After completing my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education, I worked as an elementary school teacher. Throughout my years in the classroom I became particularly interested in the area of learning disabilities, which motivated me to complete a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Special Education. During this time, I developed an interest in the new field of Mind, Brain and Education and conducted research using ERPs to investigate the neural correlates of symbolic number processing and its relationship to children’s math achievement.
My present research focuses on basic numerical processing skills in young children and I am currently developing a classroom assessment tool used to measure these foundational abilities. This assessment tool has been tested in Canada as well as in Cambodia and Kenya through collaborations with the Global Partnership for Education of the World Bank and the African Health and Population Research Center. My goal is to examine the relationship between basic numerical processing skills in the primary grades and individual differences in mathematical competence as well as the theoretical and practical implications of this relationship across cultures.