Our Team

 

Chris Hulleman

Director
Associate Professor

 

Dustin Thoman

California Research Director

 

Yoi Tibbetts

Research Director
Assistant Professor

 
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Kenn Barron

Visiting Professor
James Madison University

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Jamie DeCoster

Assistant Professor


Staff

Michelle Francis is a data manager at Motivate Lab. She is interested in studying the roles motivation and equity play in the classroom in promoting positive youth development and academic and professional achievement. She earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and her M.A. in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University in 2017.    michellefrancis@virginia.edu

Michelle Francis is a data manager at Motivate Lab. She is interested in studying the roles motivation and equity play in the classroom in promoting positive youth development and academic and professional achievement. She earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and her M.A. in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University in 2017.

michellefrancis@virginia.edu

Michelle Francis

Data Manager

Megan's interest in mindset research and educational interventions stems from her experience working with students as a private tutor, teaching ESL, and, most recently, managing youth life skills education programs in Costa Rica. Throughout her career, Megan has had opportunities to provide project and communications support to clients and partners working in a number of fields, including healthcare and health advocacy, education, real estate and public affairs. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communications, both from Georgetown University.    meganmoran@virginia.edu

Megan's interest in mindset research and educational interventions stems from her experience working with students as a private tutor, teaching ESL, and, most recently, managing youth life skills education programs in Costa Rica. Throughout her career, Megan has had opportunities to provide project and communications support to clients and partners working in a number of fields, including healthcare and health advocacy, education, real estate and public affairs. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communications, both from Georgetown University.

meganmoran@virginia.edu

Megan Moran

Lab Manager

Alison is a lab manager at Motivate Lab. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, she was the Director of the Technology Talent Fund at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. She also spent several years teaching middle school science at an Achievement First charter school in New Haven, CT. Alison earned her B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in 2011 and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2015.    alisonlubin@virginia.edu

Alison is a lab manager at Motivate Lab. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, she was the Director of the Technology Talent Fund at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. She also spent several years teaching middle school science at an Achievement First charter school in New Haven, CT. Alison earned her B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in 2011 and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2015.

alisonlubin@virginia.edu

Alison lubin

Lab Manager

 
Travis is a project coordinator at Motivate Lab. Before moving to Virginia, Travis taught a variety of subjects and served in several leadership roles over eight years at both public and independent high schools in Houston, Texas. He is interested in teacher development, instructional design, and making schools meaningful places to live and grow. Travis holds a B.B.A in Finance from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Travis is a project coordinator at Motivate Lab. Before moving to Virginia, Travis taught a variety of subjects and served in several leadership roles over eight years at both public and independent high schools in Houston, Texas. He is interested in teacher development, instructional design, and making schools meaningful places to live and grow. Travis holds a B.B.A in Finance from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Travis Maddry

Project Coordinator

Fellows & Consultants

Teresa is a former middle school and high school social studies teacher and coach. She has spent the last seven years as a part-time editor and reviewer of educational research, including translating motivation interventions into teaching materials for the Character Lab.

Teresa is a former middle school and high school social studies teacher and coach. She has spent the last seven years as a part-time editor and reviewer of educational research, including translating motivation interventions into teaching materials for the Character Lab.

Teresa Hulleman

Consultant

Stephanie is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership, with a background in educational and developmental psychology. Her work has focused primarily on helping students navigate key life transitions and identifying contextual barriers to students’ success at the classroom, institutional, and policy levels. In her current role, Stephanie’s primary focus is on helping leaders understand how workplace relationships can support or undermine motivation and organizational trust through network analysis. She partners with leaders in education, nonprofits, and healthcare spaces to identifying strategies for creating robust networks and team cohesion. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology and educational technology from Michigan State University, M.A. in developmental psychology from Duke University, and B.A. in psychology from Reed College.

Stephanie is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership, with a background in educational and developmental psychology. Her work has focused primarily on helping students navigate key life transitions and identifying contextual barriers to students’ success at the classroom, institutional, and policy levels. In her current role, Stephanie’s primary focus is on helping leaders understand how workplace relationships can support or undermine motivation and organizational trust through network analysis. She partners with leaders in education, nonprofits, and healthcare spaces to identifying strategies for creating robust networks and team cohesion. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology and educational technology from Michigan State University, M.A. in developmental psychology from Duke University, and B.A. in psychology from Reed College.


Stephanie Wormington

Consultant

Emily Rosenzweig is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on understanding what drives students to learn and reach their academic potential. Her research lies at the intersection of educational, developmental, and social psychology and explores how to understand and improve students' motivation during middle school, high school, and college. Emily received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2017 and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.

Emily Rosenzweig is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on understanding what drives students to learn and reach their academic potential. Her research lies at the intersection of educational, developmental, and social psychology and explores how to understand and improve students' motivation during middle school, high school, and college. Emily received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2017 and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.

Emily rosenzwig

Consultant

Donald Kamentz

Consultant

Graduate Students

Quinn Hirschi

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

Amanda Vite

Masters Student, Educational Psychology-
Applied Developmental Science 

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Lee Williams

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

Research Assistants

Caitlin is a fourth-year undergraduate student planning to double major in Psychology and Biology. In the Motivate Lab, she is part of a team working to code qualitative data gathered from a project examining the effects of motivation interventions in community college math courses.

Caitlin is a fourth-year undergraduate student planning to double major in Psychology and Biology. In the Motivate Lab, she is part of a team working to code qualitative data gathered from a project examining the effects of motivation interventions in community college math courses.

Caitlin Dozier

Hadassah is a fourth-year student double majoring in foreign affairs and Spanish. At the Motivate Lab, she has worked on the Mindset Transfer: Camp to School project, and currently she is part of the research team working to remove barriers to success in community college math courses.

Hadassah is a fourth-year student double majoring in foreign affairs and Spanish. At the Motivate Lab, she has worked on the Mindset Transfer: Camp to School project, and currently she is part of the research team working to remove barriers to success in community college math courses.

Hadassah Muthoka

 
 
 
 
Josh is a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. In the lab, he is currently assisting with projects to increase student motivation and belonging in community colleges. He is excited to be a part of the team and apply his passions for education and youth development.

Josh is a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. In the lab, he is currently assisting with projects to increase student motivation and belonging in community colleges. He is excited to be a part of the team and apply his passions for education and youth development.

Josh Davis

Erin received her B.S. in psychology from William & Mary, graduating in 2018 on the pre-med track. As a student, she was heavily involved in Lafayette Kids, a tutoring/mentoring program for underrepresented students; Camp Kesem, a camp for children impacted by their parent’s cancer; and TribeTHON, a dance marathon raising funds for a local children’s hospital. Erin is very excited to be involved in Motivate Lab, furthering her passion for helping others thrive and succeed.

Erin received her B.S. in psychology from William & Mary, graduating in 2018 on the pre-med track. As a student, she was heavily involved in Lafayette Kids, a tutoring/mentoring program for underrepresented students; Camp Kesem, a camp for children impacted by their parent’s cancer; and TribeTHON, a dance marathon raising funds for a local children’s hospital. Erin is very excited to be involved in Motivate Lab, furthering her passion for helping others thrive and succeed.


Erin Smith

Madeleine is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. In Motivate Lab, she assists in projects working to increase motivation in community college math classes mainly by coding qualitative data and transcribing intervention responses.

Madeleine is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. In Motivate Lab, she assists in projects working to increase motivation in community college math classes mainly by coding qualitative data and transcribing intervention responses.

Maddie Hoang

Alumni

Ryan Burke, West Ed

Kevin foley, Graduate Medical Education, UVA Health Systems

Jeff kosovich, center for creative leadership

Garam Lee, Michigan State, PHD Student - Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Danielle lewis, Ron Brown Scholars

Maggie May, WorldStrides

David Silverman, Northwestern University, PhD Student - Social Psychology

Erin Vines, University of VIrginia

 

Partners & Funders