Yana Weinstein, PhD

Cognitive Psychological Scientist,

Co-Founder of The Learning Scientists

Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Together with Megan Sumeracki, she oversees all Learning Scientists research and outreach projects.


Yana received her PhD in Psychology from University College London and had 4 years of postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. The broad goal of her research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. Yana's research interests lie in improving the accuracy of memory performance and the judgments students make about their cognitive functions. Yana tries to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn? In her spare time, Yana parents 4 kids in her blended family, and performs with a ladies Latin dance team. -- @doctorwhy