Brianna L. Devlin, PhD

Research Interests

Early childhood development, school readiness, number sense, mathematics learning, early assessment and intervention


  • 2021, Ph.D., University of Delaware, Education, Learning Sciences
  • 2012, B.A., Grand Valley State University, Psychology


Dr. Brianna Devlin studies the development and malleability of early competencies important for later mathematics learning. Bri is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Purdue University in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. She is collaborating with Dr. Sara Schmitt on research examining causal connections between preschoolers’ block play and the development of early mathematics skills.

Selected Publications

  • Hornburg, C. B., Devlin, B. L., & McNeil, N. M. (2021). Earlier understanding of mathematical equivalence in elementary school predicts greater algebra readiness in middle school. Journal of Educational Psychology, manuscript accepted for publication.

  • Jordan, N. C., Barbieri, C., Dyson, N., & Devlin, B. (2020). Improving learning in students with mathematics difficulties: Contributions from the science of learning. In A. J. Martin, R. A. Sperling, & K. J. Newton (Eds.), Handbook of educational psychology and students with special needs (pp. 461-486). Routledge.

  • McNeil, N. M., Hornburg, C. B., Devlin, B. L., Carrazza, C., & McKeever, M. O. (2019). Consequences of individual differences in children’s formal understanding of mathematical equivalence. Child Development, 90, 940-956.

 Brianna Devlin

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Pronouns: she/her)

(Ph.D., University of Deleware)

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