IES Postdoctoral Fellows

The Institute established the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences and the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education (Postdoctoral Training) to increase the supply of scientists who are prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant research addressing issues that are important to education leaders and practitioners and to advance knowledge and theory in education and special education. The specific intent of these programs is to prepare researchers to be able to conduct the type of research that the Institute funds including the preparation of competitive proposals that address relevant education and special education topics and meet the methodological requirements specified for the Institute's research grant competitions.

The current IES Postdoctoral Fellows are featured below, along with their recent CV, primary area of research, and research focus.

IES encourages its postdoctoral fellows to use this page to network with other fellows and meeting participants. Other meeting participants can also use this page to network with the fellows and discuss potential future career opportunities or directions.

NameView Bio/CVPrimary Area of ResearchFocus Areas

Aitken, Angelique

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Training Grant #: R324B160033

Mentor: Alexandra Trout

Applied Special Education ResearchFamilies, Research Design/Methods, Students with Disabilities

Carroll, Kristen

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Ellen Goldring

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership

Dixon, LaTanya

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Gary Henry

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Science, Secondary/High School

El Mallah, Shereen

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Applied Education ResearchAssessment Development/Validation, Middle School/Junior High School, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Social and Behavioral Development

Farley, Jennifer

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Training Grant #: R324B160033

Mentor: Kristin Duppong Hurley and Alex Trout

Applied Special Education ResearchFamilies, Research Design/Methods, Students with Disabilities

Fleming, Christopher

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

Training Grant #: R324B180001

Mentor: John Seeley

Research Methodology/Statistics 

Gaias, Larissa

University of Washington

Training Grant #: R305B170021

Mentor: Michael Pullmann

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Social and Behavioral Development, Teacher Quality (Preparation, Professional Development, etc.)

Hallinen, Nicole

Temple University

Training Grant #: R305B150014

Mentor: Julie Booth & Nora Newcombe

View Applied Education ResearchCognition And Student Learning, Education Technology, Mathematics/Numeracy, Science

McCall, Chynna

University of Missouri

Training Grant #: R305B150028

Mentor: Wendy Reinke, Ph.D

Applied Education ResearchAssessment Development/Validation, Cognition And Student Learning, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Social and Behavioral Development

McIntyre, Nancy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilll

Training Grant #: R324B160038

Mentor: Kara Hume & Sam Odom

View Applied Special Education ResearchCognition And Student Learning, Literacy, Reading, Students with Disabilities

McMillan, Brianna

Temple University

Training Grant #: R305B150014

Mentor: Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek

Applied Education ResearchCognition And Student Learning, Early Childhood Education, Language Development, Social and Behavioral Development

Morin, Kristi

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilll

Training Grant #: R324B160038

Mentor: Kara Hume

View Applied Special Education ResearchElementary School, Social and Behavioral Development, Students with Disabilities, Teacher Quality (Preparation, Professional Development, etc.)

Nelson, Jennifer

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Jason Grissom

View Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Research Design/Methods, Secondary/High School

Nguyen, Tutrang

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Robert C. Pianta

View Applied Education ResearchEarly Childhood Education, Education Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Research Design/Methods

Nowell, Sallie

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Training Grant #: R324B160038

Mentor: Kara Hume

Applied Special Education ResearchAssessment Development/Validation, Language Development, Social and Behavioral Development, Students with Disabilities

Shi, Ying

Stanford University

Training Grant #: R305B130017

Mentor: Sean Reardon

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Research Design/Methods

Smith, Tyler

University of Missouri

Training Grant #: R305B150028

Mentor: Wendy M. Reinke

Applied Education ResearchFamilies, Social and Behavioral Development, Teacher Quality (Preparation, Professional Development, etc.)

Timmer, Jennifer

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Jason Grissom

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Minority/Underserved Populations Achievement, Research Design/Methods

Yeomans-Maldonado, Gloria

University of Michigan

Training Grant #: R305B170015

Mentor: Christina Weiland & Brian Jacob

View Applied Education ResearchEarly Childhood Education, English Language Learners, Families, Research Design/Methods

Zajic, Matthew

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R324B180034

Mentor: Emily Solari

View Applied Special Education ResearchLiteracy, Reading, Students with Disabilities, Writing