Alumni

Past Post Docs and Graduate Students

Kinnari Atit

» Assistant Professor at University of California Riverside
»Her research focuses on the intersection of spatial thinking and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and understanding the role of spatial thinking skills in these domains, and how to bolster and develop STEM-relevant spatial thinking skills in students.
» Research done in the Lab:
Middle School Math Achievement and Spatial Skills
Implementation of Arduino robots in high school physics classrooms (EAGER project)


Maria Del Rosario Maita

» PhD in Psychology; Post Doctoral Fellow of the National Research Council, Argentina; Assistant Professor in the National University of San Martin, Rosario, Argentina
»Research done in the Lab:
Symbolic and Concrete Knowledge in Learning Two-Digit Subtraction
»Research done in Argentina:
The Role of Parental Instruction in the Comprehension of a Spatial Representation
Early Cognitive Development: The comprehension and use of symbolic objects


Erin Jant

»Assistant Professor at Penn State University at York
»Research Publications:
Enhancing building, conversation, and learning through caregiver-child interactions in a children’s museum.
»Research done in collaboration with Loyola Chicago:
Research on family learning in the Crown Family PlayLab.



Camillia Matuk

»Completed Ph. D. in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University
»Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

»Research done in the Lab:
Countering Diagrammatic Narratives: The effect of animation on the interpretation of evolution
Inventing an Intuitive Representation of Relatedness
Heroes, Villains and Viruses: How graphic narratives teach science


Kay Ramey

»Post Doc at Northwestern University
»Research done in the Lab:
Studying spatial reasoning among middle school students engaged in hands-on engineering activities. The goal of this research was to both improve our understanding of the role of spatial reasoning within these activities and to find ways to improve the activities themselves with scaffolding for difficult spatial concepts and problems.

 


Megan Sauter

»Ph. D. in Psychology from the Uttal and Genter labs
» Associate UX Researcher, AnswerLab
»Research done in the Lab:
Pointing Out the Role of Maps and Gestures in Spatial Development
Maps in a Snap: Can comparison facilitate preschoolers’ understanding of maps?
»Research done in collaboration:
Spatial Development


Kelly Sheehan

»Post Doc at Northwestern University
»Research done in the Lab:
Studying preschoolers’ use of symbols to map between two spaces.
The Development of Children’s Understanding of Maps and Models
Studying toddler’s learning from storybooks and iPads.

 

 


Elizabeth Ware

»Assistant Professor of Psychology at Viterbo University
»Research done in the Lab:
Everyday Scale Errors

 

 

 


 


Past Undergraduate Students


Allie Spaulding

» Fourth Year Undergraduate Student
» Spaulding orginates from Sheboygan, Wisconsin and is a senior majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics at Loyola University Chicago. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for her PhD in physics. Here at Northwestern she assists with research in the lab, specifically in design based research interventions in high school physics classrooms on the EAGER project. Spaulding is currently the president of the club volleyball team at Loyola.


Amy Luo

» Second Year Undergraduate Student
» Amy is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Business Institutions. She began working in the Uttal lab in Fall 2017. Following graduation, Amy plans to pursue a career in the business field and hopes to apply her understanding of psychology in the industry. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Amy enjoys traveling, staying active, and a lovely night with friends and family. For more information, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.


Sophie Mann

 

» Graduated Northwestern in 2018
» Research done in the Lab:

Transcription and Coding of our EAGER project implementing Arduino robots into high school physics classrooms

 

 


Alec Smith

» Graduated Loyola in 2018
» Research done in the Lab:

Data Collection and Coding of our EAGER project implementing Arduino robots into high school physics classrooms

Advancing Early STEM Learning Opportunities through Tinkering and Reflection

 

 


Wesley Cho

» Graduated Northwestern in 2018
» Research done in the Lab:

Worked closely on the beginning stages of analysis on our EAGER project implementing Arduino robots into high school physics classroom

 

 

 


Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani

» Graduated Northwestern in 2018
» Research done in the Lab:

Implementing arduino robots into high school physics classrooms

Advancing Early STEM Learning Opportunities through Tinkering and Reflection

 

 

 

 


Michelle Fu

» Graduation Expected from Northwestern in 2019
» Research done in the Lab:

Spatial problem solving in the Geospatial Semester

Higher Mathematical Understanding through the game of Go.

 

 


Emily Liquin

» Graduated Northwestern in 2016
» Research done in the Lab:

Studying preschoolers’ use of symbols to map between two spaces

Independent research studying toddler’s learning from storybooks and iPads

 

 


Rose McBride

» Graduated Northwestern in 2017
» Research done in the Lab:

Studying toddler’s learning from storybooks and iPads

 

 

 


Nick Medrano

» Graduated Northwestern in 2016
» Research done in the Lab:

Studying parent-child learning interactions at a science museum

Independent research studying parent-child conversations in relation to hypothesis testing behavior

 


Xavier Kirkham

» Graduated Northwestern in 2016
» Research done in the Lab:

Independent research studying the relation between sketching and spatial ability

 

 

 


Tonya Bergeson

» University of Indiana Medical School

 

 

 


Cynthia Chiong

» Received her Ph. D. and is currently working for the Wireless Generation in New York

 

 

 

 


Meredith DeHaas

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2014 majoring in psychology and minoring in global health.
» Research done in the Lab:

Spatial visualization training using interactive animation.

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Downing

» Graduated Northwestern in 2012. Currently works at UIC.
» Research done in the Lab:

Psychological presence and its affect on learning (Presented at University of Virginia and MPA)

 

 

 


Vanessa Gregg

» Attended Georgetown University

 

 

 


Chelsea Gustafson

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2014 majoring in psychology.

 

 

 


Roxana Obregon

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2013 majoring in biological science and minoring in psychology.
» Research done in the Lab:

Spatial visualization training using interactive animation.

 

 


Ksjusha Povod

» Graduated Northwestern in 2012.
» Research done in the Lab:

Training Spatial Skills: What Works, for Whom, and for How Long?

 

 

 


Maria Ptouchkina

» Graduated Northwestern in 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ellen Reynolds

» Graduated Northwestern and works at a psychology lab at Columbia University.
» Research done in the Lab:

Pointing Out the Role of Maps and Gestures in Spatial Development

Maps in a Snap: Can comparison facilitate preschoolers’ understanding of maps

 


Lisa Sandstrom Von Waggoner

» Chief Resident, Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Hospitals

 

 

 


Chris Warren

» Research done in the Lab:

Learning Fine-Grained and Category Information in Navigable Real-World Space

The Malleability of spatial skills: A meta-analysis of training studies

 


Lute Yang

» Graduated Northwestern University in 2013
» Bioprocess technician at Genentech

 

 

 

 

 


Past Staff


Kate Bailey

» Study Coordinator for projects within the Lab
» Research done in the Lab:

Maps in a Snap: Can comparison facilitate preschoolers’ understanding of maps?

 

 


Nadeeka Dias

» Attending The Univeristy of Texas HSC towards a Ph. D. in Neuroscience
» Research done in the Lab:

How Sketches Reflect Spatial and Causal Scientific Knowledge

The Role of Alignment in Perceptual Learning of a Geoscience Concept

 


Grace Hall

» Lab Coordinator & Research Assistant 2016-2018
» Semi-finalist for a 2018 Fulbright Student Grant to attend Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet’s Master’s Program in Learning Sciences
» Research done in the Lab:

Advancing Early STEM Learning Opportunities through Tinkering and Reflections

Middle School Math Achievement and Spatial Skills

Implementation of Arduino robots in high school physics classrooms (EAGER project)


Nathaniel Meadow

» Study Coordinator and consultant for projects within the Lab
» Research done in the Lab:

The Malleability of spatial skills: A meta-analysis of training studies

Research on Family Learning in the Crown Family PlayLab

 


Kate O’Doherty

» Bowdoin College
» Research done in the lab:

Symbolic and Concrete Knowledge in Learning Two-Digit Subtraction

 


Eleanor Tushman

» Lab Manager and Research Program Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences