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College of Education

Educational Psychology Students

Cihan Demir

Cihan Demir is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program at Washington State University. In his research, he is interested in applying the following methodologies: Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), Item Response Theory (IRT), and Meta-Analysis.

Cihan is originally from Turkey. After receiving his B.S. and M.Ed. degree in Division of Philosophy Group Education, he taught philosophy, psychology and sociology classes in a high school in Turkey for 3 years. He then received a scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education, allowing him to come to the U.S. to pursue an additional Master’s degree, followed by a PhD in the same program.


Olasunkanmi Kehinde

Ola Kehinde is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at Washington State University with a background in applied mathematics and statistics. His research focus is at the intersection of assessment and measurement, psychometrics, large-scale assessment, cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs), multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling in social, medicine, and educational contexts.



Emma McMain

Emma McMain is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Educational Psychology program. She earned her B.S. in psychology at Pacific University (a small liberal arts school near Portland, Oregon), where she completed an undergraduate thesis on nurturing metacognitive self-regulation in a game-making program for adolescents. Her current research projects examine peer relationship processes, the implications of academic praise, and socioemotional outcomes in school.



Onur Ramazan standing at the edge

Onur Ramazan

Onur Ramazan is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at WSU. He is originally from the Republic of Turkey, and he earned his B.S. degree in Turkish Language Education program at Balikesir University, Turkey. He came to the USA for the first time to take an Intensive English Course at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016. He is extremely interested in measurement and evaluation of language’s skills. He would also like to focus on quantitative research methods and Psychometrics. He hopes to continue on to a Ph.D. degree at WSU.



Katie Reilly

Katie is currently a doctoral student studying Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Washington State University. Her interests revolve around note-taking strategies and practices that can be influenced by environmental and social pressures in postsecondary education. She is an Academic Success Coach at Washington State University where she works with students to develop positive learning habits and strategies.



Dustin Van Orman

Dustin Van Orman is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program and instructor of ED PSYCH 401: Classroom Assessment in the Elementary Education program in the College of Education and UNIV 497: Global Leadership in International Programs at WSU. His research focuses on where and how adults can learn languages best, and how to evaluate language proficiency. He hopes to help learners find a path to fluency and cultural competence through research. Dustin became interested in second language acquisition research through his experience as a language learner and language teacher. Dustin has B.A. degrees in European Studies: Linguistics & Spanish, and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, and an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China.



Thao Vo

Thao Vo is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Educational Psychology program at Washington State University (WSU). Her specialization is in quantitative research methodology. Her research interests include: Item Response Theory, Multi-Level Modeling, and Psychometrics. Prior to joining the EdPsych program, she received a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on Neuropsychology and Human Development, also from WSU.



Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program in the College of Education. Her research focuses on multimedia instructional design, learning strategies and techniques to enhance STEM learning at both middle school and college levels. She hopes to provide support to both educators and students within the classroom via her research. At present, Rachel is also the Multicultural Student Services (MSS) Health Promotion graduate assistant.

Rachel is originally from Singapore and came to America in 2011 to get her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She also received her Master of Arts in Education (Educational Psychology) in 2015 from WSU.