MAPLE Lab director

erin ottmar, PHD

Erin Ottmar is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Technology and Psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of educational, cognitive, and developmental psychology and aims to better understand how cognitive and non-cognitive pathways improve mathematics teaching and learning. She teaches classes and mentors students in the Learning Sciences and Technology graduate program and the undergraduate psychology program in the Social Science and Policy Studies Department.

She directs the MAPLE lab

(Math, Abstraction, Play, Learning, and Embodiment!)

Scholarly Interests

Interventions in Schools; Technology Development; Mathematical Cognition and Development; Mathematics Teaching and Learning; Social and Emotional Learning; Observational Measurement; Teacher/Child Interactions; Teacher Quality; Motivation and Engagement; Teacher Beliefs and Knowledge


Post-Doctoral Training (2011-2014) UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND Department of Psychology Mathematics Learning and Cognition

Ph.D (2011) UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Curry School of Education Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science

B.A (2005) UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND Psychology and Elementary Education


Erin Ottmar

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Psychology

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Unity Hall 387

100 Institute Rd.

Worcester MA 01609


MAPLE Lab: Unity Hall Learning Sciences Lab 320