Educational Psychology Alumni

Where Are They Now?

Graduates of the doctoral program in educational psychology land positions in diverse fields. Below is a list of positions held by some of our educational psychology alumni.

Angela Tombari (PhD, 2017), Research Analyst, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics

Dissertation title: Dimensionality Analysis of the PALS Classroom Goal Orientation Scales
Chair: Michael Toland

Lauren Hargrave (PhD, 2017), Independent Research Consultant

Dissertation title: “What do teachers think about educational psychology? Developing and validating the educational psychology practitioner scale”
Chair: Kenneth Tyler, Co-chair: Fred Danner

Chelsea Adams (MS, 2017) New Skills for Youth Team Lead and Career Counselor, Lee County Public Schools, Kentucky

Thesis title: “I Wonder What you Think of Me”

Chair: Ellen Usher

Renae Mantooth (MS, PhD) Doctoral Student, Design, North Carolina State University

Thesis title: Learning Spaces and Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Statistics

Chair: Ellen Usher

Zijia Li (PhD, 2016), Assistant Research Professor, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University

Dissertation title: “Longitudinal Analysis for Ordinal Data Through Multilevel and Item Response Modeling: Applications to Child Observation Record (COR)”

Chair: Michael Toland

Caroline Gooden (PhD, 2016), Principal Investigator, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: An Investigation of the Relationship Between the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale and Preschool Children’s Literacy Outcomes: Multilevel Longitudinal Modeling and Longitudinal Measurement Invariance

Chair: Dr. Michael D. Toland, Co-chair: Dr. Fred Danner

Larry J. Grabau (PhD, 2016). Associate Dean for Academic Programs, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: Aspects of Science Engagement, Student Background, and School Characteristics: Impacts on Science Achievement of U.S. Students

Chair: Xin Ma

Abigail Love (MS, 2016), Doctoral Candidate, University of Kentucky

Thesis title: Development of a Self-Efficacy Scale for Teachers Who Teach Kids With Autism

Chair: Michael Toland

Tisha Turner (MS, 2016), Coordinator for Career Development, Berea College

Thesis title: Am I Able to Predict How I Will Do? Examining Calibration in an Undergraduate Biology Course

Chair: Ellen Usher

Caihong Li (MS, 2015), Doctoral Candidate, University of Kentucky

Thesis title: The Short Grit Scale: A Dimensionality Analysis

Chair: Michael Toland

Audrey Conway (MS, 2015), Doctoral Student, University of Kentucky

Thesis title: Autonomy Support in the Postsecondary Classroom: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

Chair: Ellen Usher

Amanda Butz (PhD, 2015), Associate Scientist, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dissertation title: Connecting the Dots: Social Capital and the College-Going Beliefs of Rural Appalachian Students

Chair: Ellen Usher

Joanne Rojas (PhD, 2015), Research Project Manager, Postdoctoral Scholar, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: The Relationship Among Creativity, Grit, Academic Motivation, and Academic Success in College Students

Chair: Kenneth Tyler

Natasha Mamaril (PhD, 2014), Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation title: Measuring Undergraduate Students’ Engineering Self-Efficacy: A Scale Validation Study

Chair: Ellen Usher

Kathryn Cunningham (PhD, 2014), Associate Director of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dissertation title: Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Identity and Departmental Perspectives

Chair: Fred Danner

Ashley Hall (MS, 2014), Research Project Manager, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: Investigating Ability Grouping and Self-Efficacy in Middle Grade Mathematics

Chair: Kenneth Tyler, Co-chair: Ellen Usher

Alexandra Henchy (PhD, 2013), Director of Institutional Evaluation and Research, Asbury Theological Seminary

Dissertation title: Review and Evaluation of Reliability Generalization Research

Chair: Fred Danner

Meng Fan (MS, 2013), Doctoral Student

Thesis title: Stability of Academic Performance Across Science Subjects Among Chinese Students

Chair: Xin Ma

Raven Piercey (PhD, 2013), Lecturer, Dept. of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: Reading Self-Efficacy in Early Adolescence: Which Measure Works Best?

Chair: Kenneth Tyler, Co-chair: Ellen Usher

Timothy Conner (PhD, 2012), Assistant Professor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, Morehead State University

Dissertation title: The Cultural Discontinuity Hypothesis: An Appalachian American Perspective

Chair: Lynda Brown-Wright

Co-chair: Kenneth Tyler

George McCormick (PhD, 2012), Director, Office of Data Research and Evaluation (Retired 2014), Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY

Dissertation title: The Relationship of Parent Involvement in the Elementary School with Student Achievement on Standardized Assessments

Chair: Fred Danner

Sarita Shukla (PhD, 2012), Lecturer in Department of Special Education, Western Washington University

Dissertation title: Ninth Graders’ Academic Engagement in Mathematics: The Role of Parental Involvement and Student Motivation

Chair: Fred Danner