Timothy Nokes-Malach

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center



Education and Training

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests

My research examines human learning, problem solving, and motivationwith an aim to understand, predict, and promote knowledge transfer. Specific topics include: 1) identifying the cognitive and metacognitive processes underlying transfer success and failure, 2) exploring the relations between instruction, motivation, cognition, and transfer, 3) examining social and ecological processes that support or inhibit transfer, and 4) investigating the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognition, learning, and transfer. An overarching goal is to develop instructional theories to promote learning and transfer in mathematics and science.

College Teaching & Learning Computer-supported Collaboration Discipline-based Education Research Equity Learning Opportunities Minoritized Groups Motivation Science Learning & Instruction Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Learning Technology Motivation & Engagement STEM

Recent Publications

Steele, C., Lobczowski, N., Davison, T., Yu, M., Diamond, M., Kovashka, A., Litman, D., Nokes-Malach, T., & Walker, E. (2022). It takes two: Examining the effects of collaborative teaching of a robot learner. In: Rodrigo, M.M., Matsuda, N., Cristea, A.I., Dimitrova, V. (eds) Artificial Intelligence in Education. Posters and Late Breaking Results, Workshops and Tutorials, Industry and Innovation Tracks, Practitioners’ and Doctoral Consortium. AIED 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13356. Springer, Cham.

Kalender, Y., P Marshman, E., Schunn, C., Nokes-Malach, T. J., & Singh, C. (2022). Framework for unpacking students’ mindsets in physics by gender. Physical Review Physics Education Research , 18, 010116.

Jaramillo, S., Kuo, E., Rottman, B. M., & Nokes-Malach, T. J. (2021). Investigating causal inference difficulties with a simple, qualitative force-and-motion problem. In M. B. Bennett, B. W. Frank, & R. E. Vieyra (Eds.) Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings (pp. 197-202). American Association of Physics Teachers. https://doi.org/10.1119/perc.2021.pr.

Asano, Y., Litman, D., Mingzhi Yu, Lobczowski, N., Nokes-Malach, T., Kovashka, A., & Walker, E. (2022). Comparison of Lexical Alignment with a Teachable Robot in Human-Robot and Human-Human-Robot Interactions. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Edinburgh, UK. Association for Computational Linguistics.

Pelakh, A., Good, M. L, Kuo, E., Nokes-Malach, T., Tumminia, M. J, Jamal-Orozco, N., Diamond, M.S., Adelman, A., & Galla, B. (2021). The Relationship Between Intelligence Mindset and Test Anxiety as Mediated by Effort Regulation. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43.

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News and Awards

Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on a new website, 'Teaching in Psych," and were featured in a LRDC brief.

September 26,2022


The Psychology Department and the University Center for Teaching & Learning just launched a new website, "Teaching in Psych." LRDC faculty members Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on this site which features helpful resources for improving and addressing barriers to teaching in Psychology.

September 26, 2022


Brian Galla, Timothy Nokes-Malach, LRDC, and Melanie Good, Department of Physics and Astronomy, received an NSF grant for "Collaborative Research: Investigating the Impact of Mindfulness Training to Mitigate Psychological Threat and Enhance Engagement and Learning in Undergraduate Introductory Physics."

August 1, 2021

Erin Walker, SCI, has been named principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant to study the use of robots in middle school math classrooms. Her co-principal investigators are Diane Litman, Computer Science, and Timothy Nokes-Malach, Psychology, and Adriana Kovashka, (SCI).

November 10, 2020


Erin Walker, Diane Litman, Timothy Nokes-Malach, and Adriana Kovashka received a National Science Foundation award for their study on "Designing Effective Dialogue, Gaze, and Gesture Behaviors in a Social Robot that Supports Collaborative Learning in Middle School Mathematics."

September 14, 2020


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