I am an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Psychology and Sociology, an MA from New York University (NYU) in Human Development and Social Intervention, and a PhD from Stanford University in Developmental and Psychological Sciences.


Ph.D., Developmental and Psychological Sciences, Stanford University, 2019

M.A., Human Development and Social Intervention, New York University, 2014

B.A., Psychology and Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Research & Service

My research interests include exploring sociocultural factors (e.g., sense of belonging) that impact the academic performance and psychological development of historically marginalized students. I am also interested in informing and developing culturally-sustaining interventions for historically marginalized college students, specifically those who are first-generation/low-income (FLI).


Educational Psychology (EPSY 201) Explores fundamental issues of development, learning, instruction, and assessment. This course articulates how people learn, how they are influenced by cultural and social contexts, how to assess learning and its outcomes, and how best to teach and motivate people to achieve. Educational psychologists improve learning in a broad range of settings: homes, classrooms, work environments, and communities.

Ruedas-Gracia, Nidia

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology



Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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