Liz graduated with her PhD in 2016. Prior to that earned an MA in
Applied Developmental Psychology and a BCBS certificate. She
received her B.S. in psychology from James Madison University and
worked for 2 years at The Ivymount School in Rockville MD, in the
Autism Program. She has interned at the federal Department of
Education Institute of Education Sciences. Her interests include
special education, student–teacher relationships, and public policy.
Becca is a graduate of the MA
program in 2015. Prior to that Becca eared a BS in Human
Development from Virginia Tech in 2010. At Virginia Tech, she was
an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Cindy Smith's
Children's Emotions Lab, examining parenting and emotion
regulation in young children. Following graduation, Becca worked
as a behavioral counselor with an in-home behavioral intervention
group in Richmond, VA, and as a research assistant for Abt
Associates in Bethesda, MD conducting policy and program
evaluation. Becca's research interests generally include child
development in the context of pre-K classrooms. She is
particularly interested in the benefits of inclusion of children
with special needs in inclusive classroom settings.
Lydia graduated with her master’s in the Applied Developmental
Psychology in December of 2015. Prior to that, she graduated Cum
Laude from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2014 with a BS in
Psychology. Lydia became interested in child development after
volunteering as an intern and therapist at the Therapy Center of
Acadiana, which focused on working with children who have
developmental disorders to help prepare them for typical school
settings. Her research interests include helping children with
special needs improve their organizational and functional skills so
that they can join children their own-age peers in a typical
Natalie graduated from the undergraduate honors psychology program
in May of 2015. She volunteered as a research assistant on the
TASSEL project which looked at teachers' roles in preschoolers'
development of social and emotional competence. She is now a
doctoral student in School Psychology at Syracuse University.
from the masters program in 2014. Previously, she had earned her
medical degree from Huazhong University of Technology and Science in
Wuhan, China in 2006 and her masters degree in public health (MPH)
from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China in 2009. She has
returned to China to work at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical
Center, focusing on assessment and therapy for children with
developmental behavioral disorders.
Craig S. Bailey
Craig graduated with his doctorate in 2014.
Craig's research focus while at George Mason University was on
social-emotional learning and social-emotional teaching practices
in the preschool classroom. Craig's work also emphasized
integrating technology into the preschool classroom by providing
teachers with easy to use, research supported tools they can use
to enhance their classrooms. Craig is now a post-doctorate
researcher at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Alexandra graduated with her MA in 2014. She graduated Summa Cum
Laude from Wake Forest University in 2012 with a BA in Psychology.
Her interests in children's development in classrooms was prompted
after volunteering at a preschool and observing the students over
the course of several years. Her research interests include the role
of student-teacher interactions in promoting children's development.
Emily graduated with her MA in 2014. She received a BS in Psychology
from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She
was commissioned as an officer in the Army in August 2005. In 2009,
she received a Masters in Applied Forensic Services from The Chicago
School. Emily is interested in studying the effects of continuous
geographical displacement, particularly on socio-emotional
development, during early childhood. Emily completed her practicum
placement at Zero to Three. She is currently assigned as an
instructor at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Abby is a 2013 graduate of the ADP program having received her
doctorate in 2013. Presently, she works for Apple Tree Public
Charter Schools in Washington, DC. She received her BS in Psychology
from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in numerous
areas of early childhood education over the years, developing an
interest in cognitive development and predictors of academic
achievement. Abby?s current research interests include the
development of fine motor skills, visual-motor integration, working
memory and their contributions to academic achievement.
Mike received his B.A. in psychology from McDaniel College in 2008
before working for the Research Institute on Aging as a Research
Assistant for a year. His thesis examined how music affects
students' sustained attention during deep and surface level
studying. In general, Mike is interesting in how learning is
affected by social and environmental contexts. He graduated from our
MA program in 2013.
is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Namibia from
2005 to 2007. He received his BS in mathematics from James
Madison University and
his MA from the ADP program in 2013. His thesis
investigated possible effects of facial mimicry on mood and
empathy. Broadly, his interests include social and emotional
development and the application of developmental research to
international education programs.
Noora is a 2013 graduate of the ADP masters program. Originally from
Northern Virginia, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison
University with a BA in 2011. She is currently a PhD student in the
Psychology program at Temple University. She is interested in young
children's development of academic and socio-emotional competencies
as a function of classroom supports. She is also interested in the
effects of flipped classrooms (watching lectures for homework and
doing 'homework' in class) on student performance. For her thesis
she is investigated the stability of teachers' emotional supports
over the course of a lesson.
Helyn graduated from our MA program
in 2012 and is now a doctoral student in the Educational
Psychology: Applied Developmental Science program at the
University of Virginia. Helyn graduated from the University of
Virginia in 2007 with a B.A. in psychology and a Masters of
Teaching in the Early Childhood & Developmental Risk program.
She worked as an early childhood special education teacher in the
Fairfax County Public School system for three years before coming
to George Mason. As an MA student Helyn was interested in looking
at the associations between early motor skills, cognitive skills,
and social skills in preschool-aged children with developmental
Lauren graduated graduated from our MA program in 2012. As an
undergraduate, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Christopher
Newport University with a BS in Psychology. During her studies,
Lauren developed a strong interest in research methods and
statistics and in exploring how teachers in various contexts help
foster positive development in preschoolers.
Catharine Chavez graduated with MA in 2011. She originally
transferred to George Mason University as an undergraduate from Abo
Akademi University, Finland in 2008. At Mason, Catharine was
selected to participate in the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program.
She received her B.A. in psychology in January 2010. During her time
at Mason she gathered data in Head Start classrooms and conducted a
secondary data analysis for a study on social interactions in pre-k
Taylor earned her MA from Mason in 2010. As an undergraduate, she
studied at the University of Mary Washington, earning a B.S. in
Psychology. While at Mason, Taylor was interested in developmental
disabilities, classroom relationships, and childhood temperament.
Taylor also worked as an Inclusion Facilitator for the Jewish
Community Center in Fairfax where she enjoyed teaching play groups
for special needs children and pre-teens.