Dana Miller-Cotto, Ph.D.
Greetings! I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco at Neuroscape Center (Cognitive Neurosciences, Education Division) and Research Scientist in Advanced Education Research and Development. Before joining the Neuroscape team at UCSF and Education R&D, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC) and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh collaborating with Dr. Chris Schunn. I earned my PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University under the advisement of Dr. James Byrnes.
My research broadly involves predictors of student achievement related to how students think about, learn, and excel in math and science. I am particularly interested identifying opportunities that promote learning in math and cognitive processes that facilitate learning. Specifically:
Born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents, I'm also interested in the educational experiences of students of color from urban communities. I employ longitudinal, experimental, and meta-analytic techniques to examine these interests.
"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops".