Caitlin Brez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • cbrez@unca.edu
  • 250-3855
  • 226 Delany Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Note:

Education

  • B.A., Wake Forest University (Psychology)
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin (Psychology)
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (Psychology)

Courses

  • Research Methods I
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • First Year Seminar

Research and Professional Interests:

  • Cognitive Development
  • Math and Number Skills in Infants and Children
  • Growth Mindset Theory
  • Impacts of COVID on Children and Parents

Dr. Brez is a cognitive developmental psychologist.  She is interested in studying how infants and children learn about the world around them.  Her primary focus is on how infants and children learn about number and math skills.  She has studied number discrimination, counting, more/less, and other skills.  She is also interested in applying those skills to real world settings and applications, such as education.  She is currently researching how kids understand negative numbers and applying that knowledge to how negative numbers are taught in school.  Additionally, she studies many other topics related to children’s development including the impact of recess and free play time on kids’ performance in school, the relationship between music skills and math skills, and the impact of the COVID pandemic on children and parent’s well being.  She also does some research on college age students and the effectiveness of growth mindset interventions in this population.