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Tracy Solomon

Tracy Solomon


Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Solomon is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE. She holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. She did postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago and was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to OISE she was a Health Systems Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is interested in the application of research on math learning and teaching in the classroom setting.

Dr. Solomon is passionate about evidence based education. Specifically, she is interested in how research on effective learning and teaching can be made accessible to educators so that the results can help to inform practice and policy decision-making. Her research interests are mainly focused on math education. She has done research with typically and atypically developing children at all ages using a variety of research methodologies, in the laboratory and also in educational settings. Most recently, she led a large scale randomized-controlled trial of the JUMP Math program of math instruction for k-8 students.

Dr. Solomon is particularly interested in early learning. She recently led a randomized-controlled trial of the Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum, a program aimed at improving the development of self-regulation in preschoolers an essential aspect of school readiness. She is currently developing of a math-focused supplement for preschool curricula to help set children on a positive trajectory in their math learning as they enter formal schooling.

Teaching Overview

Currently Teaching:
APD2293 Interpretation of Educational Research Methods
APD5022 Effective Math Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School Years
VIC363H1S Teaching Math: The JUMP Approach (undergraduate course taught at Victoria College, University of Toronto)

Representative Publications

  • Solomon, T., Dupuis, A., O’Hara, A., Hockenberry, M., Lam, J., Goco, G., Ferguson, B., & Tannock, R. (2019). A cluster randomized-controlled trial of the effectiveness of the JUMP Math  program of math instruction for improving elementary math achievement. PLOS ONE , 14, 1-36.
  • Solomon, T., Plamondon, A. O’Hara, A., Finch, H., Goco, G., Chaban, P., Huggins, L., Ferguson, B., & Tannock, R. (2018). A cluster randomized controlled trial of the impact of the Tools of the Mind  curriculum on self-regulation in Canadian pre-schoolers. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology , 8 , 1 – 18.
  • Solomon, T. & Mighton, J. (2017). Developing mathematical fluency: a strategy to helping children learn their multiplication facts. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Winter, 31 – 34.
  • Solomon, T. L., Vasilyeva, M., Huttenlocher, J.. & Levine, S. C. (2015). Minding the gap: Children’s difficulty conceptualizing spatial intervals as linear measurement units. Developmental Psychology , 51, 1564-1573.

Recent Grants:

  • 2012-2018 Investigation of the Efficacy of the JUMP Math Program of Math Instruction. Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)  USA 
  • US$ 2, 750, 000
  • 2014-2017 Keys to Succeed: Cognitive and Academic Intervention Program for Children and Adolescents Surviving Cancer. Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), Canada 
  • CDN$ 450, 000


Professional Activities

In addition to her research related activities, Dr. Solomon gives talks and actively consults with a wide range of educational stakeholders, including teachers, principals and school board authorities, funding agencies and educational authorities in Canada and abroad.