Director


Timothy Nokes-Malach

Timothy James Nokes-Malach

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Learning Sciences and Policy
Research Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

Research Interests: Tim’s research examines human learning, problem solving, and motivation with an aim to understand, predict, and promote knowledge transfer. An overarching goal is to develop instructional theories to promote learning and transfer in mathematics and science. Other interests include meditation and wilderness.


Postdoctoral Fellows


Eric Kuo

Eric Kuo

Research Interests: Eric is interested in learning, problem solving, and sensemaking in science education. He is especially interested in how people integrate scientific concepts with mathematical equations, and how this integration relates to their views on learning science. His ultimate aim is to help people learn how to learn science.


Graduate Students and Post-baccalaureate Fellows


Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams

Research interests: Jasmine is a student of Tanner LeBaron Wallace and works with the Learning Laboratory on the Activity Systems Project. Jasmine’s research investigates how teacher practices influence adolescents’ developmental and academic outcomes. She is particularly interested in the following: (1) the motivational consequences of teacher-student interactions, (2) psychological safety in secondary classrooms and its impact on adolescent identity development and achievement, and (3) educational equity.

Hannah Sung

Hannah Sung

Research Interests: Hannah is a doctoral student of Tanner LeBaron Wallace and collaborates with the Cognitive Science Learning Laboratory on an interdisciplinary study examining cognitive, social-psychological, and motivational teaching supports and their association with student academic outcomes. She is also part of the Youth Development Lab and currently works on projects investigating psychologically-wise teaching practices and student psychological experiences in math classrooms. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of effective teaching practices and youth development. Her long-term goal is to leverage her research knowledge and skills to directly provide assistance to schools and other educational institutions so that they, in turn, can provide rich, meaningful learning opportunities for youth.

Kelly Boden

Kelly Boden

Research Interests: Kelly is a third year graduate student in the School of Education's Research Methodology program. She has interests in all aspects of research, including specific statistical analyses and programs. She also has general interests in examining the relationship between teachers and students and how this relationship relates to educational and psychological outcomes in students.

Nabila Jamal Orozco

Nabila Jamal Orozco

Research Interests:Nabila is a second year graduate student in the Cogntive Psychology program. She is interested in examining early and middle childhood socioemotional impacts on cognitive processing. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the role emotions serve in the classroom and the ways in which they impact children’s learning.

Yasemin Kalender

Yasmin Kalender

Research Interests: Yasmin is a third-year graduate student in the Physics Education Research Group. Her research investigates different motivational characteristics of students and their performance in different types of physics classes. She is interested in improving all students’ learning, specifically, minority students, in introductory physics classes. In the future, she plans to pursue more profound studies in educational and motivational research related to physics disciplines.



Project Coordinator


Quentin King-Shepard

Quentin King-Shepard

Research Interests: Quentin is a post-baccalaureate fellow whose research examines the effects animacy may have in survival processing. He's particularly interested in learning, novel problem-solving, degenerative memory and its effects on behavior,decision making during a cognitively demanding task while in a high-risk situation, mood manipulation and its therapeutical techniques for high-and low-calorie intake, and health wellness. He is currently working on a project that examines embodied physics.


Research Assistants


Breanna Wallbaum

Breanna Wallbaum

Research Interests: Breanna is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh studying psychology with a focus on development and linguistics. She currently does analysis of audio recordings for the Preparation for the Future Learning Project. Breanna's interests include language development and speech pathology. She hopes to pursue a PhD and a career in speech pathology to help develop therapies for children with speech disorders.

Emily Wenz

Emily Wenz

Research Interests: Emily is a research assistant for the Preparation for Future Learning project where she is interested in how relationships between students during group work impacts motivation. Emily spends the rest of her time as a graduate student in Pitt’s Master of Occupational Therapy program and hopes to work with children and young adults. Her current research interests involve better defining occupational therapy’s role in supporting adolescents who are transitioning out of the foster care system to begin living independently.

Morgan Endlein

Morgan Endlein

Research Interests: Morgan is an undergraduate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program. Currently, she is working on the analysis of audio recordings for the Preparation of Future Learning Project. Morgan is interested in research pertaining to how children learn and interact with peers and adults as well how those interactions can affect their behavior and sense of self. She hopes to work with children after pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling or therapy.


Teaching Scholars


Collaborators Past & Present


Vincent Aleven

Vincent Aleven

Associate Professor, Human Computer Interaction

Carnegie Mellon University

Ivan Ash

Ivan Ash

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Old Dominion University

Michelene Chi

Michelene T. H. Chi

Professor, Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation

Director of the Learning Sciences Institute

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

Richard Correnti

Richard Correnti

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences and Policy

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

James Greeno

James Greeno

Adjunct Professor, Learning Sciences and Policy

University of Pittsburgh

The Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus

Stanford University

John Levine

John M. Levine

Senior Scientist, LRDC

Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

Michelle Meade

Michelle Meade

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Montana State University

Jose Mestre

Jose Mestre

Professor, Department of Physics and Educational Psychology

Faculty, Beckman Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dan Morrow

Dan Morrow

Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Faculty, Beckman Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stellan Ohlsson

Stellan Ohlsson

Professor, Departments of Psychology and Computer Science

University of Illinois at Chicago

Brian Ross

Brian Ross

Professor, Department of Psychology

Faculty, Beckman Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christian Schunn

Christian D. Schunn

Senior Scientist, LRDC

Professor, Department of Psychology, Education, Intelligent Systems Program

University of Pittsburgh

Kurt Van Lehn

Kurt Van Lehn

The Diane and Gary Tooker Chair for Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering

Arizona State University

Tanner LeBaron Wallace

Tanner LeBaron Wallace

Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education

Center Associate, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Emily Marshman

Emily Marshman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center

Assessment Consultant, Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Pittsburgh

Ben Rottman

Ben Rottman

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Kevin Binning

Kevin Binning

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Grabowski

Joseph Grabowski

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Director of Undergraduate Studies

University of Pittsburgh

Chandralekha Singh

Chandralekha Singh

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Director, Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center

Center Associate, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Nancy Kaufmann

Nancy Kaufmann

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

University of Pittsburgh

Shana Carpenter

Shana Carpenter

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Iowa State University

Jeffrey Karpicke

Jeff Karpicke

James V. Bradley Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Purdue University

David Miele

David Miele

Buehler Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology

Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Uma Tauber

Uma Tauber

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Texas Christian University

Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler

Associate Professor of Education

Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Washington University in St.Louis


Graduate/Postdoctoral Alumni


Louis Alfieri

Louis Alfieri II

Robotmatter

Daniel Belenky

Daniel Belenky

Senior Research Scientist at Pearson

Joel Chan

Joel Chan

Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design at the University of Maryland.

Robert Hausmann

Robert G.M. Hausmann

Learning Technology Scientist at Carnegie Learning

Liz Richey

Liz Richey

Instructional Consultant at the University of Maryland

Cristina Zepeda

Cristina Zepeda

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis



Undergraduate Alumni


Ally Weaver

Alexandria Weaver

Alex Kunisky

Alex Kunisky

Madeline Sharmat

Madeline Sharmat

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Dinya Aboud

Mike Ansell

Mike Ansell

Lauren Baff

Lauren Baff

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

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Heather DeCleene

Fred Diego

Fred Diego

Cori Green

Cori Green

Nora Hass

Norah Hass

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Anh Huynh

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Margaret Kelley

Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee

Tessa Lewis-Whitson

Tessa Lewis-Whitson

Jing Liu

Jing Liu
Student Pharmacist at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

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Samuel Liu

Britney Milculka

Britney Milculka

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Diksha Mishra

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Brandon Moseberry

Anne Partika

Anne Partika

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Darren Pifer

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Sam Potter

Kristin Sawl

Kristin Sawl

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Amanda Sheller

Spencer Schmidt

Spencer Schmidt

Julianna Sincavage

Julianna Sincavage
Graduate Student at Penn State

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Courtney Stein

Alyssa Thatcher

Alyssa Thatcher

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Emma Vogan

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Quin Yang