2018 - 2019 Visiting scholars

Each of our departments has its own policies and procedures for working with international scholars. If you're interested in being a visiting scholar, please contact the department directly.

Qiong Dong

Qiong Dong is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, Anhui University, Hefei, China. She has a PhD in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in China. Her main interest is in the area of language and literacy development in normal samples and dyslexic children, especially in how children develop morphological awareness, vocabulary and reading ability. She will be working in the Melissa Koenig Early Language and Learning Lab in the Institute of Child Development.

Zhen Li

Zhen Li is a visiting scholar working with Dr. Thomas Stoffregen in the School of Kinesiology. He comes from Chang’an University in China, where he is a Ph.D. student. His main focus is motion sickness in vehicle. While at the UMN, she will be focusing on the project titled, “Cyber sickness in Virtual Reality

Yizhao Wang

Yizhao Wang is a visiting scholar supported by Chinese Scholarship Council. He will be working with Dr. Jürgen Konczak (Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory) in the School of Kinesiology during his research period in the UMN. Yizhao is a PhD student of sports rehabilitation from Tianjin University of Sport, as well as a competent physical therapist worked in the rehabilitation department of HuanHu Hospital, Tianjin, China.

He is interested in neurological rehabilitation, the novel treatment method and the potential mechanism of recovery. Especially, the proprioception plays a key role in recovery, but always be neglect. He believes that he can analyze patients’ sensorimotor function more professional and help them plan personalized treatment after his research.

Huanqing Wu

Huanqing Wu is a visiting scholar working with Dr. Bodong Chen at LT Media Lab in the College of Education and Human Development. She comes from Qufu Normal University of Rizhao in China, where she is a teacher, assistant professor, master tutor. She has a PhD in education from Beijing Normal University in China. Her main interest is in the area of knowledge building and teacher development. especially in how to develop teachers’ TPACK with knowledge building.

Vivian Duarte Couto Fernandes

Vivian Duarte Couto Fernandes is a PhD candidate in Accounting Program at the Federal University of Uberlândia, located in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she is an assistant professor. Vivian is interested in Economics of Education. For her PhD thesis she is working with Dr. Nicola Alexander, at OLPD department, for 2018-2019 academic year, in partnership with her advisor in Brazil, Dr. Gilberto José Miranda. While at UoM, Vivian will be working to investigate which college characteristics lead students to a better achievement. Her visiting scholarship is being sponsored by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES), finance code 001.

Dr. Kadir Bilen

Dr. Kadir Bilen is a visiting scholar working with Professor Gillian Roehrig in the STEM Education Center for the 2018-2019 academic year. He comes from Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University in Turkey, where he is a professor, master tutor and got her doctorate.

His main interest is nature of STEM inquiry, professional development: customized STEM training for K-12 teachers. While at the UMN, he will be focusing on advancing elementary and middle school STEM education.

Nerea Villabona

Nerea Villabona is a PhD student in the doctoral program Education: School, Language and Society at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain), where she received her BA in English Studies and MA in Multilingualism and Education. She is a visiting scholar in the Second Language Education program in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. While at the University of Minnesota, she will be working on her dissertation, which explores the implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programs in multilingual settings.

Zeynep Ertekin

Zeynep Ertekin is a Ph.D. candidate in Developmental Psychology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. I came to ICD as a visiting student researcher with the Fulbright Scholarship.

My research interests are the development of at-risk children; especially institutionalized children or children from low-SES family environments and the effects of temperamental characteristics of children on the relation between the environment and their development.

Currently, I am working on my Ph.D. thesis with Megan Gunnar in her Human Developmental Psychobiology Lab. The aim of the dissertation is to examine the effects of early adversity and temperament on infants’ stress levels and cognitive development. I hope that this study would contribute to understanding the role of early environment, child temperament and stress levels on the cognitive development of infants.

Soyoun Park

Soyoun Park is a visiting scholar working with Dr. Sehoon Kim. She is an associate professor from Anyang University in South Korea. Her research orientation is in evaluation studies in HRD. Dr. Park has published fifty research papers in this area. She participated and has been the PI in several national-level projects, particularly in the area of culture and arts education evaluation. While at the UMN, she will be focusing on the training program effectiveness and evaluative thinking.

Nivin Ali-Saleh Darawshy

Nivin Ali-Saleh Darawshy is a Post-Doctoral Israeli -Haruv institutes fellowship at the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota. She is working with Professor Abigail Gewirtz, a senior lecturer in the department of Family Social Science, at examining parents combat exposure and investigate the prevention programs ADAPT on their parenting. Additionally, Nivin interesting on writing a systematic review of the existing literature on intervention and prevention programs to reduce the exposure to community violence and ameliorate the negative effects of such exposure.