I am accepting applications for new graduate students for Fall 2021.
Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Originally from Boulder, CO, I earned my B.A. in mathematics and statistics from Williams College and my Ph.D. from Colorado State University.
Broadly speaking, my program of research asks: How do people learn best, how do they think they learn best, and why is there frequently a disconnect between the two? In particular, I investigate how students assess their learning of complex concepts—like mathematics—and make study decisions, accordingly. I am also interested in what teachers know about effective learning techniques and how their knowledge influences their teaching practices.
Finally, understanding how various learning strategies affect memory is critical for determining what works, for whom, and under which conditions. Therefore, my research goes beyond identifying ways of studying that enhance learning and aims to describe their underlying cognitive mechanisms. I am especially interested in how students correct and learn from errors they make while studying.