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My research program focuses on understanding cognitive development, embracing a dynamic systems approach. This approach is evident in my examination of interactions among many processes that unfold over multiple time scales, from seconds to lifetimes. For example, I seek to understand the dynamics of spatial cognition, particularly the development of location memory, spatial communication, and way-finding processes by focusing on how cognitive processes, environmental cues, and task demands interact over time. In addition, I seek to understand the development of executive functioning during childhood and its relation to school readiness and achievement. I also seek to understand how Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) technology and curricula improve spatial thinking and problem solving during the elementary years as one avenue for facilitating success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). I have built meaningful collaborations with students and faculty on campus and around the world as we embrace cutting-edge problems that combine strong theoretical background, careful empirical work, and important applied considerations. 

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