I strongly value teaching and mentorship in research. In particular, I believe that the lesson of deepest value in any education is how to think empirically: How to formulate a clear question, find evidence that bears on the issue, and evaluate that evidence to draw a justified conclusion. In my teaching, I aim to help students become good psychological scientists, and also more judicious consumers of information more generally, better able to wrestle with the many empirical claims that surround us in daily life.

Teaching experience

In my time at Harvard and Boston University, I have sought out many substantive teaching experiences. I have taught my own seminar course, receiving excellent teaching evaluations (4.75/5) and two teaching awards. As part of this seminar course, I mentored students individually as they selected topics and wrote multiple revisions of the Sophomore Essay, an open-topic research proposal or theory paper making an original contribution to the scientific literature.


I have also served as teaching fellow for two courses: For these courses, I taught weekly discussion sections, co-wrote and graded exams, and met regularly with individual students as they designed experiments, collected data, and wrote empirical research papers.


I've also given many guest lectures, in classes at Harvard, MIT, BU and UCSD. In addition, I've sought significant other teaching as an instructor in the MIT Educational Studies Program (for local high school students) and the Harvard Museum Family Program (for local families), and have taught workshops for undergraduate researchers at Boston University.

Instructor, Contemporary Issues in Psychology: Intensive Cross-level Analyses, Harvard University
Fall 2012
Designed and conducted seminar course to teach students to think, write, and communicate like psychological scientists.

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George W. Goethals Award for Sophomore Tutorial
Awarded for exceptional instruction in the Psychology department's sophomore tutorial program.
Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
Awarded for excellence in teaching.
Teaching Fellow, Social Psychology, Harvard University
Spring 2010
For course with Prof. Josh Greene.
Teaching Fellow, Psychological Science, Harvard University
Fall 2009
For course with Prof. Steve Pinker.
Instructor, Workshops for Undergraduate Researchers, Boston University
2013-2014
Led a series of workshops to expose undergraduate researchers in developmental psychology to important aspects of the scientific process as well as to teach them skills necessary for research.
  • Peer review in science: How it works, why it is successful, and when it fails
  • How to read a scientific paper: Using Stephen Kosslyn's QALMRI outline, and focusing on figures
  • How to (actually) use Excel: Exploring your data using filters, pivot-tables and functions
  • Writing a scientific paper: How to write a clear, powerful introduction
  • Writing a scientific paper: How to write a great abstract
  • Life after college: Navigating grad school applications and careers in psychology
Instructor, Splash! Educational Studies Program, MIT
2006-2011
Designed and taught weekend classes of 30-150 high school students.
  • Genetic and environmental influences on the mind and brain
  • Uncovering human nature: Evolution of the mind and brain
  • Subliminal influences on your decisions
  • The development of the human mind
Instructor, Spark! Educational Studies Program, MIT
2008-2009
Designed and taught weekend classes of 30-150 high school students.
  • What do babies know? Cognitive development
  • How the mind works: A tour of awesome findings in psychology
Instructor, Family Program, Harvard Museum of Natural History
Fall 2009
Dance, Dance, Evolution: The Origins of Music and Dance in Man and Birds
Guest Lecturer, Professional Issues in Psychological Science, Boston University
Spring 2014
For course with Prof. Helen Tager-Flusberg.
Guest Lecturer, Music and the Mind, UCSD
Spring 2013
For course with Profs. Sarah Creel & Jaime Pineda.
Guest Lecturer, Music and Language, Harvard University
Fall 2010
For course with Dr. L. Robert Slevc.
Guest Lecturer, Laboratory in Visual Cognition, MIT
Fall 2009
For course with Prof. Aude Oliva.
Guest Lecturer, Animal Cognition, Harvard University
Spring 2009
For course with Dr. Irene Pepperberg.
Guest Lecturer, Music Perception and Cognition, MIT
Spring 2009
For course with Dr. Peter Cariani.
Mentorship

I enjoy and strongly believe in the value of providing good mentorship for undergraduate students and junior researchers. As a research mentor, I aim to shape students into colleagues by giving them insight into every stage of the scientific process. I have mentored 26 undergraduate research assistants at Harvard and Boston University, many of whom continued in research. I also served as primary mentor to an undergraduate thesis student, who is now enrolled in a top-tier psychology PhD program.


From 2007 to 2012, I served as primary academic advisor for 50+ undergraduate psychology students in Mather House, one of Harvard College's twelve residential communities. I advised students from their sophomore to their senior year, meeting with each student several times per semester to guide and approve their academic decisions and help them plan for the future.


I've also developed and conducted a series of useful workshops for undergraduate and junior researchers, including topics like how peer review works, data analysis and visualization, and writing great scientific papers.

Research Mentor, 25+ Undergraduate Research Assistants
Harvard University
2006-2012
Chang Xu, Janie Fredell, Joe Pike, Eesir Kaur, Melissa Collins, Laura Simon, Ananda Leon, Laura DiCola, Chelsea Ono Horn, Laura Garvin, Yue Jiang, Aimee Massey, Mallory Owen, Devon Barrett, Jodi Krakower, Brad Bader, Melody Wu, Adanma Ekeledo, Lester Kim, Carin Eisenstein, Clara Yoon
Boston University
2013-present
Arthur Fu, Leah Montner-Dixon, Jamie Fehribach, Mio Shang, Justin Cai
Research Mentor, Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Harvard University
2009-2010
Student Laura Garvin currently Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at University of Chicago.
Academic Advisor in Psychology, Harvard University
2007-2012
Served as primary academic advisor for 50+ undergraduates. Advised students from their sophomore to their senior year, meeting with each student several times per semester to guide and approve their academic decisions and help them plan for the future.
CURRICULUM PLANNING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
In addition to teaching individual courses, I have also been involved in shaping the undergraduate curriculum. From 2009 to 2012 I served as graduate representative on the Committee on Undergraduate Instruction in Psychology, taking part in decisions on curriculum change and discussions of the goals and components of undergraduate psychology education.
Graduate Representative, Committee on Undergraduate Instruction in Psychology, Harvard University
2009-2012
Took part in decisions on curriculum change and discussions of the goals and components of undergraduate psychology education.