I am a PhD Candidate in Cognition and Development. Working on the Scientific Practices project, I help to develop assessments, theoretical frameworks, and item response models to evaluate the educational effectiveness of a new middle school science curriculum and characterize the emergence of scientific thinking in early adolescence. My dissertation research focuses on outcome measurement in educational program evaluation. I aim to develop methods for judging the suitability of an assessment as an outcome measure in the evaluation of a math or science intervention designed to improve student achievement. In my spare time, I enjoy chasing after my 5 year old troublemaker and his one year old sister, the apprentice troublemaker.