I studied Psychology Bachelors of Science at the University of Central Florida while working as a Lab Manager and Undergraduate Research Associate, conducting research on different learning frameworks in the Learning and Physiology Psychology research group led by Dr Jay Brophy at UCF.
While also an undergraduate I undertook research on cooperative vs competitive frameworks in I/O psychology in the Department of Psychology Institute of Simulation and Training at the R.E.T.R.O. Lab. I then undertook an MA in Cognitive Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University where I worked in 14 schools in New York on different reading problems with students with autism and dyslexia.
During the summer of 2013, I worked on a project at UCF called ‘TeachLive Research Project’. The project which won the 2013 NTSA Governor’s Award for Excellence in Modeling and Stimulation is a mixed-reality teaching environment supporting teacher practice in classroom management, pedagogy, and content. I then attended the University of Pennsylvania as a M.S. ED. student studying embodied cognition and meaning construction in a local magnet music school where I was co-teaching English and this research was presented at the 36th Annual Ethnography Research Conference in Philadelphia. During this time, I also worked on cancer research at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania within the department of Neurosurgery conducting research on Glioblastoma Grade 4. This involved a meta-analysis looking at the change in prognosis of patients in the last 100 years with gross-tumor removal and adjuvant Chemo and Radio-Therapy. Between my Masters and current PhD studies, I worked as a Teaching assistant and Global Scholar for Prescouter Global.