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

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.Jaramillo

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.

Jaramillo, S., Kuo, E., Nokes-Malach, T., & Rottman, B. (2021). Using Causality to Map Difficulties in a Qualitative Physics Problem. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43.

Whitcomb, K. M., Kalender, Z. Y., Nokes-Malach, T. J., Schunn, C. D., & Singh, C. (2020). Laying a foundation for success in engineering coursework: A predictive curriculum model. International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(4).

Kalender, Z. Y., Marshman, E., Nokes-Malach, T., Schunn, C. D., & Singh, C. (2020). Beliefs about competence: The story of self-efficacy, gender, and physics. In A. Murrell (Ed.), Diversity across disciplines: Research on people, policy, process and paradigm. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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News and Awards

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


Kudos to Brian Galla, Assistant Professor, Education, and Tim Nokes-Malach, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their study, “Using Mindfulness Training to Support Engagement, Learning, and Retention in Undergraduate Introductory Physics Courses.”

May 15, 2020

Brian Galla and Tim Nokes-Malach were quoted and their research, using mindfulness to improve achievement gaps in introductory physics courses, was cited in Personalizing the Pitt Experience Forge Your Own Path's article, "Using Mindfulness to Boost Low Confidence."

January 8, 2020


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