People currently working in our research group
Michelle Perry is full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is affiliated with the Child Development and Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning divisions of the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research is focused on the acquisition of mathematical and scientific concepts and the contextual factors—including instruction—that support their acquisition. She's the one in the middle, flanked by 2 students who earned their doctoral degrees under her direction: Marc McConney (now at Parkland College) and Leigh Mingle (now at The College-Ready Promise).
Shereen Beilstein is a doctoral student in the Child Development division of Educational Psychology. She is interested in understanding the cognitive processes children undergo when acquiring mathematical knowledge and hopes to develop instructional methods to optimize student learning. Currently, she is working on a project investigating the impact of video-based teacher commentary and learning in a virtual learning community devoted to elementary mathematics education.
Jeanne Brunner completed her doctoral degree in August 2016 and is now an Assistant Professor at UMass-Amherst. Her early research focused on the use of multiple strategies in the teaching of mathematics in fifth-grade classrooms. As a former science coordinator for an elementary school, she has a long-standing interest in elementary science classrooms. Her dissertation investigated ways of supporting elementary science teachers in teaching nature of science through the use of trade books.
Genevieve Henricks-Lepp is a doctoral student in the Child Development Division of Educational Psychology. She has a master's degree in Library Science and has worked as Librarian in Mahomet-Seymour High School. Her dissertation focuses on how students underrepresented in STEM fields may find success in the online space. She is the recipient of the Sandra Goss-Lucas award in the Department of Psychology for Outstanding Graduate Instructor in Psych 100.