katI am a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

A key question I seek to answer in studying education is why do some students thrive in learning environments while others do not? I approach this question by investigating both student-level and context-level processes in learning with the aim of bridging theory and practice and providing more specific instructional recommendations to practitioners. The scope of my work includes understanding how and under what circumstances students are motivated towards learning, how we can measure quality learning environments (both through observations and student perception surveys), and how we can develop models of assessment that are informative to students and teachers.

I received my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of California, Irvine, and my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 where I double majored in Psychology and German. I also have a minor in French and Francophone Studies. From 2015 to 2016, I completed a Postdoctoral position at the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles with an affiliation at CRESST.

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