Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Assessment; Classical Theory of Measurement; English Learners; Experimental Design; Psychometrics; Quantitative Methods

Jamal Abedi
Research Professor

Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.

Jamal Abedi Vita 2016
Jamal Abedi Bio 2016

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and Equity Issues in Mathematics Education; In-Service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Mathematics Education

Rebecca Ambrose

After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.

(530) 754-4831
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational Equity; English Language Arts Education; Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education; Minority/Underrepresented Students

Steven Athanases
Professor and Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Science Education

Heidi Ballard
Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional updates at the Center’s website.


(530) 754-6255
Staff Profile REEd

Joanne Bookmyer
Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science

Joanne Bookmyer joined REEd in 2001. She was selected as the Director of Collaborative Projects in 2002, a role which engaged her in various local, state, and national school reform and improvement initiatives, including external evaluator for the federal Sacramento City Unified School District Smaller Learning Community Grant, as Project Manager for a Network for a Healthy California SNAP-Ed initiative, and as the Technical Assistance Team Lead for Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH (Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future) initiative.

(530) 574-5189
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction, Professor

Research Interests

Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

(530) 752-4427
Staff Profile External Relations

Barbara Celli
Executive Director, Development and External Relations

Barbara Celli joined the UC Davis School of Education in October 2016. As Executive Director of Development and External Relations, she manages the development and marketing/communications efforts for the School of Education. Most recently, Barbara was the Senior Director of Development and Partnerships at the UC Davis World Food Center. There she connected the interests of individuals, companies and foundations to philanthropic opportunities that advance healthy and sustainable food solutions.

(530) 754-7024

Susanna Cooper
Managing Director, Wheelhouse

Before joining Wheelhouse, Ms. Cooper served as an independent consultant and as longtime advisor on pre-K-to-14 education issues for the leader of the California State Senate. In that role, she shaped and shepherded the Pro Tem’s education agenda, provided counsel on education budget matters, and led multi-year campaigns to increase quality pre-kindergarten opportunities for low-income children, reduce the number of high school dropouts, and strengthen high school-post-secondary pathways.

(530) 752-9854
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela Cuellar
Assistant Professor

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr.

(530) 752-5395
Faculty Profile

Cati de los Ríos
Assistant Professor

Cati V. de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. She is a former high school teacher in Pomona Unified School District and Boston Public Schools, and teacher educator in New York City, NY and Oakland, CA.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand
Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Staff Profile REEd

Uyen Do
REEd Program Manager

Uyen Do is the Program Manager at the University of California, Davis School of Education.  Uyen has earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, master’s degree in Education, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Davis, and pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy.  She spent five years in the classroom and over 15 years working with administrators, teachers, students, in a variety of educational settings including Expanded Learning Programs.

(530) 304-0623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing

Kerry A. Enright
Associate Professor

I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.

Staff Profile Student Services

Tracy Falk
Undergraduate / Graduate Program Coordinator

(530) 752-2367 direct
(530) 752-5887 general line
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. College & Career Readiness for Disadvantaged Youth; Studies in School Health & Student Well Being

Kevin Gee
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Staff Profile External Relations

Eva Guralnick
Director of Marketing and Communications

Eva Guralnick joined the UC Davis School of Education in June 2015 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. As the chief marketing officer for the School she manages all branding and outreach efforts.

(530) 752-4809
Staff Profile External Relations

Sarah Harlan
Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds

Sarah Harlan joined the UC Davis School of Education in August 2015 as Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds. With a career focused on higher education, she most recently served as Assistant Director of Alumni and Volunteer Services at the University of Southern Indiana. In that role, she managed operations of the office and developed opportunities for alumni, parents, students, and volunteers to remain connected and involved with the University.

(530) 752-8647
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

Cassandra Hart is assistant professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s recent work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

(530) 752-9691
Staff Profile

Shuhua He
Project Analyst

(530) 752-9683
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Curriculum theory and change; Educational Ecology of communities; Educational Leadership; School, curriculum and community change

Paul Heckman

(530) 752-3185
Faculty Profile

Jennifer Higgs
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor in the School of Education. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using mixed methods and sociocultural theories of learning, Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices. What fundamentally drives her work is a desire to learn how the possibilities afforded by new cultural tools can support robust and socially just learning. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D.

Faculty Profile

Pauline Holmes
Lecturer/Supervisor, English Credential


Ph.D., Education – University of California Davis

(530) 752-9537
Staff Profile Human Resources

Kendra Iwamura
Staff Personnel Analyst

(530) 752-0844

Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of teacher education at the School of Education in University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’ linguistic and academic content development. More specifically, her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.

(530) 752-3959
Staff Profile Business Office

Akemi Joe
Business Services Coordinator

Akemi Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Davis in 2014. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of the campus from her previous work at the School of Education Student Services, Office of the Chancellor and Provost, and Design and Construction Management.

(530) 752-5937
Staff Profile

Samantha King
Maker Educator

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender
Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.

(530) 752-3748

Anna Lawrence
Associate Director

Anna Lawrence comes to Wheelhouse with over 18 years of experience with nonprofits and government agencies. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Anna was an Assistant Program Director for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. There, she did outreach and developed service-learning projects in four states and supported leadership development programming for 18-24 year olds. She has worked in event production, foster care, youth mentoring, education, grantmaking, and was an AmeriCorps volunteer, as well. Anna obtained her M.A.

(530) 754-9523
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Amy Liedstrand
Program Coordinator

(530) 752-7178
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Lauren Lindstrom

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin
Associate Professor

(530) 752-2854
Staff Profile REEd

Robin Martin
Director of Educational Research and Evaluation

Robin Martin joined the UC Davis School of Education in 2016 as the Director of Educational Research and Evaluation. Having served in both K-12 policy organizations and public school districts, Robin brings over 13 years of practiced experience in education policy, research, assessment, and program implementation and evaluation.

(530) 752-7520
Faculty Profile

Lynn Martindale
Lecturer/Supervisor, Agricultural Credential

Office hours:
By appointment only


EdD – Drexel University, Sacramento, CA – expected date of completion, 2014

M.S., Agriculture – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 1990

Pupil Personal Service – Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA – 1995

(916) 606-7337
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography

Danny C. Martinez
Assistant Professor



2012, Ph.D., UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies: Urban Schooling

2002, M.A., UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education:                     Language, Literacy & Culture

2000, B.A. UCLA American Literature and Culture & Chicana/o Studies,          Minor in Educational Studies 

(530) 752-9749
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Paco Martorell
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.

(530) 752-3353
Faculty Profile

Al Mendle
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Office hours:  By appointment only

Research Interests

Elementary Education; Mathematics education


M.A., Education – University of California, Davis

(530) 752-8784
Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer
Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

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I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. We are building a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how – and with whom – science gets done. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.


(415) 852-8356
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Translational research on education and special education; Academic development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Peter Mundy
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research

There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.

(530) 752-0921
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Christina E. Murdoch, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
—Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man


EdD, Educational Leadership, University of California Davis

MFA, Painting and Drawing,  University of Montana, Missoula
MA, Art History – Aesthetic Theory, University of Montana, Missoula
BA Third World Literature, University of California, San Diego; University of Nairobi — Nairobi, Kenya

(530) 752-1533
Staff Profile REEd

Renee Newton
Senior Director, Community and School Partnerships

Renee Newton joined REEd in 2001, where she directed a statewide health access program administered through the Healthy Start Field Office. She was named director of the Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) in 2005 where she led a multidisciplinary team in support of school and community partnerships.

(530) 754-4319
Faculty Profile

Deb Niemeier

Deb Niemeier is a professor with a joint appointment at the School of Education and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In September 2015, after a positive vote by Senate faculty in the spring, then Chancellor Linda Katehi approved Niemeier¹s joint appointment in the School of Education.

Staff Profile REEd

Susan O’Hara
Executive Director

Susan O’Hara joined the School of Education as REEd’s Executive Director in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, and working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University and received early promotion to associate professor in 2004. While at Sacramento State University she served as associate chair of teacher education and core faculty for the Independent Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Most recently, she was associate professor and founding executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University.

Susan’s research practice partnership work is focused on building instructional capacity and implementing integrated professional growth systems, with specific attention to meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Her work in this area has spanned 22 years and she is specifically interested in partnerships that translate into actions and improvements in practice. Her current work stems from a five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) testing the efficacy of Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES), an instructional capacity building model that targets the academic language and literacy needs of English learners in grades3-6 as well as a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation testing the efficacy of a professional learning model designed to improve math outcomes for all students.

Recent Grants

  • U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (2018-2022). Testing the Efficacy of the SOAR for Math Professional Learning Model. ($4.9M)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2017-2022). Investigating the Efficacy of the Academic Language and Literacy Professional Developmental Model.($3.2M)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (2016- 2021). Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners. ($2.5 M)
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant (2016-2018). Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems. ($3.8 M)
  • California Department of Corrections. Evaluation of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Technical Education Program. ($500,000).
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems ($5.8M).
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. Academic Literacy Support for Teachers: A Capacity Building Approach ($2M).

Select Publications

O’Hara, S. and Bookmyer, J. (2018). Theory of action for resourcing professional growth. Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

O’Hara, S., Bookmyer, J., Martin, R., Newton, R., and Reyes, R.  (2018). The (not so fast or straight) Line to Continuous Improvement: Building a Teacher Professional Growth System. Leadership Magazine

O’Hara, S.. Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., Newton, R., and Do, U. (2017). Academic language and literacy in every setting (ALLIES+): strengthening the STEM learning ecosystem. In Olivera, A., and Weinburg, M. (Eds) Science teacher preparation in content-based second language acquisition

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R. (2016). Framing teaching for Common Core literacy standards: SOAR teaching frames for literacy. Psychology Research, February 2016, Vol. 6, No. 2, 92-101.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES): A capacity building approach to supporting teachers in Grades 3-8. In F. Hiebert & P. Proctor (Eds), Teaching emergent bilingual students: Flexible approaches in an era of new standards

Pritchard, R., O’Hara, S., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Framing the teaching of academic language to English learners: A Delphi study of expert consensus. TESOL Quarterly.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., and Webb, J. (2015). Implementing new technologies to support social justice pedagogy. In Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. M. (Eds). Social justice instruction: Empowerment on the chalkboard. Springer Publishing

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2015). Using new technologies to engage and support English learners in mathematics classrooms. In D. Polly (Ed.) Cases on technology and Common Core mathematics standards. IGI Global. Hersey, PA.

O’Hara, S., Zwiers, J., & Pritchard, R. (2014). Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the playing field. The Journal of Communication & Education, 13(7), 28-31.

O’Hara, S., & Pritchard, R. (2013). Learning to integrate new technologies into teaching and learning through a design-based model of professional development. The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE), 21(2), Pages 203-223.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). Professional degree programs for the development of accomplished teachers: A case for the National Board Certification process. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP), 2(1), Pages 54–73.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Huang-DeVoss, Cammy. (2012). The Teaching Using Technology Studio (TUTS): Innovative professional development to meet the needs of English language learners. TESOL Journal.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). “I’m teaching what?!”: Preparing university faculty for online Instruction. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP). Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 42-53.

(916) 425-1987
Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cindy Passmore

(530) 752-7883
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science Education, Groupwork, Race and Schooling, Social Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice Education, Literacy in Science

Alexis Patterson
Assistant Professor

Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

(530) 752-8675
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. In-service and preservice teacher learning; Interdisciplinary Instruction; Science Education; Secondary Education

Rick Pomeroy
Lecturer/Supervisor Emeritus, Science Credential

Office hours: Wednesdays 3-5 or by appointment

(530) 752-0622
Staff Profile

Adriana Pulido
Program Manager

(530) 754-7422
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Latina/o and Native American identity formations in P-20 systems; Transition to college for students of color in K-12, Access

Patricia D. Quijada
Associate Professor


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Emphasis: Human Development Minor: Youth Studies and Multicultural Education

Ed.M., Youth Development: Prevention Science and Practice
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Ed.M., Counseling Processes
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Multiple Subject, Elementary Credential
University of San Diego

B.A. and B.S. Political Science and Sociology
University of California at Riverside

(530) 752-9377
Staff Profile California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed
Executive Director, California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed serves as Executive Director for California Education Lab.  In this role, Sherrie is managing and directing the research efforts of numerous federal and foundation grants and supporting the faculty Principal Investigators. These projects represent unprecedented collaboration among the primary public education segments in the state of California, including formal partnership between the University of California, Davis and the California Department of Education, and collaboration with the California State University Chancellor’s Off

(530) 752-8030
Staff Profile Student Services

Mary M. Reid
PhD and MA Program Advisor

(530) 752-7259
Staff Profile External Relations

Angela Reynolds
Associate Director of Development

Angela Reynolds joined the UC Davis School of Education in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Development. Most recently, Angela served as Director of Distinguished Giving at the American Cancer Society in Connecticut where she worked with individual donors, foundations, and large corporations. Prior to her development experience, Angela was a first officer pilot for a regional airline on the east coast. She received a BA in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University and holds several FAA pilot certifications.

(530) 752-8053
Staff Profile Student Services

Maria Rochin
Special Projects Coordinator

(530) 752-5887
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez
Associate Professor

Office hours: Fall Quarter 2017 — By Appointment Only

Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions of educational investment that reflect efforts to build upon community strengths in order to address community needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez also engages in research that focuses on the political economic conditions and educational trajectories of Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color, and low-income populations in the U.S.

(530) 754-6256
Faculty Profile

Rebecca Rosa
Lecturer/Supervisor, Social Science Credential

(530) 752-4199
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

Heather Rose
Associate Professor

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

(530) 752-1407
Staff Profile Business Office

Ruby Sandoval
Finance Assistant

(530) 752-8956
Staff Profile External Relations

Shaima A. Shafii
Development & External Relations Assistant

Shaima Shafii joined the School of Education as the Development and External Relations Assistant on January 16, 2018. She is responsible for a wide range of coordinative and administrative duties, as well as working with the marketing and communications team at the School of Education.

(530) 754-4824
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication

Nicole Sparapani
Assistant Professor

Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education and faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research interests center around the development and evaluation of effective educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Sparapani practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.

(530) 752-6137
Staff Profile

Lisa Sullivan
Associate Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Lisa Sullivan brings a range of skills and experience to her work in Teacher Education. Lisa worked as a classroom teacher in East Los Angeles and in Northern California before obtaining her doctorate from UC Davis in Learning and Mind Sciences. She has worked extensively with both classroom teachers and higher education faculty to improve teaching and learning.  Lisa has conducted over twenty program evaluations for K-12 and university based education initiatives. She has expertise in the area of special education, having worked on a national implementation grant to support general education teachers to implement best practices for students with autism. Lisa has also taught both credential and Masters students at UC Davis, Sacramento State University and Loyola Marymount University. Her dissertation research examined the role of attention in learning and school readiness for preschool children.  Her main area of interest is in working with educators to translate research into practice that will improve outcomes for all students.


  • Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A. in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986

Publications and Working Papers

  • Franzone, E., Kucharczyk, S., Sullivan, L., & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the use of evidence based practices in classrooms: The national professional development center model for implementation. In Mundy, P. & Mastergeorge, A. (Eds), Autism for Educators, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Sullivan, L. (2010). Joint attention: Interactions with word learning and school readiness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Volume 71(11-A), pp.3902.
  • Abedi, J., Kao, J.C., Leon, S., Mastergeorge, A., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., & Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of segmented reading comprehension passages for students with disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education, 23 (2), 168-186.
  • Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., & Mastergeorge, A. (2009). A parallel and distributed-processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2(1), 2-21.
  • Abedi, K., Kao, J., Leon, J., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., Pope, R., Nambiar, V., & Mastergeorge, A. (2008). Exploring factors that affect accessibility of reading comprehension assessments for students with disabilities: A study of segmented text (Report No. 746), 80pp. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Manuscript Currently Under Review

  • Sullivan, L., Mundy, P., & Mastergeorge, A. Joint Attention, Social Behavior and School Readiness in Preschool Children.
(530) 752-2809
Staff Profile Office of the Assistant Dean

Lauren Thomas
Events Manager

(530) 752-8847
Staff Profile

Joshua Traser
Research Analyst

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Agricultural education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary education; Science education; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Cary Trexler

Research Interests

Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

(530) 752-2623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early literacy; English learners; Bilingualism and bilingual education; Educational television and multimedia; Language acquisition

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich
Associate Professor, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee


Research Interests

Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

(530) 754-6271
Faculty Profile

Matt Wallace
Lecturer/Supervisor, Mathematics Credential


  • BS—University of California, Davis
  • MA—San Francisco State University
  • PhD—University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

  • Director, Math for America Berkeley, 2012
  • Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • University Supervisor, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2012
  • Mathematics Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District, 2002-2008

Professional Organization Membership

  • America Educational Research Associatio
(530) 752-6083
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis; The use of assessment as an educational reform lever; Grading; Evaluation of educational programs

Megan Welsh
Associate Professor; MA General Track Advisor & Admissions Chair

Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

(530) 752-9890
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Collaborative learning; Learning and cognition; Mathematics education; Technology in mathematics; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Tobin White
Associate Professor

Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and activities in order to investigate intersections between conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more than a decade in teacher preparation.

(530) 752-9348
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Maisha T. Winn
Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education (TJE)

Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Academic Administrator, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.  His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research.

Staff Profile Academic Personnel

Marcia Woods
Academic Personnel Analyst

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Post-doctoral Researchers

Yu Zhang
Postdoctoral Scholar

Yu Zhang has been postdoctoral researcher in the School of Education since 2016. She previously worked on mathematics education at UC Santa Barbara, where she studied how to improve mathematics scores for low-performing students through cognitive intervention. She is currently working on educational evaluation and assessment and managing multiple research projects.

Research Interests

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