Ph.D. in Education Alumni

(Listed alphabetically by last name)

ALEJANDRA ALBARRÁN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Improving School Readiness Through Parent Education Programming: Understanding the Role of Community-Based Organizations in a Large Urban Center
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2014

ANAMARIE AUGER, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Child Care and Community Services: Characteristics of Service Use and Effects on Parenting and the Home Environment
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014 

TARA BARNHART, Ph.D.
Specialization:  Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Participation in a Video Club: Influences on Teachers and Teaching
Degree Awarded: June 16, 2016

KRESHNIK "KEKO" BEGOLLI, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: The Role of Executive Functions and Visual Supports for Overcoming Misconceptions through Structure-Mapping in Mathematics Classrooms
Awarded: September 15, 2015

TRACY BENNETT, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Examining Levels of Alignment Between School and Afterschool and Associations with Student Academic Achievement
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2013

MARY CASHEN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Sex, Class, and the Evolution of Career and Technical Education
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014

HUY CHUNG, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development & Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Appropriating and Enacting Literacy Teaching Practices in the Context of the Pathway Project Professsional Development Program
Degree Awarded: December 15, 2015

ANDREA CONS, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: The Use of Academic Words in the Analytical Writing of Secondary English Learners and Native English Speakers
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2013

DAN FLYNN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Postsecondary Student Engagement: Baccalaureate Attainment, STEM Persistence Gaps, and the Institutional Contexts of Academic and Social Engagement
Degree Awarded: June 7, 2014

SARAH GILLILAND, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Clinical Reasoning and Characterization of Practice
Degree Awarded: June 15, 2015

JANICE HANSEN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Drawing Connections Across Conceptually Related Visual Representations in Science
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2013

LAURIE HANSEN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Patterns of Independent Reading, Vocabulary Knowledge, and Literacy Skills Among English-Only, Limited-English Proficient, and Fluent-English Proficient Children
Degree Awarded: September 7, 2011

BRIANA HINGA, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Reframing High School English Language Arts within Democracy, Social Justice, and Expansive Learning 
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014

JIN KYOUNG HWANG, Ph.D.
Specialization:  Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Adolescent Language Minority Students' Vocabulary Growth: Exploring Heterogeneity With Multilevel Analysis 
Degree Awarded: December 15, 2015

LICHE (Sean) KAO, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Testing to Learn: How Students’ Knowledge, Motivation, and Stress Responses Interact with the Testing Effect
Degree Awarded: March 22, 2013

SABRINA KATAOKA, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Person Characteristics Related to Out-of-School Time Participation and Outcomes: An Examination of Selection, Moderation, and Mediation Effects
Degree Awarded: March 22, 2016

TRAN DANG KEYS, Ph.D.
Specializations: Learning, Cognition, and Development & Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Goal Orientation and Adolescent Mathematics Achievement
Degree Awarded: March 22, 2013

MELISSA COURTNEY KIBRICK, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Cognitive Hierarchies of Mathematics Learning: An Analysis of the ST Math Curriculum
Degree Awarded: March 22, 2013

ARENA CHANG LAM, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Student Perceptions of Classroom Goal Structure: Methodological Consisderations and Person-Context Interactions
Degree Awarded: June 15, 2015

JAMES LEAK, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Effects of Teacher Educational Background and Experience on Student Achievement in the Early Grades
Degree Awarded: June 15, 2012 

DAVID LEE, Ph.D.
Speciailzation: Language, Literacy, & Technology & Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: 
Debree Awarded: 

WEILIN LI, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Center-Based Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Implementation, and Intensity
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2013

ALEX LIN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Using Controversial Issues to Help Middle School Students to Become Informed and Active Citizens: A Randomized Evaluation of the Word Generation Program
Degree Awarded: September 10, 2014

CHIN-HSI LIN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Language Learning Through Social Network Sites: Perceptions and Reality
Degree Awarded: December 15, 2012

SONJA LIND, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Cultures of Support: A Case Study of International Undergraduate Students and International Center Staff Members
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2014

JENNIFER LONG, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Developing an Understanding of Systems in the Context of Ecohydrological Citizen Science Research
Degree Awarded: December 15, 2015

TINA MATUCHNIAK, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Mind the Gap: A Cognitive Strategies Approach to College Writing Readiness for English Language Learners
Degree Awarded: June 14, 2013

ELIZABETH MILLER, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Use of Spanish in Head Start and Dual Language Learners' Academic Achievement: A Mixed-Methods Study
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2016

ILONA MISSAKIAN, Ph.D.
Specialization:  Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Perceptions of Writing Centers in the Community College: Ways that Students, Tutors, and Instructors Concur and Diverge 
Degree Awarded: September 9, 2015

MARIA PARENTE, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: A Person-Context Assessment of the Prevalence and Associated Social-Academic Outcomes of Self-Care for Children and Adolescents
Degree Awarded: March 23, 2012

YOUNGMIN PARK, Ph.D.
Specizliation:  Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Technology-Enhanced L2 Reading: The Effects of Hierarchical Phrase Segmentation
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2016

EMILY PENNER, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Teaching For All? Variation in the Effects of Teach For America
Degree Awarded: September 10, 2014

PAUL RAMA, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: L2 Learning via World of Warcraft
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014

TEOMARA RUTHERFORD, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Calibration of Confidence Judgments in Elementary Mathematics: Measurement, Development, and Improvement
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014

ERIK RUZEK, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Student Motivation and Academic Achievement: An Examination of How and Why Middle School Teachers Matter
Degree Awarded: September 12, 2012

NAYSSAN SAFAVIAN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Examining the Impact of Motivation on Achievement and Course-Taking Behavior of Low-Income Minority Youth
Degree Awarded: December 13, 2013

KATERINA SCHENKE, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Understanding Mathematics Classroom Instruction Through Students and Teachers
Degree Awarded: September 9, 2015

LAUREN SHEA, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Talking to Learn: A Mixed-Methods Study of a Professional Development Program for Teachers of English Language Learners
Degree Awarded: June 15, 2012

ADAM SHEPPARD, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Informing After-School Practices: Towards An Understanding Of How Site Directors Utilize Information To Do What They Do
Degree Awarded; June 14, 2014

RAHILA MUNSHI SIMZAR, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Understanding Student Motivation and Affect in Middle School Mathematics Classrooms: Links with Algebra Course Placement and Achievement
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2015

CATHY TRAN, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Designing for Productive Persistence
Degree Awarded: December 11, 2015

JESSICA TUNNEY, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Confronting Local Manifestations of Historical Problems in Field Experience: A Model of Professional Development for Teacher Education Petitioners
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2016

FEMI VANCE, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Adolesdents' Skill-Building and Retention in a High Quality After-School Program
Degree Awarded: June 15, 2012

DALE WEBSTER, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Vocabulary Acquisition for English Learners and its Relationship to Reading Comprehension
Degree Awarded: December 15, 2012

CHENOA WOODS, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: Patches in the Leaky Pipeline: The Influences of School Contexts on Students’ College Preparation and Choice
Degree Awarded: December 19, 2014

CATHERY YEH, Ph.D.
Specialization: Learning, Cognition, and Development
Dissertation: Mathematics, Language, and Learning; A Longitudiinal Study of Elementary Teachers and Their Mathematics Teaching Practices
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2016

ALMA ZARAGOZA, Ph.D.
Specialization: Educational Policy and Social Context
Dissertation: For-Profit Alternative Programs and Schools of Choice; Structuring Safety and College-for-All in an Era of Market-Based School Reform
Degree Awarded: June 10, 2016

BINBIN ZHENG, Ph.D.
Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Technology
Dissertation: Social Media and Classroom Writing: Participation, Interaction, and Collaboration
Degree Awarded: December 13, 2013