The Division of Research on Learning (DRL) supports research and development on learning in relation to all STEM disciplines, for any age group, and across settings (formal, informal, and online). DRL works closely with other divisions and directorates at the National Science Foundation, and external partners.
I have served as division director of DRL since April 2015. Prior to that, I was a program officer in DRL. I have also undertaken temporary assignments in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, and in the NSF Convergence Acclerator.
My academic background is in cognitive science--I have degrees in Psychology and Computer Science--and I have conducted research on thinking and learning by adults and children, involving experimentation and computational modeling. Some of this research that is particularly relevant to my work at NSF has been on concept learning, memory, scientific and informal reasoning, metacognition, and math anxiety. Other relevant interests include neuroscience, data science, team science, and applications of technology to STEM education.