Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science  (May 2019) University of Virginia • Curry School of Education   

Meeting Black Girls on the Moon: Dissertation (In progress)

My dissertation aims to comprehensively examine the experiences of Black girls in schools from a perspective of promise, not risk. By changing the pervasive narrative that Black girls at risk to a narrative of Black girls at promise and providing Black girls with the practices, pedagogies and theories that best support their unique needs, we can move from “pushout” to pull in then stand out. I contend that every Black girl will excel in school with the right instruction, resources, and supports. Paper 1 draws a map, identifying key opportunities to better support Black girls within a school context. Paper 2 highlights the roles and characteristics of supportive teachers or administrators in the lives of Black girls. Finally, paper 3 adopts an integrative perspective to explore the influence of schools and peer groups on Black girl’s sense of self. 

M.A. in Child Development, Concentration: Clinical Developmental Psychology  May 2014 Tufts University • Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development      

B.A. in English Language and Literature and Psychology  May 2012 University of Virginia • College of Arts and Sciences    


President Barack Obama Presidential Appointee 

Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans  

  • Committee Member, White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Committee Member, United States Department of Education Policy Committee
  • Committee Member, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative
  • Committee Member, Educator Diversity and Student Equity Working Group

Events Hosted to Support Women & Girls of Color (selected): 

  • AfAmWomenLead Student Summit to Advance Educational Excellence for Black Girls
  • White House Summit to Support African American Youth with Disabilities
  • One Crazy Summer Reading Party with Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and Marsai Martin, actress on blackish
  • Princess Reading Party for girls of color in foster care with Jordan West, Founder of Princess for a Day
  • Free Film Screenings of Queen of Katwe, A Ballerina’s Tale, and The Souls of Black Girls, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, and STEP: The Movie followed by an educational discussion