Tracey Noel Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD

Educational Researcher
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is the author of eight books on mind, brain, and education science, and dozens of articles related to this nascent field. Her most recent works are Neuromyths (2018) and The Five Pillars of the Mind (2019). She currently conducts educational research with the Latin American Faculty for Social Science in Ecuador (FLACSO) in Quito. She is a former member of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) expert panel to redefine teachers' new pedagogical knowledge due to contributions from technology and neuroscience. She is the founder of Connections: The Learning Sciences Platform, which provides evidence-based resources to teachers. Tokuhama-Espinosa has taught kindergarten through university and works with schools, universities, governments, and non-governmental organizations in over forty countries around the world. She is the former director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (IDEA) and director of online learning at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and founding dean of education at the American University in Quito (Universidad de las Americas). Her office seeks to improve the quality of education through research, teacher training, and student support. Her current research focuses on the integration of mind, brain, and education science into teachers' daily practice and professional development; changes in preschool math and pre-literacy skills based on neuroconstructivism; multilingualism; and the leveraging of technology to enhance learning outcomes.


  • PhD Capella University