Sofia Tancredi

Photograph of a white woman with long brown hair smiling broadly.

Research interests: sensory regulation, fidgeting and stimming, neurodiversity, movement and learning, embodied cognition, individual differences, sensory experience of learners on the autism spectrum and learners with ADHD, holistic education, accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, design-based research, multimodal learning analytics.

I study the impact of sensory features of instruction on learning. My focus is on individual differences in sensory systems like the vestibular (balance and orientation) system, and accessibility for learners who for example might need a greater amount of stimulation to this system. This work is inspired by my career working with K-12 learners, particularly students identified as having challenges with learning, attention, and behavior in typical classroom contexts. I am currently in my third year in the joint doctoral program in Special Education at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, where I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellow.

Active lab projects: Balance Board Math, SpEED

Contact: sofiatancredi (at) berkeley (dot) edu


Tancredi, S., Chen, R. ., Krause, C., Abrahamson, D., & Gomez Paloma, F. (2021). Getting up to SpEED: Special Education Embodied Design for Sensorially Equitable Inclusion. Education Sciences & Society – Open Access12(1).

Tancredi, S., Abdu, R., Balasubramaniam, R., & Abrahamson, D. (2021, June 10). Proof of Concept: Applying Recurrence Quantification Analysis to Model Fluency in a Math Embodied Design. In E. de Vries, J. Ahn, & Y. Hod (Eds.), 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2021 (pp. 917–919). International Society of the Learning Sciences, 2021.

Tancredi, S., Abdu, R., Abrahamson, D., & Balasubramaniam, R. (2021, 2021/04/03/). Modeling nonlinear dynamics of fluency development in an embodied-design mathematics learning environment with Recurrence Quantification Analysis. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 100297.

Tancredi, S., Chen, R. S. Y., Krause, C., & Siu, Y.–T. (in press). The need for SpEED: Reimagining accessibility through Special Education Embodied Design. In S. L. Macrine & J.M. Fugate (Eds.), Movement matters: How embodied cognition informs teaching and learning.  M.I.T. Press.

Burgstahler, S., & Thompson, T. (Eds). (2019). Designing accessible cyberlearning: Current state and pathway forward. Seattle: University of Washington.


Krause, C.M., Tancredi, S., Chen, R. S. Y. (2021, July). Time for SpEED: Ansätze für inklusiv-gleichberechtigte Lerngelegenheiten durch Special Education Embodied Design [Time for SpEED: Reimagining equitable learning opportunities through Special Education Embodied Design]. Invited colloquium presentation, Thursday colloquium of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Tancredi, S., Chen, R. S. Y., & Krause, C. (2021, May 6-9). SpEEDing towards equitable instruction: Special Education Embodied Design for sensory diversity (Panel). Uncommon Senses III: Back to the Future of the Senses, Montreal, Canada.

Tancredi, S., Chen, R. S. Y., Krause, C., & Abrahamson, D. (2021, March). Getting up to SpEED: Special education embodied design for sensorially equitable inclusion. Invited keynote in F. Gomez Paloma (Convener), Inclusion Week. University of Macerata, Italy. (Excerpt)

Tancredi, S., Chen, R., Krause, C. (2020. November 13). The Need for SpEED: Special Education Embodied Design. Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) Colloquium, University of California Berkeley.

Tancredi, S. (2020, October 9). The Balance Number Line: Incorporating Vestibular Activation into Math InstructionBNL_STARFall2020Poster. Poster presented at STAR Sensory Symposium, Virtual Symposium.

Tancredi, S., Chen, R., & Krause, C. (2020, February 2). The need for SpEED: Special Education Embodied Design. Presentation and panel presented at UC-SpEDDR, UCLA.

Chen, R. & Tancredi, S. Centering disability and neurodiversity in embodied design. Presentation at the EMIC Synthesis and Design Workshop: The Future of Embodied Design for Mathematical Imagination and Cognition,  University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Tancredi, S. (2019, April). Imagining Sensory-regulatory embodied mathematics design. Poster presented at the annual Graduate School of Education Research Day, University of California, Berkeley.

Tancredi, S. (2019, April). Embodied cognition and educational design. Guest lecture for Introduction to Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Tancredi, S. (2019, January). Sensory regulation and embodied design. Presentation at AccessCyberlearning Capacity Building Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.