Former students and their biographies: I have been fortunate to work with so many fabulous students and colleagues on a variety of research projects and collaborations. Below is a list of individuals whom I have had the pleasure of working with.
Jon graduated from CMC in 2002. We wrote a paper together on the competitive world of Scrabble players. After completing his doctorate in Psychology at Vanderbilt University, he is currently a research scientist at Duke University, where he studies the development of intellectual and creative talent. He also writes the blog “Finding the next Einstein: Why smart is relative” for the magazine Psychology Today and currently serves on the board of directors of the MATHCOUNTS foundation.
KIPP DC: LEAP Academy working with Kindergartners where she helps the children learn to read. Tentatively, she plans to teach for another year and then return to school to earn a higher degree in early childhood education.
Vequist worked for me as a reseach assistant at Claremont McKenna College. Currently, Marciana has her Ph.D. in Psychology and practices as a licensed psychologist in community mental health. Her work involves individual, group and couples therapy with adults and she specializes in helping people navigate mood problems, life changes, and relationship issues, among others.
Jon graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2007. His life has led him on many life-changing adventures - spanning from teaching English to Muslim school children in Indonesia, to residential energy efficiency in Portland, to studying at the University of Hawaii in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). After, he entered into Stanford University's graduate program in International Policy Studies focusing on energy and environment and conducting research with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. Currently, Jon hopes to find a job in Seattle focusing on cleantech sectors, international devleopment or micro financing.
As an undergraduate, Myles studied psychology and economics. After his junior year, he had realized his heart was in law. Thus, he is currently completing an internship in Beijing, China working for a law firm there. Upon his return, he intends to enter into a law school where he plans to study litigation and appellate law. After law school, Myles hopes to serve as a clerk for a court of appelas judge where he would practice appellate law.
Lisa is an Assistant Principal at International Polytechnic High School were she is actively involved in a number of ongoing projects within the high school. Some of these projects include the construction of new buildings for students, partnering with the Verizon Foundation to bring websites and technology to the classroom for students and teachers to enhance the educational process, and programs that offer teacher training workshops in project-based learning.
J how the effect of religion on thought and behavior may depend on individual and situational moderators, including cultural background, genetic tendencies, power, and mood. As a graduate student, she has an extensive research and publication background, that of which can be found on her professional website. She is currently on the job market for a research position focusing on her area of interest.
Amanda is a former student at Claremont Graduate University who completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2011. As a part of the Web Interface for Statistical Learning (WISE) at CGU, she was interested in learning principles and applying and evaluating learning technologies. Additionally, Amanda conducted mathematical education research at UCLA's Human Perception Laboratory. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Office of Research and Planning at Crafton Hills College where she conducts institutional research and improves services, instruction and programs of the college.
Ela and I had worked together on her senior thesis while she attended CMC in addition to taking classes with me. She is currently working at an IT consulting firm in Chicago as their Marketing Manager. In this position, Ela takes an extrospective approach towards company campaigns as they relate to clientelle interests. Aside from working, Ela also finds time to volunteer for organizations like Feed My Starving children for children in Africa.
Abby is a former student from CMC. Currently, she is currently teaching 6th and 7th grade math and science, in addition to also being a physical education teacher in San Jose. She teaches classes in both Spanish and English and labels teaching as the most rewarding thing she has ever done. She is extremely passionate and selfless when it comes to ensuring a positive educational future for the children she teaches. Later in life, she aspires to enter law school to become a Supreme Court justice.
Katherine was a student at CMC who worked for me as a Research Assistant, graduating in 2011. After graduation, Katherine was awarded a CMC externship in the summer where she had worked for a fellow CMC alumun in a talent agency located in downtown Los Angeles where she worked on the set of an independent film as well as script supervised. After 4 months there, she had left the agency to pursue work for a bigger talent agency. She currently works as an assistant for Levine Okwu Erickson - a prestigious talent management company and feels it is a great fit to her interests.
Simay Ikier worked on several research projects with me when I taught at Bogazici University in Istanbul. She is now an assistant professor at Yeditepe Üniversitesi/ She is shown here with her husband Erhan Sayer and their beautiful daughter Sebnum.
Patrick B. Williams
Karrie was a psychology major at CMC and worked three semesters at the Berger Institute. She joined Teach For America after college and taught bilingual kindergarten in Houston. Since then, she has worked for Teach For America and the Houston Independent School District implementing programs to incentivize excellent teachers to work in the lowest-performing schools and improve their retention long-term. She is currently applying to a doctoral program in School Psychology to return to her interests in student learning.
Iris Beltran Gonzalez
Iris worked for me as a research assistant at Claremont McKenna College. She later received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a Child and Family emphasis, from Arizona State University. Iris enjoys her clinical work with children and adolescents who have a variety of diagnoses, including mood disturbances, PTSD, personality disorders, psychotic spectrum disorders, eating disorders, conduct problems, and developmental disorders. As a bilingual therapist, Iris is also passionate about working with bilingual families and Latino youth.
Nirant worked with me as a research assistant on Project Aries while an undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College, where he also interned at the White House and was named a Truman scholar. After graduation, Nirant began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, after which he joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the Financial Services for the Poor group.