About Tricia

I am a third-year Ph.D student in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego working with Dr. Scott Klemmer and collaborating with Dr. Caren Walker. I am fascinated by how we as humans learn and develop expertise. I develop and evaluate tools and principles that aim to help novices develop into experts by scaffolding learning and relational thinking.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UC Berkeley and worked in a cognitive neuroscience lab at Stanford University prior to entering graduate school. In my free time I enjoy playing video games, exploring the San Diego food and beer scene, and attempting to exercise.
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Techniques for Improving Feedback

We developed CritiqueKit, an interactive feedback system that provides guidance and reusable suggestions to encourage specific, actionable, and justified feedback.

Publications & Extended Abstracts

  • Tricia J. Ngoon, C. Ailie Fraser, Ariel S. Weingarten, Mira Dontcheva, & Scott Klemmer. 2017. Interactive Guidance Techniques for Improving Feedback. Under review.
  • C. Ailie Fraser, Tricia J. Ngoon, Ariel S. Weingarten, Mira Dontcheva, & Scott Klemmer. 2017. CritiqueKit: A Mixed-Initiative, Real-Time Interface for Improving Feedback. In Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST) Companion.
  • Math Cognition in Children

    In an analysis of longitudinal anatomical and functional brain imaging data, we find that gray matter volume and functional connectivity in certain regions are predictive of longitudinal gains in numerical skills in children.


  • Christian Battista, Tanya M. Evans, Tricia J. Ngoon, Tianwen Chen, Lang Chen, John Kochalka, & Vinod Menon. 2017. Mechanisms of Interactive Specialization and Emergence of Functional Brain Circuits Supporting Cognitive Development in Children. Accepted to npj Science of Learning.
  • Tanya M. Evans, John Kochalka, Tricia J. Ngoon, Sarah Wu, Shaozheing Qin, Christian Battista, & Vinod Menon. 2015. Brain Structural Integrity and Intrinsic Functional Connectivity Forecasts 6-Year Longitudinal Growth in Children’s Numerical Abilities. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(33). 11743-11750.
  • Performance Monitoring of Software Tools

    During my internship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I worked with the Computer-Aided Engineering team to improve the way engineers monitor performance of internal software tools by applying the principles of human-centered design to uncover needs and prototype an interface design.

    Other Publications & Extended Abstracts

  • Tricia J. Ngoon, Alexander Gamero-Garrido, & Scott Klemmer. 2016. Supporting Peer Instruction with Evidence-Based Online Instructional Templates. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).
  • Tricia J. Ngoon, Rachel Chen, Amit Deutsch, & Sean Lip. 2016. Oppia: A Community of Peer Learners to Make Conversational Learning Experiences. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW) Companion.