Dr Michelle Ellefson
BA (University of Minnesota), MA (Southern Illinois University), PhD (Southern Illinois University)
Ext. Director of Studies; Director of Studies in Education
University Lecturer in Psychology in Education
Michelle Ellefson is a university lecturer in Psychology & Education with the Faculty of Education and she is Course Manager for the Education Tripos. Her work integrates cognition, neuroscience, child development, and education into a multi-disciplinary, international research programme aimed at improving maths and science education. Using an iterative process, she pairs laboratory-based research with classroom learning to better understand mechanisms responsible for cognitive development and improve educational practice. Michelle studies the role of executive functions in school achievement, she investigates the role of causal reasoning for learning scientific phenomena, and she applies specific cognitive principles to classroom learning (e.g., simplicity and desirable difficulties). Initially trained in developmental cognitive neuroscience, her inter-disciplinary team of students and collaborators includes developmental scientists, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, educators, chemists, biologists, and physicists. If you’d like to know more details about her current work, then do take a look at her INSTRUCT research group website.