Director


Timothy Nokes-Malach

Timothy James Nokes-Malach

Professor, Department of Psychology and Learning Sciences and Policy
Senior 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


Nikki Lobczowski

Nikki Lobczowski

Research Interests: Nikki’s research focuses on designing and studying context-sensitive socioemotional interventions for collaborative settings that incorporate cutting-edge technologies and analytic methods. She is interested in designing technologies to support students and teachers in secondary school math contexts and investigating how between- and within-group differences influence various constructs that are important for learning.


Graduate Students and Post-Baccalaureate Fellows


Kelly Boden

Kelly Boden

Research Interests: Kelly is a fourth-year graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology program. She is interested in how motivation can impact different types of learning processes and outcomes. Her current research investigates how self-efficacy and achievement goals influence procedural and conceptual learning. She is also interested in how teachers impact student motivation and learning.

Quentin King-Shepard

Quentin King-Shepard

Research Interests: Quentin is a first-year graduate student 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.

Nabila Jamal Orozco

Nabila Jamal Orozco

Research Interests: Nabila is a fourth-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.

Avital Pelakh

Avital Pelakh

Research Interests: Avital is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology Program. Broadly, her interests include problem solving, reasoning, and misconceptions in science, as well as metacognition, mindfulness, learning from errors, student motivation and engagement, and science communication. She is currently working on a project looking at the relationship between psychological threat and problem solving in introductory physics, and the potential impacts of mindfulness training on that relationship, as well as a project looking at the relationship between scientific reasoning and learning among undergraduate biology students.



Project Coordinator


Sara Jahanian

Sara Jahanian

Research Interests: Sara graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Statistics and Data science. Her previous research is in cognitive development and semantic organization. Her current research area studies mindfulness interventions as a means for supporting college undergraduates in STEM fields.


Research Assistants


Jordann Antoan

Jordann Antoan

Jordann is a senior Rehabilitation Science major on the Pre-Occupational Therapy track. She is currently working on the Mobile Mindfulness Training and Physics Learning Project. She plans to use her experience in mindfulness research to deepen her understanding of learning mechanisms so that she can put them into practice as an occupational therapist. Jordann is going to Occupational Therapy school next year and plans to use the skills she learned in the Cognitive Science Learning Laboratory to continue doing research.

Nicole El Hayek

Nicole El Hayek

Nicole is a junior majoring in Psychology, minoring in Neuroscience, and getting a certificate in Global Health. She is currently working on the Mobile Mindfulness Training and Physics Learning Project. She plans to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology and thinks that research is a great way to learn and gain experience outside of the classroom.

Kristen Hinshaw

Kristen Hinshaw

Kristen is a first-year master's student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program. She is interested in child learning, particularly in the assessment of learning disabilities and providing educational interventions to help individuals learn in ways that best promote their success.

Keely Lombardi

Keely Lombardi

Keely is a Senior with a Major in Psychology and a minor in Public Service. She is currently working on the Mobile Mindfulness Training and Physics Learning Project. Keely believes that research is an interesting way to work outside of the classroom, while also testing classroom knowledge. After completing her undergraduate studies, Keely plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology and eventually work within the field.

Kayla Tupper

Kayla Tupper

Kayla is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. She is currently working on the Mobile Mindfulness Training and Physics Learning Project. Kayla is interested in pursuing a research career in cognitive or social psychology.


Teaching Scholars


Collaborators Past & Present


Vincent Aleven

Vincent Aleven

Professor,

Director of Undergraduate Programs,

Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University

Ivan Ash

Ivan Ash

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Old Dominion University

Kevin Binning

Kevin Binning

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler

Chair, Department of Education,

Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor of Education

Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Washington University in St.Louis

Shana Carpenter

Shana Carpenter

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Iowa State 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

Brian Galla

Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Melanie Good

Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Grabowski

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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

Jeffrey Karpicke

Jeff Karpicke

James V. Bradley Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Purdue University

Nancy Kaufmann

Nancy Kaufmann

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

University of Pittsburgh

Tanner LeBaron Wallace

Tanner LeBaron Wallace

Associate Professor, Psychology in Education

Center Associate, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

John Levine

John M. Levine

Senior Scientist, LRDC

Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

Diane J. Litman

Diane J. Litman

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Senior Scientist, LRDC

Co-Director of Intelligent Systems Program

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

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

David Miele

David Miele

Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology

Lynch School of Education, Boston College

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

Ben Rottman

Ben Rottman

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh

Christian Schunn

Christian D. Schunn

Senior Scientist, LRDC

Professor, Department of Psychology, Education, Intelligent Systems Program

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

Uma Tauber

Uma Tauber

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Texas Christian University

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

Erin Walker

Erin Walker

Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information

Research Scientist, LRDC

University of Pittsburgh


Graduate/Postdoctoral Alumni


Louis Alfieri

Louis Alfieri II

Robotmatter

Matt Bernacki

Matthew Bernacki

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at UNC School of Education

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

Yasemin Kalender

Yasmin Kalender

Eric Kuo

Eric Kuo

Assistant Professor, Physics and Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illionis

Liz Richey

Liz Richey

Project Scientist at Carengie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Hannah Sung

Hannah Sung

Cristina Zepeda

Cristina Zepeda

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University in St. Louis Department of Education



Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Alumni


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Dinya Aboud

Amy Adelman

Amy Adelman

Mike Ansell

Mike Ansell

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Alyssa Chomitzky

Alyssa Chomitzky

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Heather DeCleene

Fred Diego

Fred Diego

Cori Green

Cori Green

Stephen Grivnow

Stephen Grivnow

Nora Hass

Norah Hass

Alicia Heim

Alicia Heim

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Anh Huynh

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Margaret Kelley

Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee

Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee

Tessa Lewis-Whitson

Tessa Lewis-Whitson

Jing Liu

Jing Liu

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Samuel Liu

Kylene Lovell

Kylene Lovell

Alex Kunisky

Alex Kunisky

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Connor McGrath

Britney Milculka

Britney Milculka

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Diksha Mishra

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Brandon Moseberry

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Darren Pifer

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Sam Potter

Austin Rosenkrans

Austin Rosenkransr

Kristin Sawl

Kristin Sawl

Spencer Schmidt

Spencer Schmidt

Madeline Sharmat

Madeline Sharmat

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Amanda Sheller

Julianna Sincavage

Julianna Sincavage

Alyssa Thatcher

Alyssa Thatcher

Ally Weaver

Alexandria Weaver

Nolan Weinlader

Nolan Weinlader

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Emma Vogan

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Quin Yang