STEM Education Researcher

Emily Lyons

Program/Areas of Interest

  • STEM Teaching and Learning
  • Dissemination of STEM education research
  • Equity in STEM Education
  • Impacts of High Stakes Testing
  • Motivational Orientations and Achievement Mindsets
  • Executive Function in STEM education


Emily Lyons, Ph.D. is a mixed methods researcher with experience conducting research with children, teachers and parents in classroom, laboratory and informal STEM learning contexts. As a former K-12 STEM teacher, she is especially interested in bridging research with practice to improve STEM education and achievement outcomes, particularly among students from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM.


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, 2019
  • B.S. in Biology & Society, Cornell University, 2009


  • AERA
  • SRCD
  • CDS

Honors & Awards

  • National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Highlighted Publications

Lyons, E.M., Simms, N., Begolli, K.N., Richland, L.E. (2017). Stereotype Threat Effects on Learning From a Cognitively Demanding Mathematics Lesson. Cognitive Science.

Begolli, K.N., Richland, L.E., Jaeggi, S. M., Lyons, E., Klostermann, E., Matlen, B. (2018), Executive Function in Relational Reasoning: Incorporating Everyday Classrooms into the Science of Learning. Thinking and Reasoning. Pp. 280-313

Richland, L. E., Begolli, K.N., Simms, N., Frausel, R.R. Lyons, E. A. (2016). Supporting mathematical discussions: The roles of comparison and cognitive load, Educational Psychology Review, 29(1), 41-53. DOI 10.1007/s10648-016-9382-2.