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Doctoral Student in Developmental Psychology


Jake is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program working with Dr. Susan Levine. He graduated from Williams College in 2014 with honors and a B.A. in Psychology. Jake then spent several years working in education in Singapore before returning to psychological research. Prior to starting graduate school, Jake served as a research assistant and lab manager in the Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Chicago.   


Jake’s research explores conceptual development with a focus on mathematical symbols and notations. Specifically, he is interested in how linguistic input and spatial representations impact children’s understanding of mathematical concepts. Through this research, Jake hopes to better understand the basic cognitive processes that drive learning and identify mechanisms to close achievement gaps in mathematics.