I am a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. I work in the Digital Learning Lab, where I manage the NSF-funded project, Investigating Virtual Learning Environments.
As an educational psychologist, I utilize theories of learning and development to understand and improve how students learn information and reason about the world.
One area of my work involves using cognitive theories of learning to understand how students study, and whether using effective study strategies (spacing, self-testing) promotes learning in STEM courses.
I also utilize learning analytics to better understand student achievement in technology-enhanced and online STEM courses. My final area of work examines thinking and reasoning in everyday contexts, particularly among college student populations.
I am very passionate about training students in educational data science and have developed a series of materials for learning Python, a popular programming language.
Prior to UCI, I worked at WestEd where I helped schools make data-driven decisions that improved learning outcomes in classrooms.
I received my master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan. I was also a fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course while at Michigan.
I received my B.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and I owe much to the great faculty there.