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Erin A. Maloney


My research program sits at the intersection of cognitive development and education. I explore the cognitive and social factors that influence performance in mathematics and spatial processing. In particular, I focus on the role of numerical competency, anxiety, and stereotypes in math and spatial achievement. In addition to answering basic questions about cognition, with my research, I aim to inform educational practice and policy.

My research takes place both in the lab and in the classroom studying adults, young children, their teachers, and their parents. I have also recently begun conducting behavioural studies online and intend to use this technology in longitudinal and cross-cultural studies.

I am currently employed as a Senior Researcher at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Prior to taking this position, I earned my PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Jonathan Fugelsang. I then worked for four years as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of Chicago under Dr. Sian Beilock and Dr. Susan Levine. 


*** Hear me speak about a recent finding on Quirks & Quarks and on CBC ***