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, comprised of three lines of qualitative research with/for Black girls in early adolescence, is titled Meeting Black Girls on the Moon: A Qualitative Exploration of Black Girls in Schools. My dissertation aims to comprehensively examine the experiences of Black girls in schools from a perspective of promise, not risk. 

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