Education

B. A., Psychology & Anthropology 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ph.D., Child Psychology, 1996, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Post Doctoral Research Associate 1996-1997, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

Post Doctoral Research Associate 1997-1998, Behavioral Sciences Unit, Institute of Child Health, University College London, England

Research Interests

My research focuses on reasoning in preschool-aged children. I am interested in how children form analogies and think about categories. Within each of these topics I explore how individual differences in gender stereotyping and executive function might support or interfere with optimal  reasoning.

Other Interests

In addition to my research, I am interested in improving students' success in college. I am the associate director of the Baccalaureate and Beyond programs which support students from community colleges who are interested in science and technology. I have also established the I-RISE mentoring program for psychology students and have been working to improve the experience of transfer students.