Melissa Libertus

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Lab

https://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/kitlab/

Education and Training

PhD, Duke University

Research Interests

  • Neural and behavioral basis of numerical cognition
  • Development of quantitative understanding
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Individual differences in math achievement
  • Relationship between working memory, attention, and mathematical abilities
  • Developmental dyscalculia
  • Interventions for math difficulties

Cognitive Neuroscience Community & Family-based Learning Developmental Neuroscience Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Numerical Cognition Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Developmental Processes and Outcomes STEM

Recent Publications

Leyva, D., Libertus, M.E., & McGregor, R. (2021) Relations between subdomains of home math activities and corresponding math skills in 4-year-old children. Education Sciences. 

Elliott, L., Silver, A.M., Imbeah, A., & Libertus, M. (2021). Actions may speak louder than words: Comparing methods of assessing children’s spontaneous focusing on number. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 

Elliott, L., Silver, A.M., Imbeah, A., & Libertus, M. (2021) "Actions may speak louder than words: Comparing methods of assessing children’s spontaneous focusing on number." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.  

Silver, A. M., Elliott, L., & Libertus, M. E. (2021). Parental math input is not uniformly beneficial for young children: The moderating role of inhibitory control. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Möhring, W., Ribner, A.D., Segerer, R., Libertus, M., Kahl, T., Troesch, L.M., & Grob, A. (2021). Developmental trajectories of children's spatial skills: Influencing variables and associations with later mathematical thinking. Learning and Instruction, 75.

Melissa's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Melissa Libertus, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the March 2 Institute for Learning's newsletter, answering questions on numeracy and math sense in young children.

March 2, 2021

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Jennifer Russell, Professor, Education, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology were quoted in a February 19 NPR article “Why Kindergarten? Pandemic Disruption Forces Big Questions About U.S. Education System.”

February 19, 2021

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Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, is interviewed for the October 22, 2020, Inverse article "Brain Study Reveals How Much of Math Ability is Genetic." Inverse is a digital media company covering topics such as technology, science, and culture for a millennial audience.

October 22, 2020

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Kudos to Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their research on “Personalizing Family Routines to Support Three-Year-Olds’ Math Skills.”

May 15, 2020

Melissa Libertus has been elected to the board of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society.

January 6, 2020

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Contact

626 MURDC

libertus@pitt.edu

(412) 624-7457

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