Doctoral student in Cognition
Deena is a doctoral student working with Susan Levine and Daniel Casasanto. She holds a B.S. in biology from Brown University and an M.A. in cognitive studies in education from Columbia University's Teacher’s College. Prior to starting her graduate career, she spent nine years working as a middle and high school teacher in urban public and charter schools.
Deena’s research addresses the mechanisms by which humans understand and work with abstract concepts, particularly number. She is particularly interested in the ways that humans use concrete perceptual experiences to make sense of number.