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October 23, 2017
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Dr. Joanne Lee

Dr. Joanne Lee

Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information
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Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3875   |  lab 519-884-0710 ext.2643

Office Location: N2074G (Science Building)
Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm; And By Appointment
Personal Website:
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
B.A. (summa cum laude), York University
B.B.A., National University of Singapore

Joanne Lee is a developmental psychologist specializing in mathematics learning and early childhood education. She joined the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2006, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Her research focuses on understanding developmental changes in numeracy and geometry from infancy to formal schooling. Her goal is to develop effective early childhood education programs and learning strategies to help young children acquire strong mathematical foundations. Together with Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos (Faculty of Education), she has co-created an early numeracy program and workshop called LittleCountersTM

 Areas of research specialties:

  • The LittleCountersTM program for parents and early childhood educators to instill mathematical concepts in young children
  • Acquisition of numeracy and geometry through purposeful play
  • Block play and mathematical competence
  • Mathematics learning using electronic devices
  • Evaluation of software user interfaces and educational programs/games
  • E-Portfolios and assessment in mathematics
  • Laboratory, home-based, daycare-based, and school-based studies
  • Studies with preverbal infants using Intermodal Preferential Looking system
  • Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic studies

Her Child Language & Math Lab is equipped with the Observer XT system and the Intermodal Preferential Looking (IPL) system to conduct both observational and experimental studies to study the language & math learning process. These two systems are funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF). Her research is also funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER). In addition, she is also a collaborator on a SSHRC Community-Research Alliance (CURA) grant on working to improve the inclusion of visible minorities and immigrants second and third tier Ontario cities. She was also the recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator award in 2007.

For more information on ongoing and completed research studies, please visit her Child Language & Math Lab.

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