Michele Mazzocco, Ph.D., is a professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, where she is also the research director at the Center for Early Education and Development. Her research interests focus on cognitive development, including the development of mathematical thinking and mathematics learning difficulties.
During her 18 years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, she initiated and completed a 10-year NIH-funded longitudinal study of mathematics abilities and disabilities, following nearly 200 students from kindergarten through ninth grade. She has numerous publications reporting on this and other research. In 2007, she co-edited (with Dan Berch) one of the first edited volumes devoted to the science of mathematics learning difficulties, Why Is Math So Hard for Some Children?
A former classroom teacher, Mazzocco pursued a master’s degree in early childhood education and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Arizona State University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.