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Developmental Sciences

Meet our Developmental Sciences Faculty...

Dr. Jess Gladstone

Dr. Jess Gladstone
Assistant Professor

*Accepting new students

  • Achievement motivation
  • Engagement in STEM
  • Role of socializers in student motivation

Dr. Jarrett Lewis
Assistant Professor

*Accepting new students

  • Trauma, socioemotional development, racial identity and masculinity
  • Healing from trauma due to violence and racism
  • Academic engagement and mental health intervention development
  • TRIAD Lab Website

Dr. Nidia Ruedas-Gracia
Assistant Professor

*Considering accepting new students

  • sociocultural impacts on academic performance and wellbeing
  • culturally sustaining research and practice
  • sense of belonging among diverse populations

Dr. Aixa Marchand
Assistant Professor

*Considering accepting new students

  • Critical Consciousness Development
  • Students and families of color
  • Mixed Methods

Dr. Chris Napolitano
Associate Professor & Division Chair

*Accepting new students (in Dev. Science)

  • Social, emotional, and behavioral skills
  • Self-regulation and self-control
  • Adolescence

Dr. Michelle Perry

*Considering accepting students to co-advise

  • Understanding the contexts and processes that support success in STEM, including:
    • Elementary school teachers learning to improve their teaching of mathematics;
    • Understanding how college students, from groups underrepresented in STEM fields, succeed in STEM college courses.
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Dr. Kaylin Ratner
Assistant Professor

*Considering accepting new students

  • Identity, purpose, and meaning in life
  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • Mental health and well-being


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