Our Team

 

Chris Hulleman

Director
Associate Professor

 

Stephanie Wormington

Special Operations
Assistant Professor

 

Yoi Tibbetts

Assistant Director
Assistant Professor

 
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Kenn Barron

Visiting 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 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

 Garam is a data manager at Motivate Lab. She is interested in (1) how one's identity and sense of belonging play a role in reaching their full potentials and (2) how a journey of achieving a long-term goal is either supported or disrupted by a series of context-driven motivational experiences. She earned her B.S. in psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2014 and her M.A. in social psychology from San Diego State University in 2018.

Garam is a data manager at Motivate Lab. She is interested in (1) how one's identity and sense of belonging play a role in reaching their full potentials and (2) how a journey of achieving a long-term goal is either supported or disrupted by a series of context-driven motivational experiences. She earned her B.S. in psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2014 and her M.A. in social psychology from San Diego State University in 2018.

Garam Lee

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

Miray Seward

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

 

Quinn Hirschi

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

 

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Katherine Sublett

Masters Student, Counselor Education

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Travis Maddry

Masters Student, Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science

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Lee Williams

Ph.D. Student, Social Psychology

Research Assistants

 Caitlin is a third-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 third-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 third-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 third-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

 Mira is a third-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 third-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.

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 Mary Rose is a third-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 third-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

 Najla is a third-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 third-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

 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

 Gloria Stout is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. In the Motivate Lab, she is currently working on their TNGA project which looks at the effects of motivation interventions in community college math courses.

Gloria Stout is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. In the Motivate Lab, she is currently working on their TNGA project which looks at the effects of motivation interventions in community college math courses.

Gloria Stout

 Yasaman is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computer Science. At Motivate Lab, she is assisting on a project that aims to improve students' experience in community college math courses. She loves that she is able to apply what she learns about growth mindset to her experience as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry lab.

Yasaman is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computer Science. At Motivate Lab, she is assisting on a project that aims to improve students' experience in community college math courses. She loves that she is able to apply what she learns about growth mindset to her experience as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry lab.

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Alumni

Ryan Burke, West Ed

Kevin foley, Graduate Medical Education, UVA Health Systems

Jeff kosovich, center for creative leadership

Danielle lewis, Ron Brown Scholars

Maggie May, WorldStrides

 

Partners & Funders