I completed my PhD in Developmental Psychology (2008) at the University of Michigan studying connections between bilingual development and social cognition. I also completed a Museum Studies graduate certificate and research on informal learning in museums. After a postdoc at UVA, I became a Research Scientist at a University of Maryland research center where I led interdisciplinary teams in studying language learning, educational technology, and individual differences in adults. I am currently the Director of Research for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise, an education nonprofit organization. I am leading the synthesis of research on the cognitive, socio-emotional, and student background factors that affect K-12 learning in order to support educators in using more evidence-based strategies in their classrooms. This work involves research translation, science communication, and studies of educational efficacy.