Faculty Directory

Elida Laski

Program Director, Applied Psychology and Human Development, B.A.

Associate Professor


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


Laski’s work uncovers the cognitive processes underlying learning, producing insights that improve instructional materials. Her expertise includes early mathematical thinking and development and the application of cognitive science, experimental designs, and small-scale intervention studies to education.

Laski is the principal investigator for Boston College’s Thinking and Learning Lab, which studies cognitive development with a primary focus on mathematical knowledge. The strategies emerging from its published research have earned attention from The Wall Street Journal, CBS, and the International Business Times.

Since 2009, she has taught in the Lynch School’s CDEP Department. Her students benefit from Laski’s immersion in the latest research: She’s on the editorial boards of the Journal of Montessori Research and Bordon: Revista de Pedagogia, and she reviews articles for 20 other national and international publications. Her dozens of talks and presentations testify to her deep commitment to sharing her knowledge.

In 2015, the American Psychological Association gave Laski its Outstanding Paper Award (Early Career, Division 7 – Developmental Psychology). She has earned awards for her mentoring as well as Boston College’s Teaching with New Media Award.