Kevin Mickey

Kevin Mickey
Data Scientist

I currently live in Richmond, Virginia, working with Prof. Jay McClelland to analyze data and write reports of our Trig Academy research. Trig Academy is an online educational platform that we created to help strengthen precalculus concepts in high school and community college students. Over several weeks, students go through self-paced interactive lesson materials that facilitate a grounded conceptual framework for understanding trigonometric relationships. They also complete assessments that demonstrate improved problem solving and may identify moderating factors. The Trig Academy project is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

In January 2019, I earned a PhD in Psychology at Stanford University. I worked in the Parallel Distributed Processing Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Jay McClelland, and I was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. I introduced trigonometry as a domain to investigate the role of rules and visuospatial structures in mathematical reasoning. Both behavioral experiments and neural network models were useful to understand these mental representations, and I built pipelines using R and Python from data collection and pre-processing to analysis and visualization. As a TA, I taught statistic classes at the undergraduate, first-year graduate and advanced graduate levels. I also worked as a statistics consultant for graduate students in the psychology department, and served as an instructor for an R bootcamp.

I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, double majoring in cognitive science (self-designed) and philosophy. My previous research experiences include: conducting behavioral experiments in spatial language and navigation (University of Notre Dame), building a neural network model of adaptive decision-making (Carnegie Mellon University), and studying social cognition and economic decision-making in capuchin monkeys (Yale University).

Born and raised in Dublin, Ohio, I root for the Indians, Cavs, Crew, Blue Jackets and (theoretically) Browns, along with the Irish.