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Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Neuroscience
Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling


  • Math cognition
  • Math anxiety
  • Math attitudes
  • fMRI
  • ERPs


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Educational Neuroscience
  • Learning
  • Development


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Barcelona (Spain).
  • MS, Cognitive Science and Language, University of Barcelona (Spain).
  • BS, Psychology, University of Barcelona (Spain).


Macarena Suárez Pellicioni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama. She is a core faculty member in the Educational Neuroscience concentration. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Barcelona, where she used event-related potentials (ERPs) to study the electrophysiological correlates of math anxiety in adults. She then continued her training as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin (2015-2017) and at Vanderbilt University (2017-2019) working with Dr. James Booth on a project aiming to identify the neurocognitive mechanisms explaining longitudinal improvement in math in children using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

She joined the University of Alabama in January 2020 as an Assistant Professor, where she has continued this research line, focusing more on identifying the brain correlates of affective factors (math attitudes), their role in explaining math achievement, and their interaction with cognitive and social variables. Dr. Suárez Pellicioni teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses including Advanced Educational Psychology, Numerical Cognition, Methods & Trends in Educational Neuroscience, or Readings in Educational Psychology.

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