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

Ai, Jun

University of Kansas

Training Grant #: R324B180004

Mentor: Judith Carta & Kathryn Bigelow

Applied Special Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention,Social and Behavioral, Teachers and Teaching

Aitken, Angelique

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Training Grant #: R324B160033

Mentor: Kristin Duppong Hurley

Applied Special Education ResearchSocial and Behavioral, Special Education

Bellows, Laura

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Daphna Bassok

View Applied Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention, Education Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Statistics and Methodology

Carroll, Kristen

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Ellen Goldring

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Statistics and Methodology

Dixon, LaTanya

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Gary Henry & Sean Corcoran

View Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Postsecondary Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Transition for Secondary Students

El Mallah, Shereen

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Applied Education ResearchSocial and Behavioral

Farley, Jennifer

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Training Grant #: R324B160033

Mentor: Kristin Duppong Hurley & Alexandra Trout

Applied Special Education ResearchSocial and Behavioral, Special Education

Fleming, Christopher

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

Training Grant #: R324B180001

Mentor: John Seeley

Applied Special Education ResearchSocial and Behavioral

Gaias, Larissa

SMART Center, University of Washington

Training Grant #: R305B170021

Mentor: Michael Pullmann

Applied Education ResearchProfessional Development and School-based Services Providers, Social and Behavioral, Statistics and Methodology

Henry, Alyssa

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R324B180034

Mentor: Emily Solari

Applied Special Education ResearchAutism Spectrum Disorders, Reading, Writing, and Language Development, Special Education

McCall, Chynna

University of Missouri - Columbia

Training Grant #: R305B150028

Mentor: Wendy Reinke

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Professional Development and School-based Services Providers, Social and Behavioral, Teachers and Teaching

McIntyre, Nancy

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Training Grant #: R324B160038

Mentor: Kara Hume

View Applied Special Education ResearchAutism Spectrum Disorders, Reading, Writing, and Language Development, Social and Behavioral, Special Education

Nguyen, Tutrang

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Bob Pianta

Applied Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention, Education Systems, Policy, and Leadership

Nowell, Sallie

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Training Grant #: R324B160038

Mentor: Kara Hume and Samuel Odom

View Applied Special Education ResearchSocial and Behavioral, Special Education

Poling, Daniel

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Training Grant #: R324B160033

Mentor: Kristin Duppong Hurley

Applied Special Education ResearchSpecial Education

Resnik, Felice

University of Oregon

Training Grant #: R324B180001

Mentor: Elizabeth Stormshak

Applied Special Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention, Families

Solanki, Sabrina

University of Michigan

Training Grant #: R305B170015

Mentor: Susan Dynarski & Brian Jacob

Applied Education ResearchPostsecondary Education

Soto, Xigrid

University of Kansas

Training Grant #: R324B180004

Mentor: Judith Carta

Applied Special Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention, English Learners, Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Reading, Writing, and Language Development

Thomas, Krystal

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R305B170002

Mentor: Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership, Professional Development and School-based Services Providers, Statistics and Methodology

Timmer, Jennifer

Vanderbilt University

Training Grant #: R305B170009

Mentor: Jason Grissom

View Applied Education ResearchEducation Systems, Policy, and Leadership

Yeomans-Maldonado, Gloria

University of Michigan

Training Grant #: R305B170015

Mentor: Chris Weiland & Brian Jacob

View Applied Education ResearchEarly Childhood and Early Intervention, English Learners, Families, Statistics and Methodology

Zajic, Matthew

University of Virginia

Training Grant #: R324B180034

Mentor: Emily Solari

Applied Special Education ResearchAutism Spectrum Disorders, Early Childhood and Early Intervention, Special Education