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Katie chose LSRI because it offers a unique environment that permits learning scientists and psychologists to work side-by-side to answer the toughest  learning-related questions. When she isn’t studying irish dance or singing a capella, Katie works on Project READI, a $19 million-federal grants that looks at how to improve a student’s ability to create academic arguments using multiple kinds of texts across the subjects they study in school.


Cognitive Psychology

Entered Program

Fall 2010



  • Ed. M, Harvard University, Mind, Brain, and Education
  • B.A., Northwestern University, Psychology


Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Professional Goals

Establishing connections between cognitive psychology and learning sciences research to improve the design of learning environments in both formal and informal settings.

LSRI Projects

Reading for Understanding Across Grades 6 through 12: Evidence-based Argumentation for Disciplinary Learning and the Integrating Cognition and Measurement with Conceptual Knowledge: Establishing the Validity and Diagnostic Capacity of Concept Inventories

Hobbies & Interests

Irish Dance, A Cappella

Why Learning Sciences?

I'm studying Learning Sciences because it enables me to investigate the cognitive aspects of learning while considering how they play out in the real world.

Why LSRI at UIC?

LSRI at UIC offers a unique environment in which Learning Scientists and Psychologists work closely together to investigate a variety of learning-related questions.