People

Graduate Students

Sunah Hyun

Doctoral Candidate

Education
Ph.D. (expected 2018), Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

Ed.M. 2010, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Adviser: Dr. Paul Harris
Concentration: Human Development and Psychology

B.A. 2006, University of Washington
Adviser: Dr. Tuen Yu Lau
Concentration: Social and Cultural Communication

Internship
Doctoral Intern in Education Program at American institutes for Research, Waltham, MA
Doctoral Intern at Harvard Graduate School of Education (with Dr. Nancy Hill)

Research Interests
My research focuses on understanding low-income, immigrant families and children's cultural adjustments in the US context, as well as finding ways to better support their challenges and needs. More specifically, I am interested in how parents' engagement in their children's school system and teachers' understanding of children's culture may serve as protective factors in fostering children's positive social-emotional development. I hope to become a community-based researcher who devotes her career to develop culturally responsive interventions and conduct research to foster healthy development and school success for children and families.



Lok-Wah Li

Ph.D. Student

Education
Ph.D. (expected 2019), Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

M.A. 2014, Tufts University, Child Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

B.A. 2008, Brandeis University
Major: Psychology
Minor: Education Studies; Language and Linguistics

Internship
Doctoral Intern at Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, Somerville Public Schools, Somerville, MA
Doctoral Child Development Intern at Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA

Research Interests
My research interests are related to Early Childhood Education, specifically the way immigrant caregivers' and teachers' beliefs and cultural backgrounds shape their understanding of young children’s learning and development.
 

Julie Wisnia

Ph.D. Student

Education
Ph.D. (expected 2022) Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

M.S. 2016, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Adviser: Dr. Margaret Kjelgaard

B.A. 2010, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Major: English, Psychology

Research Interests
My primary research interest is in understanding risk and resilience in early childhood education, particularly as it applies to low-income children and families. Included in this is a deep interest in understanding how early intervention, explicit fostering of social-emotional development, community partnerships, teacher education and family involvement can serve as protective factors for children at risk. Additional interests include the role of children's executive function and problem-solving skills in mitigating risk-related outcomes.