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Nicole McNeil, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, ACE Teaching Fellows

Dr. Nicole McNeil serves as an adjunct faculty member for the ACE Teaching Fellows program, where she teaches courses in psychology. Dr. McNeil is also the ACE Associate Professor of Psychology, a fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and the director of the Education, Schooling, Society (ESS) minor at Notre Dame. McNeil studies cognitive development, with a primary focus on how children think, learn, and solve problems in the domain of mathematics. She is a regularly invited speaker at universities around the country and has published her work in top journals such as Child Development, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Educational Psychology. McNeil's current research, which focuses on how children construct understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts, is supported by grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


2016 Christ the Teacher Award, from the ACE Teaching Fellows program

2013 Boyd McCandless Award, from the American Psychological Association (APA)

2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)


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