Tricia J. Ngoon

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 become experts by scaffolding learning and relational thinking.

I received my B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and worked as a research assistant at Stanford University prior to starting graduate school.

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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. 2018. Interactive Guidance Techniques for Improving Feedback. To appear in Proceedings of the 36th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).
  • 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. 2018. Mechanisms of Interactive Specialization and Emergence of Functional Brain Circuits Supporting Cognitive Development in Children. npj Science of Learning, 3(1).
  • 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

    As a UX intern at the NASA 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.
  • Teaching

    One of the most rewarding parts of being a graduate student is being able to teach and mentor promising, motivated students and apply active learning strategies to engage students to learn better.

  • COGS 120/CSE 170: Interaction Design (Teaching Assistant)

    Lead studios and guide students through the human-centered design process to develop a mobile web application.

  • COGS 122: Interaction Design Studio (Teaching Assistant)

    Helped students conceptualize and prototype innovative startup ideas.

  • COGS 123: Social Computing (Teaching Assistant)

    Facilitated discussions of current issues in social computing research.

  • COGS 17: Neurobiology of Cognition (Teaching Assistant)

    Lead discussion sessions with active learning strategies to help students review and consolidate course material.

  • Interests

    I am also involved as the Event Coordinator for UCSD Graduate Women in Computing to promote diversity and inclusion in technological fields. I enjoy volunteering at Birch Aquarium, informing the public about science and marine conservation.

    In my free time I like playing video games, practicing martial arts, and exploring the San Diego coffee and beer scene.