I grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, where I did competitive Scottish Highland Dancing - including competing at the World Championships in Dunoon, Scotland and performing as part of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. I continued to compete and perform throughout grad school and am still a certified highland dance teacher!
Before joining UChicago, I did my PhD at Boston College with Dr. Sara Cordes and my undergraduate in Mathematics at McMaster University. When beginning my math degree, I had no idea I would end up a psychology PhD and my route to get here was atypical and full of serendipitous moments. But, now I get to study how people think about mathematical ideas and the surprising mathematical intuitions held by young kids, while continuing to do math myself through advanced computational and statistical methods.
Currently, I live in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL with my partner and our daughter. I love being outside hiking and camping, especially in the fall. When the weather is less great, I also like to bake and paint watercolors. Although I don’t really dance anymore (but maybe I will again!), I’m an active runner and love the lakeshore path along Lake Michigan.