David Menendez is a PhD. student in psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is advised by Dr. Karl Rosengren and Dr. Martha Alibali.

David’s research interests are mainly on how cognitive development influences children’s learning, particularly in STEM courses. His research explores how the perceptual features of diagrams and visual representations influence elementary and middle school students learning science concepts. Some his work examines the factors that influence metacognition and problem solving skills.

He earned his M.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His master’s thesis was titled “Priming variability helps children and adults learn about biology.”