My program of research stems from my experiences as a 5th grade teacher in a low-socioeconomic urban district. The students I worked with appeared to learn in ways that were
fundamentally different than students I had taught from middle- and high-socioeconomic
areas. I was motivated to find out why. To gain a thorough understanding of the
neurological underpinnings of learning that could be at play, I worked with a
lab investigating the electrophysiological patterns of human memory. I then went
on to earn a PhD in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology.
Now, I draw on scientific findings from the fields of education, neuroscience,
cognitive, and developmental psychology to approach my teaching and research.
My current research focuses on the ways socioeconomic status impacts malleable
cognitive processes associated with academic achievement.
For details on my current projects, please see my laboratory website.