Our Story

Measuring Cognitive Flexibility, Working Memory, and Inhibitory Control Skills

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 Executive Function, 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 the MEFS App in their own research, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Zelazo created Reflection Sciences in 2014 to bring the MEFS App to the broader educational community. It 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 Team

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Jeff Shelstad

Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chief Science Officer
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Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board
Shawn Wood

Shawn Wood

Interim Chief Technology Officer
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Tamara Spiewak Toub, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development
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Nicole Stucke

​Client Service Support Manager
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Marie Lister, M.Ed.

Professional Development Specialist
Rebecca Distefano

Rebecca Distefano

Training Provider
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Andrei Semenov

Training Provider
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Nick Harrod

Research Assistant
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Maggie Schreiner

Research Assistant

Board of Directors

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Jeff Shelstad

Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chief Science Officer
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Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board
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John G. Carlson

Chairman of the Board
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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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Eric Doan

Chief Financial Officer, Edmentum

Advisors

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Phil Zelazo, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board
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Ellen Galinsky

Chief Science Officer Bezos Family Foundation
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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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Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D.

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

Business Advisor
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