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Edu Psych Students


Carlos Anguiano

Carlos Anguiano is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology at the College of Education, Washington State University (WSU). He has received a master’s degree in Education at WSU. His research interests focus on instructional strategies that incorporate hands-on activities designed to promote knowledge acquisition in educational contexts. Additionally, he is interested in investigating the role multimedia-enhanced learning tools play in the development of literacy skills. Prior to coming to Washington State University, Carlos earned a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.



Katie Barton

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.



Emma McMain

Emma McMain is a first-year Master’s student in WSU’s Educational Psychology program. While earning a B.S. in Psychology at Pacific University (a liberal arts school near Portland, Oregon), Emma completed her undergraduate thesis on the nurture of metacognitive self-regulation in an after-school program for adolescents. She now plans to channel her interests in child development and socioemotional skills into bridging the gap between educational theory and practice. Emma’s current research assistantship investigates the protective forces of peer bystanders in the context of adolescent bullying. She is in the early stages of developing a thesis that will likely focus on younger children. When she’s not absorbed in her studies, you can find Emma running, hiking, and creating new recipes with her partner, Kaleb.


Julie Noyes

Julie is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program.  She is also a veterinarian with specialty training in small animal surgery.  Her research is focused on the advancement of anesthesia and surgical clinical skills using computer-based hybrid simulation training that is based on learning theories.  In addition to clinical skill acquisition, she is also interested in how self-efficacy, achievement goals, and resilience impacts learning in veterinary medical education.  In September 2017, she successfully defended her Master’s project that focused on the use of cognitive learning theories in the development of instructional animations in veterinary medicine.  She is an instructor of Principles of Surgery and Clinical Anesthesia Simulation at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Julie is also the senior student representative for the Educational Psychology program.



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. 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 learner of Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and Arabic, and as a teacher of English and Spanish. 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.”



NarayanKripa Sundararajan

Kripa is a doctoral candidate in educational psychology. Her research examines the effectiveness of multimedia design (content delivery), instructional strategies (active processing), and technology-pedagogy integration (educational experience).  She is passionate about investigating the dynamic complexities in the learning process created by multiple interactions embedded within a continuously evolving social, cultural, technological, and institutional context.  Currently, she works with WSU’s Academic Outreach and Innovation. Previously, she worked as a research assistant in the Learning & Performance Research Center.



Thao Vo

Thao Vo is pursuing her Master’s degree in the doctoral-track 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.


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