The research in our lab sits at the intersection of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and education. We focus on the cognitive and emotional factors that influence math learning and the impact parents and teachers have on children’s learning. Much of our work focuses on the role of math anxiety in math performance. In addition to answering basic questions about numerical and mathematical representation and learning, we use our research to inform educational practice and policy.

Our lab is passionate about issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we are constantly striving to make our science more representative and accessible.

Our work is funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Congratulations to Dr. Erin Maloney and Dr. Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk for publishing their first children’s book on combatting math anxiety! The book also features illustrations from one of our graduate students, Fraulein Retanal, in collaboration with one of our volunteers, Rodger Retanal, and has been edited by our lab manager, Elora Wales. Click here to purchase a paperback copy of the book on Amazon. Click here to visit the “Peyton and Charlie Challenge Math” page on our website for more information and free resources!

Congratulations to Dr. Erin A. Maloney on receiving this year’s Psychonomic Society’s Early Career Award! The award honors scientists who have made excellent contributions to cognitive psychology early in their careers. https://bit.ly/3i1i4H5

Dr. Erin A. Maloney received this year’s uOttawa Young Researcher Award! The award is presented to a member of the teaching staff who has earned distinction for the importance and exceptional characteristics of their research work. https://bit.ly/3i09tGg

Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Fraulein Retanal, for receiving the Psychonomic Society’s 2021 J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award. bit.ly/3999pPX

Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Geneviéve Trudel, for being awarded the SSHRC’s 2021 Vanier CGS Award.