Interested in educational psychology? Get to know some of our current students and learn about their experiences in our programs.
Counseling and student personnel psychology
Cristina Silva Gleason is interested in working with students in alternative learning sites (particularly students who are pregnant and/or parenting as well as immigrant students). Gleason also is part of the data collection team for the Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project, which assesses early literacy and language skills for Spanish-speaking preschool-aged children.
Hannah Boldt initially pursued a degree as a saxophone player. Her own winding road led her to find her passion within the field of career counseling and personal therapy. Read more.
Psychological foundations of education
Anthony Schulzetenberg owned a small business for 10 years where he worked with a wide array of professionals in a health setting. He was awarded a national grant he currently uses to better understand the internal struggles in learning and comprehension, particularly within underrepresented college students. Through psychology and research, he is working to narrow the achievement gap in colleges across the country.
Soo-hyun Im is an international student and before pursuing his PhD taught elementary school for five years. He is currently developing a new theory called arithmetic sense—the adaptive use of strategies when solving complex problems for predicting individual differences in achievement among elementary and college students. Read more.
Quantitative methods in education
Diamonique Walker was a teen mother who ended up dropping out of high school. Now, Walker is a PhD student in the QME program and is researching how to make standardized tests more culturally sensitive and fair for nonwhite and low-income students. Read more.
Hao Jia is an international student providing practical and clear guidance for collecting and analyzing educational data to improve theories and analysis and uncover insights into the relationship between academic achievement, students, families, and schools. Hao is also working on a theoretical paper regarding the sample size requirement for Hierarchical Level Modeling method, which aims to show the best sample size for accurate estimation and provide practical guidance for sample collection within educational area.
Alaa Houri is exploring the socioemotional and educational needs of immigrant and culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) students in various academic settings. She currently works in Dr. Amanda Sullivan's research lab that focuses on education and health disparities affecting students with special needs, special education policy and services, as well as psychoeducational services for diverse learners.
A former school counselor, Tara Kulkarni is interested in disability diagnosis, especially in vulnerable sections of society. Her research interests also center around theories of learning and academic achievement. She currently works with Dr. Amanda Sullivan and is involved in projects that focus on disproportionality in special education and educational disparities affecting students in schools. When she graduates, Tara would like to be a researcher and future policy maker in the field of education.
Aaron Waheed is pursuing his degree in hopes of helping others in the Deaf community. Being Deaf himself, Aaron hopes to see more Deaf leaders, teachers, policy-makers, and administrators in the Deaf community and sees going into teaching as a way for him to play a part in this. Read more.
Britta Bresina was a former teacher who is now a PhD student studying why some students continue to struggle with reading even after years of intensive intervention. Read more.
Jake Anderson received his undergraduate degree from McNally Smith College of Music with the intention of playing drums for a living. After getting connected with his sister, a social worker, he decided to start working in a group home where he found a passion in working with disabilities. Read more.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in history, Mary Buvala was unsure what she wanted to pursue. After trying an AmeriCorps program where she was an academic tutor, she realized that she had a passion for teaching and connecting with students. Read more.