Dana Miller-Cotto, Ph.D.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University and my Bachelors in Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Lehman College. As an interdisciplinary scientist, I am broadly interested in cognitive development and academic outcomes, particularly as it pertains to academic outcomes for minoritized youth. The goal of my research is to improve instruction and learning environments for all students to learn and thrive, regardless of where they come from. In particular, I am interested in the role of executive function, a self-regulatory process that regulates our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, in math learning and achievement. I conduct this research through various methods, including secondary longitudinal analyses, experimental designs, and meta-analyses.
Please note: I am not accepting PhD students to work with me at Kent State University for the 2023 - 2024 application cycle. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about current and ongoing projects for future (i.e., 2024 - 2025) admission cycles. Relatedly, I strongly advocate for undergraduate research experiences and welcome opportunities to work with undergraduates in my research either for credits (with options to register for 1-3 credits) or through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP) at Kent State University. If you are an undergraduate student who hopes to gain research experiences in my lab, please send me an email indicating your interest.
"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 Gould, Historian of Science