The Uttal Lab

    Graduate Students and Post-Docs


Kinnari Atit

»Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology.

Kinnari's area of research focuses on the intersection of spatial thinking and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. She aims to understand the role of spatial thinking skills in STEM domains, and also how to develop those skills in students both in and out of the classroom. For example, she is currently investigating the role of children's spatial thinking skills when learning computer programming, and whether developing middle school students’ spatial thinking skills improves their math performance. Prior to Northwestern, Kinnari was a postdoctoral researcher/program coordinator at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth where she investigated alternative methods of identifying academic talent in historically underrepresented students. Kinnari received her PhD in Psychology at Temple University in 2014 where her research focused on spatial thinking in geoscience education.

 

 

Mia Marcus

»Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Educaiton and Social Policy.

  

   David Miller

 

»Sixth Year Graduate Student with foci on social psychological aspects of spatial thinking and the role of spatial thinking in STEM fields.

Research Publications


Kay Ramey

 

»Sixth Year Graduate Student in Learning Sciences with an interest in the role of external representation, spatial reasoning, and technology in STEM education.

Ongoing research in the Lab

  • Studying spatial reasoning among middle school students engaged in hands-on engineering activities. The goal of this research is to both improve our understanding of the role of spatial reasoning within these activities and to find ways to improve the activities themselves with scaffolding for difficult spatial concepts and problems. 

 

 

 

Emily Hollenbeck

»Fifth Year Graduate Student with an interest in spatial thinking and geospatial technologies.

Ongoing research in the Lab

  • Studying the impact of the Geospatial Semester (GSS) on students' higher-level spatial reasoning.

Yanning Yu

»Fourth Year Graduate Student in Learning Sciences with an interest in math understanding.

Ongoing research in the Lab

  • Studying the role of spatial thinking in calculus understanding and problem solving, and how that might differ for experts and novices.

 

Jue Wu

»Second Year Graduate Student in Learning Sciences with an interest in underrepresentation in STEM fields.

Ongoing research in the Lab

  • Studying the learning experiences that drive college students to join STEM from non-STEM fields.

 

Staff

 

 

 


Undergraduates


EmilyLiquin

»Junior at Northwestern University majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology

Research done in the Lab

  • Studying preschoolers' use of symbols to map between two spaces
  • Independent research studying toddler's learning from storybooks and iPads

Nick Medrano

» Junior at Northwestern University studying Human Development and Psych Services and majoring in Psychology

Research done in the Lab

  • Studying parent-child learning interactions at a science museum

  • Independent research studying parent-child conversations in relation to hypothesis testing behavior

Xavier Kirkham

» Junior at Northwestern University majoring in Communications

Research done in the Lab

  • Independent research studying the relation between sketching and spatial ability

Rose McBride

» Sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Psychology

Research done in the Lab

  • Studying toddler's learning from storybooks and iPads

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Graduate Students and Post-Docs


 

Lei Yuan

»Postdoc at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Research done in the Lab

Kelly Sheehan

»Postdoc at Northwestern Univeristy.

Research done in the Lab

Erin Jant

 

» Assistant Professor at Penn State University at York

Research Publications

Research done in collaboration with Loyola Chicago


Cheryl Ann Cohen

» Lecturer and researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Publications


Ben Jee

 

»Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rhode Island College

Research done in the Lab

Omaha Science Media Project -- http://omahasciencemediaproject.org/


Maria Del Rosario Maita

» Visiting Scholar in the Lab; PhD in Psychology; Post Doctoral Fellow of the National Research Council, Argentina; Assistant Professor in the National University of San Martin, Rosario, Argentina

Research done in the Lab

Research done in Argentina


» Completed Ph. D. in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University and Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research done in the Lab

Omaha Science Media Project -- http://omahasciencemediaproject.org/


Linda Liu Hand

» Director, Research Support Administrator: College of Nursing at the University of Iowa

Research done in the Lab


» Ph. D. in Psychology from the Uttal and Genter labs

» Associate UX Researcher, AnswerLab

Research done in the Lab

Reasearch done in collaboration

  • Spatial Development

Elizabeth Ware

» Assistant Professor of Psychology at Viterbo University

Research done in the Lab


Undergraduates

Cynthia Chiong

» Received her Ph. D. and is currently working for the Wireless Generation in New York

Michael Downing

» Graduated Northwestern in 2012. Currently works at UIC.

Research done in the Lab

  • Psychological presence and its affect on learning
    • Presented at University of Virginia and MPA.

Ksjusha Povod

» Graduated Northwestern in 2012.

Research done in the Lab


Maria Ptouchkina

Maria Ptouchkina

» Consultant and training in India.

Research done in the Lab


Ellen Reynolds

» Graduated Northwestern and works at a psychology lab at Columbia University.

Research done in the Lab


Chris Warren

» Assistant Director of Development, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, Guatemala

www.asturiasacademy.org

 

Lute Yang

Lute Yang

» Graduated Northwestern Universityin 2013

»Bioprocess technician at Genentech


Lisa Sandstrom

Von Waggoner

» Chief Resident, Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Hospitals

Vanessa Gregg
» Attended George Washington University

Meredith DeHaas

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2014 majoring in psychology and minoring in global health.

Research done in the Lab


Roxana Obregon

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2013 majoring in biological science and minoring in psychology.

Research done in the Lab


Chelsea Gustafson

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2014 majoring in psychology.


» University of Indiana Medical School

 


Staff

Alison Alden

» Psychotherapist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago


Caroline Crouch

Caroline Crouch

»Project manager at Capture Technologies, LLC

Research done in the Lab

Omaha Science Media Project -- http://omahasciencemediaproject.org/

Nadeeka Dias

» Attending The Univeristy of Texas HSC towards a Ph. D. in Neuroscience

Research done in the lab


Nathaniel Meadow

» Study Coordinator and consultant for projects within the Lab

Research done in the Lab


Kate O'Doherty

 

» Bowdoin College


Kate Bailey

» Study Coordinator for projects within the Lab

Research done in the Lab


Eleanor Tushman

 

» Lab Manager and Research Program Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

 


 

 

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