Joyce Lin <email@example.com>
I am a doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. My research interests include parenting, child development, early intervention, and culture. My research so far has focused on how various factors (i.e., self-efficacy, neighborhood perceptions, feelings of uplifts and hassles, culture) influence parenting and children’s home environments. Most recently I am interested in exploring how culture and immigrants’ experiences influence parental aggression (i.e., corporal punishment, physical abuse).
Fun fact: In my free time I enjoy eating and practicing yoga (to balance out the eating).
Joanna Yau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am a doctoral student at UCI’s School of Education specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. My research focuses on how adolescents use technology-mediated communication to meet their developmental needs of intimacy and identity exploration. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to study patterns of interaction and behavior norms across a variety of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. I am also interested in the effects of e-books on reading development in preschoolers. I received my B.A. in psychology and a minor in sports media studies from the University of Southern California.
Fun fact: I am an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes, both the books and the BBC series.
Melissa Powell <email@example.com>
I am an Education Ph.D. student, specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. I received my B.A. from California State University of Monterey Bay in 2013. My recent research examines how student-teacher interactions influence student learning, academic motivation, and interest in higher education. My future research will examine learning through digital and pop-culture media.
Fun fact: I sang in choir for 12 years.
Wendy Ochoa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am a PhD student specializing in Learning, cognition, and development. I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles where I studied the language development of young children. My current research interests include investigating the role that the home environment plays in the development of children from low-income homes. I am currently working on Dr. Reich’s Baby Books 2 study, which examines the effect of embedding educational information about child development and optimal parenting practices into baby books among Spanish-and English-speaking low-income families. My goal is to explore the utility of home interventions and inform parents of practices they could engage in to promote the literacy and overall healthy development of their children.
Fun fact: I collect true crime novels and enjoy eating and long-distance running.
Juan Gaytan <email@example.com>
I am a student in the PhD program at UC Irvine in the School of Education. I received my BA in Psychology from UC San Diego and my MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. I am currently interested in Latino fathers’ roles in the development of their young children. This interest grew from my various experiences working with children at a preschool in San Diego, as well as work with several non-profits related to parent involvement in their children’s education.
Fun fact: I have never had coffee.
Tutrang Nguyen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am a PhD candidate at the UCI School of Education. I received my B.A. in Mathematics and Liberal Studies from the University of California, Riverside. My research seeks to understand individual and environmental factors that lead to healthy child development. I primarily conduct quantitative analyses of longitudinal, administrative, and survey data, but for my dissertation I will also be collecting and analyzing observational classroom data. My current projects focus on state policies that influence children’s time in nonparental child care, curricula and early education policy, and family well-being.
Fun fact: I love to travel solo, with the most recent destination being Tulum, Mexico.
Jessica Oviatt <email@example.com>
I am doctoral student in the School of Education specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). Before working towards my doctorate, I worked at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) as a certified child life specialist for six years, providing children and families with education and support during their hospitalization. This led to my research interests which include the effects of chronic illness on educational outcomes, peer development, and school connectedness. She is also interested in examining the relationship between motivation and chronically ill students to better understand what motivational factors these students utilize to handle school and their illness.
Fun fact: I originally was an art major in college and still like to dabble with different art mediums.
Ying Xu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am a doctoral student at UCI School of Education specializing in Language, Literacy and Technology. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature in Sun Yat-Sen University, China and Master’s degree in World Literature in Jinan University, China. My research focuses on how digital technologies change the way children learn to read. Currently I am working on a research project to examine the effect of Visual Syntactic Text Formatting (VSTF), a technology for reformatting text to make it easier to understand, on 7th and 8th grade students’ literacy development. I am also studying whether digital storybooks help to improve preschoolers’ reading engagement.
Fun fact: I enjoy painting and want to make a storybook for my son.