Xiaozhu is in her third year of the
doctoral program after having completed her MA from Mason in 2014
under the direction of Dr. Johannes Rojahn. Prior to that, she
earned her B.S. in Psychology at Qingdao University, China. Her
research focuses on teacher–student interactions, classroom
quality, and inclusive education.
Katie is a first-year Master’s
student. She completed her undergraduate work at Longwood
University where she majored in Psychology and Social Work.
Upon graduation, she worked as an adoption social worker at
Roanoke County DSS. Katie’s research interests include social
and emotional development, emotion regulation, and early
interventions for children experiencing developmental delays
particularly in the school environment.
Alexa is in her first year of
the doctoral program at George Mason. She received her MA in
Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia
University and BA in Psychology at Emory University. She has
also served as a Special Education teacher in both elementary
and high school settings. Alexa’s research interests include
children’s social and emotional development within the school
setting, specifically for children from low-income
Lucia is a second-year doctoral student. She received her MA
in Psychology from University of St. Cyril and Methods in
Slovakia. Her research interests are student–teacher
interactions and children's social and emotional
Laura is a second-year masters student. Although she's
originally from Australia, she did her undergraduate work at
Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she majored in
Marketing and Psychology. Upon graduation, she was a
research analyst and teacher's assistant at Tulane's A.B.
Freeman School of Business. Laura is particularly interested
in studying Lesson Study - a professional development
program for teachers.