Kelly Trezise

I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough, UK.

My research interests involve examining the interactions between cognition and emotion and their functional implications. In particular, I am interested in understanding these interactions in learning and educational contexts, such as mathematics and writing.  I examine individual differences in learning, cognition and anxiety using a variety of analytical methods, including finite mixture models.

I completed my PhD and a postdoctoral fellowship at in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne .  I have also worked as a postdoc at the Learning Lab, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.

Current projects

Exploring Cognitive Functioning and Development


Exploring how Anxiety and Cognition affect Mathmatics Learning


Drawing Connections to Close Achievement Gaps in Mathematics

Working with Lindsey Richland

Mathematics anxiety

Identifying patterns of math anxiety during mathematical problem solving.

This work continues from my PhD work investigating how anxiety and working memory interact within a class period to affect mathematical problem solving.

Patterns of math skill acquisition

Characterising general and mathematical cognitive development, particularly in the context of arithmetic and algebra.

Anxiety-Cognition interactions
Exploring writing patterns in essay creation
Emotion and cognition interactions during learning in digital environments


Professor Robert Reeve

Associate Professor Lindsey Richland

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Paula de Barba

Jacob Paul