The research in our lab, which sits at the intersection of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and education, focuses on the cognitive and emotional factors that influence math learning and the impact of parents and teachers 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.


Please note that Dr. Maloney is not accepting any new honours thesis students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Special Announcements:

  • Michela DiStefano received SSHRC doctoral funding! In May 2019, Michela received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Congratulations Michela!
  • Andie Storozuk and Geneviève Trudel received SSHRC funding! In April 2019, Andie and Gen both received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship. Congratulations!
  • Geneviève Trudel was accepted in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program! She will pursue her journey at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Erin Maloney. Congratulations Geneviève!


WE ARE RECRUITING! We are seeking parents and their 3-year-old children, as well as parents and their children in grades 5-7. If you fit these criteria, then you may be eligible to participate in one of our studies. For more information, please contact us via e-mail or telephone.

If you are interested in participating in the Cognition and Emotion Lab, either as a research participant or as a research assistant, or if you are interested in collaborating with us on either new or on-going research, then please contact us via e-mail (

Please note that volunteers are required to be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

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