Greetings and Welcome!
I am a learning scientist in the fields of cognition and education. Affiliated with the University of California San Diego and the University of California Los Angeles, my research program, broadly defined, addresses questions of: (a) how do human beings learn and retain educationally relevant information? and (b) how can learning and memory be optimized to yield durable, long-lasting understanding and retention? This program includes a focus on evidence-based learning techniques, including retrieval practice, interleaved practice, and errorful generation. Previously, I completed my undergraduate studies via the Early Entrance Program at California State University Los Angeles and my graduate studies at the University of California San Diego. My research has been supported by the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award, and an NIMH T34 Pre-Doctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. I can be contacted here.
Workshops and Resources
Interested in graduate school? I've developed a series of instructional videos to help guide students through the application process and increase their chances of success. Please contact me if you are interested in research opportunities at the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UCSD or the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Laboratory at UCLA. If you are in the SD area, consider attending Paths to PhDs, a panel workshop series where graduate students in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience share insights on successfully applying to, and succeeding in, graduate school. Want to improve your study skills? I have produced video guides to the most effective techniques. These are intended to help students learn how to take advantage of the best learning techniques for maximum academic performance. I also have a series of videos on writing successful research papers in APA style. Applying for competitive graduate fellowships such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship? Here are my tips for crafting a winning entry.