University of Western Ontario (2005-2009), Harvard Graduate School of Education (2010-2011), University of Oxford (2011-2015)
BA, EdM, DPhil
What topics do you work on?
Child Development, Early Years, Executive Functions, Numerical Cognition, Attention
What methods do you use?
I use behavioural assessments including standardised psychological measures, and computerized tasks. I also use electroencephalography (EEG) to look at electrophysiological activity in the brain associated with cognitive processes. I am in the process of analysing data from my first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study!
Who was your favourite teacher?
My favourite teacher was Madame Couvillon, my kindergarten teacher. I’ve always loved school!
Me and my work
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Numerical Cognition Lab at Western University. Specifically, I am interested in how young children learn early numeracy skills and how cognitive factors such as attention play a role in this learning process.
One of the things I love most about what I do is that I get to work on a variety of things. I spend time collecting data. For example, I sometimes visit nurseries to test pre-schoolers. I also analyse data by running statistics and write-up my results. Science is collaborative so another thing I do is meet with other scientists to discuss our work or attend seminars to hear about developments in the field.