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Graduate Students

Galiya Tabulda

Galiya Tabulda is currently a doctoral candidate in the Learning and Cognition Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at FSU. Her research interests include emergent literacy development, first language acquisition in young children and second language acquisition in adults. Galiya’s dissertation research focuses on the role of parent language input in children’s development of vocabulary skills, grammar skills, and phonological awareness. She has presented selected results from her dissertation project at several state and regional conferences. In addition, Galiya has been a co-author on three articles and one book chapter. As she approaches completion of her doctoral studies, Galiya is working on writing and publishing the results of her dissertation project.

Smriti Ingrole

Smriti Ingrole is a doctoral candidate in the Learning and Cognition Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at FSU. Her primary research interests include early childhood language development, parenting, parental beliefs, early parent-child verbal interactions, and parental influence on child development. For her dissertation project she is investigating differences and similarities among early father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, and mother-daughter early verbal interactions in low-SES families. She presented the results of her preliminary findings at the 2016 ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood in Washington, DC. Currently, Smriti is working on completing her dissertation and two first-author manuscripts. She also has been a co-author on two journal publications and a book chapter. She has presented in various national, regional, and state level conferences. Smriti received the “Marvalene Hughes Graduate Student Research Incentive Grant” of $2,500 for her dissertation research.

Pam Burris

Pam Burris is a doctoral candidate in the Learning and Cognition Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at FSU. Her primary research interests include early literacy development and parent participation in home literacy activities among families of lower SES. Her current research includes parent beliefs about their roles in academic development and factors that influence parent attendance at literacy training events. Pam was a fellow for the IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training program. She has presented her research at ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood, and the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading and The Florida Educational Research Association. Pam has been a co-author on several peer-reviewed journal publications and is first author on several manuscripts that are under review.

Shiyi Chen

Shiyi Chen is a doctoral candidate in the Learning and Cognition Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at FSU. Her primary research interest include preschool teacher-child relationship, poverty, and preschool teacher job stress. Shiyi recently presented her preliminary study at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in DC and will present at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in 2017. She is currently working on her dissertation project which includes survey research about the role of child gender, ethnicity, problem behavior, and teacher education/training and job stress in Head Start teacher-child relationships. Her other ongoing research project addresses teacher beliefs and practices of language and literacy education within Project Voices. She is a co-author on a peer-reviewed journal publication, and first author on a manuscript under review.

Michael Mesa

Michael P. Mesa is a doctoral student in the Learning and Cognition Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at FSU. His current research interests include self-regulatory behaviors, behavior management, self-monitoring, small group interventions, teacher-child relationships, and early childhood education. His current research projects include his preliminary study focused on self-regulation and behavior management within the Reading for Understanding projects. Michael recently presented his research at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference and at FSU’s Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference. He is a co-author on two manuscripts in preparation.

Chelsea Funari

Felesa Oliver

Lanicia Marshall