Our Story

The original Reflection Sciences logo painting by Co-founder Dr. Phil Zelazo, 2014.

Reflection Sciences is the culmination of twenty years of groundbreaking research, constant curiosity, and unwavering passion for Executive Function skills, development, and advocacy. Phil Zelazo, Ph.D. and Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., researchers at the University of Minnesota and Co-founders of Reflection Sciences, spent years studying Executive Function and determining how it could be improved, and how that in turn could improve early childhood education. They soon realized a key component was missing: an effective way to scientifically and objectively measure Executive Function in young children. With a growing appreciation of the need for services around EF, and with support from the National Institutes of Health, the Co-founders created the best measure of Executive Function available today – the Minnesota Executive Function Scale – a direct behavioral assessment of the neurocognitive skills that are most vital to academic and life success.

After seeing the effectiveness of MEFS in their own research, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Zelazo created Reflection Sciences in 2014 to bring MEFS to the broader educational community. MEFS is now being used across the nation and internationally to accurately measure Executive Function in preschools, K-12 schools, after school programs, Head Start programs, and pediatric clinics.

Our Mission

Our ultimate goal is to reduce gaps in achievement and opportunity by advancing the science and practice of Executive Function to accelerate learning. We already know enough to start making a positive impact, and we want you to be able to benefit directly from that information, contribute your own data, and play an active role in the process.

Our Services

At Reflection Sciences, we strive to provide a range of services aimed at supporting healthy executive function development in childhood and beyond. For more information on our patent-pending assessment app, professional development, data analysis, and intervention services,
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Meet the Team

Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board

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Lori M. Meredith

Vice President of Sales

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Josh Harrod

Director of Training

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Tamara Spiewak Toub, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development

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Marie Lister

Professional Development Specialist

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Nicole Stucke

​Client Service Support Manager

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Seth Saeugling

Social Impact Ambassador

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Anna Carlson

Data Analyst

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Nick Harrod

Research Assistant

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Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D.

Training Provider

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Rebecca Distefano

Training Provider

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Andrei Semenov

Training Provider

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James Pennington

Business Advisor

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Shelley Bromberek-Lambert

Business Advisor

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Board of Directors

John G. Carlson
Chairman of the Board
Principal, System Change, LLC

Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.
Director
Co-founder and CEO

Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.
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Co-founder

University of Minnesota
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Advisory Board

Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board

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Michael Feuer, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Education Policy
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University

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Ellen Galinsky

Chief Science Officer
Bezos Family Foundation

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Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of  Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
University of Maryland College Park

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Elanna Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Chief Academic Officer, Chief Executive Officer
KinderCare Education Early Learning Programs

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