Our Team

 

Chris Hulleman

Director
Associate Professor
 

Yoi Tibbetts

Co-Director
Assistant Professor

Stephanie Wormington

Co-Director
Assistant Professor

Staff

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Kenn Barron

Visiting Professor

 Kevin Foley is a research coordinator at Motivate Lab. He is interested in motivation and individual development through outdoor education programs—an interest inspired by his time spent at a summer camp outside of Richmond, VA, both as a camper and counselor. He received his M.Ed. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia in 2016 and his B.A. in History from James Madison University in 2015.    kjf2va@virginia.edu

Kevin Foley is a research coordinator at Motivate Lab. He is interested in motivation and individual development through outdoor education programs—an interest inspired by his time spent at a summer camp outside of Richmond, VA, both as a camper and counselor. He received his M.Ed. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia in 2016 and his B.A. in History from James Madison University in 2015.

kjf2va@virginia.edu

Kevin Foley

Research Coordinator

 Megan's interest in mindset research and educational interventions stems from her experience working with students as a private tutor, teaching ESOL, and, most recently, managing life skills education programs as the Country Director for Lacrosse the Nations 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 ESOL, and, most recently, managing life skills education programs as the Country Director for Lacrosse the Nations 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

 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

  David Silverman is a research coordinator at the Motivate Lab. He is interested in exploring how to improve educational outcomes for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, especially during high school and college. He received his B.A. in psychology and public health from UVA in 2017.    davidsilverman@virginia.edu

 David Silverman is a research coordinator at the Motivate Lab. He is interested in exploring how to improve educational outcomes for underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, especially during high school and college. He received his B.A. in psychology and public health from UVA in 2017.

davidsilverman@virginia.edu

David Silverman

Research Coordinator

 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

 Erin Vines is a research coordinator at the Motivate Lab. She is interested in customizing motivational interventions and translating research into classroom practice. Erin received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2016.    erinvines@virginia.edu

Erin Vines is a research coordinator at the Motivate Lab. She is interested in customizing motivational interventions and translating research into classroom practice. Erin received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2016.

erinvines@virginia.edu

Erin Vines

Research Coordinator

Graduate Students

Mengmeng Chen

Masters Student, Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science

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Katherine Sublett

Masters Student, School Counseling

Quinn Hirschi

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

 

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Lee Williams

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

Miray Seward

Ph.D. Student, Educational Psychology -
Applied Developmental Science

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 Caitlin is a second-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 second-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.

 Mira is a second year undergraduate research assistant intending to major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, she works on removing barriers to success in community college math courses.

Mira is a second year undergraduate research assistant intending to major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, she works on removing barriers to success in community college math courses.

 

Caitlin Dozier

 Najla is a second-year student planning to major in Psychology with a minor in African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, she is working on a project examining motivation interventions in community college math courses. Specifically, she is helping to put together quantitative data sets and is responsible for coding many of the qualitative responses that are received from students in the study.

Najla is a second-year student planning to major in Psychology with a minor in African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, she is working on a project examining motivation interventions in community college math courses. Specifically, she is helping to put together quantitative data sets and is responsible for coding many of the qualitative responses that are received from students in the study.

Najla Mills

 
 Hadassah is a second-year student planning to major in foreign affairs with a minor in business 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 second-year student planning to major in foreign affairs with a minor in business 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

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Yasaman Vahdat

Mira Lee

 
 Mary Rose is a second-year undergraduate student at UVa who intends to major in English and Youth & Social Innovation. She has worked in the Motivate Lab since her first year, on projects ranging from mindset transfer between summer camp and school to helping students find value and belonging in community colleges.

Mary Rose is a second-year undergraduate student at UVa who intends to major in English and Youth & Social Innovation. She has worked in the Motivate Lab since her first year, on projects ranging from mindset transfer between summer camp and school to helping students find value and belonging in community colleges.

Mary Rose Philipoom

 Lee is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Youth & Social Innovation and Psychology at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, he analyzes student perceptions of social belonging as they transition into high school, as well as how these perceptions may be supported through brief interventions aimed at improving academic outcomes down the line.

Lee is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Youth & Social Innovation and Psychology at the University of Virginia. In the Motivate Lab, he analyzes student perceptions of social belonging as they transition into high school, as well as how these perceptions may be supported through brief interventions aimed at improving academic outcomes down the line.

Lee Williams

Alumni

Ryan Burke, West Ed

Jeff kosovich, center for creative leadership

Danielle lewis, Ron Brown Scholars

Maggie May, WorldStrides

 

Partners & Funders