As an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, my research focuses on serving vulnerable youth through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes.
Yale University, Post-Doctoral Training
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, 2012- 15
Boston College, Ph.D.
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, 2011
Boston College, Certificate
Center for Human Rights and International Justice, 2010
Harvard University, Ed.M.
International Education Policy, Graduate School of Education, 2008
Hofstra University, B.A.
Honors College, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude; Minors: Philosophy; Education, 2005
NOT ALL CLASSROOMS
ARE TREATED EQUALLY.
My applied work models trajectories for our most vulnerable student populations and builds, informs, and evaluates structures to systematically improve them through evidence-based practice. In this era of educational accountability, our lowest achieving students and the teachers who educate them are often left behind. Factors that place students at-risk for diminished psychosocial health, achievement, and economic outcomes are often complex and difficult to change. However, a standardized evaluation tool and targeted, evidence- based social-emotional learning training of educators working with these historically under-served student populations, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and youth involved in the juvenile justice systems has potential to optimize developmental trajectories.