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Welcome to the Community Hub website for the Educational Psychology PhD Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Visit this site to learn more about program, student, faculty, alumni news and accomplishments. Throughout this site you will find blog posts written by students, faculty, and alumni. If you are interested in writing a post, please contact Maya Rose at

Recent Posts

  • Congratulations to Magdalen Beiting-Parrish who defended her dissertation proposal on “Analyzing Linguistic Features of Standardized Math Items: A Text Mining Approach.”


  • By Marcy Zipke “Knock, knock!” “Who’s there?”“Tennis!”“Tennis, who?”“Ten is my favorite number!!!!” The knock knock joke above was the first successful joke I ever wrote. I was about 5 or 6 years old and obsessed with knock knock jokes. The problem is that I didn’t have the metalinguistic awareness (MA) to understand how they worked, so I was instead creating nonsensical jokes and then laughing uproariously. Seeing the word “tennis” on the side of a building and suddenly understanding that it was made up of two words that could be used consecutively was a moment of such cognitive clarity, this

  • Yeshan Qian

    The following post is part of our Student Spotlight initiative My name is Yeshan Qian. I am currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Learning, Development, and Instruction specialization. Here are some of my updates and progress: I have been doing research under Dr. Colette Daiute’s guidance, on heritage language learners among Chinese immigrant families in New York City since the Fall 2020 semester. We mainly focus on peer collaborated instruction on teaching Chinese heritage language. We have done a literature review, proposed some interesting research questions along with the review, and searched some Chinese heritage language schools in

  • Throughout the semester, we are going to post about students in our program in the form of student spotlights! Each post will include information about the student’s interests and line of research. Posts will include links to more information such as publications, presentations, posters, blog posts, and other research materials. If you are interested in submitting a student spotlight, email the following to Maya Rose at brief paragraph about your interests and line of research links to more info (research publications, google scholar profile, research gate profile, and/or academic website) picture of yourself

  • Based on questions we received during recent open houses, we developed a list of FAQs for our program. Check it out on our main website by clicking HERE!

  • If you are a doctoral student in your second through sixth year, you are likely eligible to apply for a Doctoral Student Research Grant (Round 16), which can get you up to $1,500 for research, travel, accommodations, conference fees, some supplies not covered by your program, a research assistant, as well as fees (not covered by your program) for libraries, databases, and publication, etc.  The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021, though you are encouraged to start applying soon. You will need to fill out an online application form and get one faculty letter of support. For more information about the grant and to

  • The following interview took place on April 17th, 2020. Maya Rose (Scholarly Communication Fellow) interviewed Dr. Sarah McGrew, Dr. Patricia Brooks, and Jessica Brodsky about their timely research on media literacy. Bios for each contributor are included at the end of the post.

  • Congrats to Elizabeth S. Che who successfully defended her pilot project titled “Do Graduate Students Aim to Teach Undergraduates Employable Skills?”

  • By Maya Rose and Teresa Ober, Ph.D* * authors contributed equally to this blog post Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about challenges to graduate and early career researchers, wreaking havoc on their research plans and causing yet unknown downstream consequences on career opportunities. Though we don’t yet know the long-term impact of the pandemic on our professional journey, we offer some personal reflections on the challenges we faced in adapting our research plans to the current circumstances. We situate these reflections in the context of general questions pertaining to our research during the pandemic. Given the constraints of our

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