Recent ECSP graduates are now assuming roles as researchers and professors in the field. Here is a brief update on their work:
Dr. Janet Kwok (Ed.D. '14) is a Research Analyst at the City University of New York (CUNY). In her role, she is primarily affiliated with CUNY’s COPE (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment), POISED (Perfect Opportunity for Individual Skills and Educational Development) for Success and CLIP (CUNY Language Immersion Program) initiatives.
Dr. Nikhit D'Sa (Ed.D. '15) is a research consultant with Save the Children. At HGSE, he studied the psychosocial development of adolescents who grow up in situations of community violence, neighborhood poverty, and family chaos. Nikhit's dissertation explored the life experiences of 38 inner-city charter school youth.
Dr. Julia Higdon (Ed.D. '15) is Manager of Research and Analytics at Avenues: The World School. Part of the Global Education Team at the headquarters office, she is responsible for conducting programs of research, particularly in organizational health and school climate, as well as program evaluation.
Dr. Silvia Diazgranados (Ed.D. '16) is Senior Researcher for Education at the International Rescue Committee. Previously, Silvia was an Instructor in Education at HGSE and a Fellow with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.
Dr. Matthew P. Shaw (Ed.D. '16) is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and of Law at Vanderbilt University. His dissertation, Shaping the DREAM: Law as Policy Defining Undocumented Students’ College Access, addressed several of his research interests, including federal law and education policy and the insularity of minority status.
Dr. James Noonan (Ed.D. '17) is School Quality Framework Project Director with the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Assessment (MCIEA), where he oversees the development and piloting of a holistic framework for measuring school quality in partnership with seven school districts across Massachusetts. He is also a researcher with the Justice in Schools project.
Dr. Chen Chen (Ed.D. '17) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he works in the Science Education Department. Chen's dissertation, Romantic Transfer: From Science to Social Ideologies (2017), explored what happens when students unconsciously transfer their learning from the hard sciences to the social world. He found that science instruction implicitly empowers students to make social hypotheses and to engage in moral-civic-political discourse.
Dr. Bonnie Mackintosh (Ed.D. '17) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research / Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joins research groups investigating the implementation of early learning policies and programs, malleable factors associated with early achievement, and pre-K to Grade 3 transitions. Her dissertation, A Matter of Perspective: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Early Math Skills and Social Competence of Children from Low-Income Families, focused on the relationship between young children’s social competence (e.g., social problem-solving, relationships with others) and early math skills.
Dr. Emily Weinstein (Ed.D. '17) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at HGSE/Project Zero. During her fellowship year, she will be working with Professor Carrie James on a book project related to digital citizenship. Emily's dissertation, Influences of Social Media Use on Adolescent Psychosocial Well-Being: ‘OMG’ or ‘NBD’?, was a mixed methods study examining the social media experiences of 588 youth.