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Ph.D. - Psychology Yale University - 2005
M.Phil. - Psychology Yale University - 2003
M.S. - Psychology Yale University - 2002
B.S. - Cognitive Neuroscience University of Florida - 1999
Dr. Candice Mills conducts research examining how children learn from others. In one line of research, she examines how children evaluate explanations, particularly in the domain of science. She studies the factors that help children recognize weaknesses in explanation quality as well as in what circumstances children respond to weak explanations by attempting to “fill the gaps” in their knowledge. In other research, she examines how children learn to take a critical stance when learning from others, understanding that some sources may be more accurate and/or helpful than others. A new line of work in her lab examines how children think about fantastical beings like Santa Claus. Throughout her research, Dr. Mills aims to characterize developmental changes in how children learn from others, using the results to develop ideas for how to best encourage thinking and learning abilities. Dr. Mills has received grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Timberlawn Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In addition, in 2011, she was awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. Dr. Mills earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Florida and her PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University. For more information, please view our lab website at https://labs.utdallas.edu/thinklab/
Research interests include :
Explanation and Understanding
For a list of publications, please see our lab's website: https://labs.utdallas.edu/thinklab/research/publications/ 2022 - publications
Associate Professor The University of Texas at Dallas [2011–Present]
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–2011]
HONORS AND AWARDS
2021 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2020 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2019 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2018 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2017 Nominee: Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
2016 Winner of Graduate Professional Week Three Minute Thesis Faculty Competition
2014 Nominee: Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
2013 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2013 Seniors' Choice Award, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
2013 Nominee: Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
2012 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2011 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
2009 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, UT Dallas
2009 Finalist for UTD Chancellor's Outstanding Teaching Award
2008 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
2007 UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Award: Mentor
Dr. Candice Mills, associate professor of psychology in The University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has received a three-year, $1.25 million grant from the NSF to develop an online platform for research on cognitive development in children ages 3 to 6. The result will be a website that will offer fun research activities for families and will help scientists understand child development on a larger scale than ever before.
When COVID-19 mitigation measures put the brakes on face-to-face cognitive development research across the country, a half-dozen developmental psychologists united to create a way to bring their work online — potentially altering their field beyond the pandemic pause.
University of Texas at Dallas psychologist Dr. Candice Mills is one of six scientists from six U.S. universities coast to coast who joined forces to launch the Children Helping Science project, which is designed to increase participation in online developmental psychology studies.
Mills, an associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, described the website as a venue where families can view a large database of ongoing research projects from universities around the world to find studies about child development that they can do from home.
A UT Dallas researcher has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand how children process scientific explanations, and whether those explanations whet their appetite to learn more about a topic.
A UT Dallas researcher is examining how children evaluate information to solve problems and learn how to think critically, with the aim of combating misleading advertising aimed at young people. Children’s lack of cynicism is refreshing to adults. But to navigate through life successfully, individuals must know how to differentiate between reliable and doubtful sources of information. Dr. Candice Mills, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and a researcher in the Center for Children and Families, is seeking preschool and elementary-age children to participate in two separate studies. The first study, sponsored by a $153,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is studying ways to help preschool-age children determine what sources are most helpful in answering their questions.
Dr. Candice Mills, an assistant professor of developmental psychology whose enthusiasm for her subject has proved contagious for her students, recently received the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award. “Candice Mills was chosen for the Excellence in Teaching Award because of her outstanding contributions to our programs, based upon input from both students and faculty peers. She exemplifies the school’s commitment to creative and rigorous student training,” said Dr. Bert Moore, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “My primary goal as a teacher is to prepare students to be scientifically critical consumers of psychological information,” said Mills. “To reach this goal, I aim for students in all of my classes to develop critical thinking skills and to appreciate and understand psychological science.”
Society for Research in Child Development, Cognitive Development Society
"Innovating Developmental Science with an Online, Scalable Meta-Science Platform for Investigating Cognitive Development During Early Childhood"
$1,250,000 - National Science Foundation [2021/09–2024/08]
Principal Investigator: C. M. Mills; Co-PI: M. Sheskin
"When Honesty is Discouraged: Understanding Culturally-Endorsed Parental Lies"
$133,418 - The John Templeton Foundation [2021/09–2024/09]
Principal Investigator: T. R. Goldstein; Co-PI: C.M. Mills