Research Assistants

Both undergraduate and graduate students provide assistance with a variety of research projects at the Center. If you are interested in participating as a research assistant, please apply online.
  • Allie

    Allie Alayan

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Psychology

    Allie is currently in undergrad at Indiana Wesleyan University and is studying Psychology. She plans to pursue graduate school. She is interested in the emotional, spiritual, and psychological development of high school and college students. She is also interested in the effects of various learning strategies implemented in the collegiate educational level. She is currently working on a project with Dr. Christopher Devers regarding the usefulness of Khan Academy videos and self-explanation in regards to learning.

  • Jessica Hoffman

    Jessica Hoffman

    University of San Diego
    Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

    Jessica is finishing her Masters of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education along with a Single Subject Credential in Physics at the University of San Diego. She received her B.A. from the University of San Diego in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. In her thesis, Jessica is exploring the effects a perceptual learning module can have in the mathematics classroom through the implementation of a math problem insight computer program. Jessica is currently working as a graduate student researcher with Dr. Christopher Devers at IWU and Dr. Ji Son at CSULA.

  • Christine Lee

    Christine Lee

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Urban Schooling
    Learning Science

    Christine is a first year PhD student in the division of Urban Schooling at UCLA. She received her B.S from the University of California, San Diego in Communications and her M.A in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of San Diego. In her master's thesis, Christine explored the effects of guided participation in digital technologies on mathematical learning at a low income after school program that was partnered with UCSD's Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC). Prior to her master thesis, Christine researched how different tools mediated learning and studied how motivation (both intrinsic and extrinsic) was effected with the use of these material and psychological tools.

    Christine is currently working as a graduate student researcher with Dr. Kimberley Gomez and Dr. Noel Enyedy at the UCLA Lab School.

  • Emily Ragsdale

    Emily Ragsdale

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Emily recently obtained her B.S. in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University and is in her first year of graduate school to obtain her M.A. in clinical mental health counseling. One of her research interests involves studying the impact that student-faculty interactions have on academic success and the overall college experience. Her previous involvement with this topic includes using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to study academic, social, emotional, etc. development in college freshmen. During graduate school, Emily is focusing on research related to the effectiveness of various teaching and learning techniques within the college academic environment. She hopes to use both past and present research opportunities to establish a better understanding of ways to improve students' overall college experience.

  • Cody Reaves

    Cody Reaves

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Psychology

    Cody is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University and is a member of the men's soccer team. He currently holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to graduate in December with a degree in psychology. He plans to then enroll in law school for the fall of 2014. He is interested in cognition and helping people reach their full potential in the classroom. He is currently working on a project with Dr. Christopher Devers regarding the effect of online videos and self-explanation on learning.

  • Samantha

    Samantha Tan

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    International Relations

    Samantha Tan is currently a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University pursuing her B.S. in International Relations with a minor in Business Administration. As an international student herself, she has a strong interest in international student development, minority groups and multicultural studies. Samantha is a member of the John Wesley Honors College working on research with Dr. Christopher Devers regarding factors that improve international student satisfaction in higher education institutions.

Alumni

(Students who worked with Dr. Devers in the past)

  • Eric Carmichael

    Eric Carmichael

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Psychology

    Eric just graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and studied Psychology. He plans to pursue graduate school. He is interested in conformity in social settings, how music effects the brain as well online learning. Eric has worked on several projects with Dr. Devers before, including one on social conformity. He is currently working on a project with Dr. Christopher Devers regarding the usefulness of Khan Academy videos and self-explanation in regards to learning.

  • Jennifer Edstrom

    Jennifer Harris Edstrom

    Univeristy of San Diego
    Curriculum and Instruction

    Jennifer Harris Edstrom, recently graduated with her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences, having earned her B.A. from Wellesley College. As a graduate student she was a graduate research fellow to Joi Spencer, Ph.D. and was awarded the Department of Learning and Teaching's Award of Distinction for her thesis entitled, "Inquiry to Identity: An examination of Lesson and Learning Study as a tool for increasing professionalism." She is also the founder and principal consultant of Edstrom Educational Consulting. Prior to this work, she has worked in the public school systems in Needham, Massachusetts, South Brunswick, New Jersey and Glencoe, Illinois. She has extensive experience in the educational publishing industry and has overseen content development of high-stakes testing programs and curriculum at all grade-levels and in all subject areas. In her role as principal consultant at Edstrom Educational Consulting, Ms. Edstrom has acted as an advisor in the best practices of curriculum and assessment, as well as authored curriculum and assessment materials of the highest quality with attention to specifications. She has instructed educators in both small and large-group settings with a focus on all aspects of curriculum and assessment, from testing best practices, types of assessment and creation of rubrics. Ms. Edstrom recently began supervising emerging teachers who are studying at University of San Diego. Her research interests focus on instructional reform, professional development, educational technology and inquiry-based instructional strategies.

  • Judie Keen

    Judie Keen

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    Psychology and Addictions Counseling

    Judie is currently in undergrad at Indiana Wesleyan University and is studying Psychology and Addictions Counseling. She is interested in the development of psychological disorders and discovering the most effective treatment and prevention for them. She is currently working on a project with Dr. Christopher Devers regarding online video learning.