ND PIER and Burns Fellows

Chang Che

Chang Che

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Advisor

Zhiyong “Johnny” Zhang

Undergraduate Institution

Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China

Chang graduated from Sun Yat-sen University (BS) and double-majored in statistics and psychology. She obtained her MS of statistics in University of Notre Dame.

Now continuing as a Ph.D. student in Department of Psychology, Notre Dame, Chang's main research interest is big data methods and their application in social sciences. Her recent works focus on network analysis and text mining.

Maxwell Hong

Maxwell Hong

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Advisor

Alison Cheng

Undergraduate Institution

UC Davis

Max is a fourth-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a BS in Psychology. His research interests include psychometric methodology and its application to both psychological and educational constructs.

Patrick Graff

Patrick Graff

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Advisor

Mark Berends

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Patrick is a fourth-year PhD student in the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) and Burns Fellow in the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER). He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Chinese. He then taught third grade in Tampa, Florida while concurrently earning his M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program. Before beginning doctoral work, Patrick helped recruit and support beginning teachers as Associate Director of the ACE Teaching Fellows program. 

His research focuses on teacher mobility and attrition; the effects of school choice policy on teachers and school organization; and methods to recruit, support, and retain teachers in K-8 school settings, with a particular emphasis on the translation of academic research to public policy and practice. 

Katie Kelley

Katie Kelley

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Advisor

Dan Lapsley

Undergraduate Institution

Covenant College

Katie is a third-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology, where she studies adolescent and young adult religious development with Dr. Dan Lapsley. She graduated from Covenant College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 2012 with a M.S. in Research Psychology. Katie worked as an adjunct professor of Psychology at Tennessee Temple University and Cleveland State Community College before she moved to Indiana to begin her program at Notre Dame. Her research interests include increasing minority and first-generation access to education, teaching equality and compassion, the role of identity in education, and adolescent religious education.

Patrick Kirkland

Patrick Kirkland

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Advisor

Nicole McNeil

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Patrick is a third-year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a BBA in Finance and Political Science. He then earned his M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program, while concurrently teaching middle school math and social studies in Savannah, Georgia. Before beginning graduate school, Patrick worked as an Associate Director of Academics for the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

His research interests are in the area of children's cognitive development in the context of their K-12 mathematics education, specifically how middle school students solve word problems and make sense of numbers in their math classrooms.

Shana Scogin

Shana Scogin

Ph.D. student in Political Science

Advisor

Jaimie Bleck and Jeff Harden

Undergraduate Institution

Kenyon College

Shana is a third-year graduate student in Political Science studying comparative politics. She graduated with a BA from Kenyon College in 2007 and with an MA from Marquette University in 2013 in Political Science. Her research interests include comparative politics, political theory, and methodology, with interests in post-disaster rebuilding, education, gender, empowerment, and participation.

Shana's dissertation looks primarily at post-disaster Nepal. She is also on a team looking at education and citizenship in Kenya. To remain connected to the community, she mentors with a nonprofit in Nepal called Samaanta Foundation that helps rural, marginalized Nepali students study in Kathmandu. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods, including Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and mixed methods approaches.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Advisor

Mark Berends

Undergraduate Institution

Loyola University New Orleans

Brian is a Ph.D. candidate who will graduate in the Spring of 2021. He received his B.A. in Sociology at Loyola University of New Orleans, and went on to teach math at a New Orleans area middle school. His research examines optimal classroom assignment, virtual charter school effectiveness, student-teacher gender matching, school demographic change due to immigration, selection into the teaching profession, and math anxiety among elementary teachers. The common thread of his work is a focus on how schools, teachers, and peers alter a students' education outcomes.

Kenya Lee

Kenya Lee

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Undergraduate Institution

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kenya Lee is a first-year graduate student in Sociology and a graduate affiliate with the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) and the Notre Dame Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research (ND PIER). She received a B.A. in Public Policy with minors in Education and African American and Diaspora studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining the graduate program at Notre Dame, she served as a college adviser through Americorps/The College Advising Corps in rural Northeastern North Carolina where she assisted low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students in navigating the college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship application processes.

Her current research interests include tracking and educational stratification, race and school segregation, and the outcomes and unintended consequences of education reform.

Jessica Hocking

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Advisor

Dawn Gondoli

Undergraduate Institution

Wheaton College (IL)

Jessica's research interests reside at the intersection of psychology, gender studies, and education. Her interests revolve around how school-based interventions can promote positive emotional, academic, and physical outcomes in female pre-adolescents and adolescents.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Jessica taught 7th grade in southern Oregon.