Dana Miller-Cotto, Ph.D.
Greetings! I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC) and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. 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 in the co-development of executive functions (the ability to regulate and control actions and cognitions) and mathematical knowledge. Specifically, how do children's opportunities (e.g., home experiences, classroom instruction, learning interventions) promote or inhibit improvement in math and executive functions? In what ways can we design interventions or teach students' problem solving strategies with development of knowledge and executive functions in mind? 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.
Questions? Comments about my work? Just want to say "hello"? Contact me at email@example.com.
"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".
-Stephen Jay Gold