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. Meeting Black Girls on the Moon, comprised of three papers: What’s in a Name: Black girls’ navigation of messages about their identities in middle school, “Our Year to Shine:” Exploring How Media Affects Black Girls, and “I

don’t really like, you know, love going to school, but I love learning new things:” Examining the

Role of Teachers in Shaping the Educational “Journey” of Black Girls, examines the positive journeys of brilliant Black girls in schools, what disrupts their learning and development –and what educators can do to better support Black girls in adolescence.

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

During my tenure, I piloted an evidence-based intervention, Girls Rising Above Circumstances to Excel, an eight week strengths-based intervention for Black girls. In using phenomenological variant of ecological systems theory (PVEST) as a theoretical basis, GRACE supported Black girls as they defined their identities by providing a communal space for students to explore their racial identity through guided discussions, introductions to proverbs, and the use of works by prominent black women; to increase hope by promoting agency and facilitating pathways; and to boost their achievement in school through lessons on study skills and academic tutoring.

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