I have always been fascinated by human behavior, and in particular, the behavior of young children. As soon as I realized that it was someone's job to ask questions about how children learn and develop, and to answer those questions using science in order to improve our understanding and the lives of children and families, I knew I wanted that job. Beyond research, I began my career search as a music education major, and during that time, I developed an appreciation for high-quality, thoughtful teaching and mentoring. It has been said that education is the great equalizer of the conditions of humanity, and I am passionate about doing my part to make it so.
- PhD, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2018
- BA, Psychology, Temple University, 2013
- PSY 225: Statistical Techniques
- PSY 640: Developmental Foundations
As a developmental scientist, my research is situated at the intersection of developmental, cognitive, and educational psychology and is broadly concerned with understanding how children learn through play. Specifically, I aim to understand the role of play in young children’s learning, to uncover mechanisms underlying effective playful pedagogies, and to develop play-based interventions to promote early learning and development. In the past, I have focused specifically on the role of personal, social, and contextual factors, such as socioeconomic status and bilingualism, on early mathematics learning.