Dr. Goldstein is Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Her work focuses on children’s developing social and emotional skills, particularly theory of mind, empathy, and emotional control and regulation, and how such skills intersect with children’s engagement in pretend play, theatre, drama, and other imaginative activities. She received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2010 from Boston College and completed post-doctoral training at Yale University from 2010-2012. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Connection, The John Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.
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Dr. Winsler is a Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology and Associate Chair for graduate studies in the Psychology Department at George Mason University. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1994. He is an applied developmental psychologist with interests in children’s private speech (self-talk), the development of self-regulation, music and dance, bilingual language development and English-Language Learners (ELLs), school readiness and early childhood education. Dr. Winsler is author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and has two books. He has also received over $2 million in research grants, including a recent grant from the NEA.
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Dr. Sheridan is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Educational Psychology and Art Education at George Mason University, where she directs the Learning in the Making Lab and is a founding co-director of the Mason Arts Research Center (Mason ARC). Dr. Sheridan’s research focuses on how people learn through creating. She takes a sociocultural perspective, studying how learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new technologies. She focuses in particular on creative production with technology and how technology can create innovative contexts of possibility for youth from traditionally underserved groups. She completed her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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Xiaorong(Amber) Zhang (Cost Share Research Assistant, CEHD) is a third-year PhD student. She completed her MS in Educational Psychology at George Mason University and has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship for her PhD studies. Her research interests include autonomy support, self-regulated learning, and motivation. She has been working with two faculty members in CEHD and another fellow PhD student on creating a writing self-assessment rubric for English Language Learners.
Bethany Xan Jeffery (Summer Intern) holds a Master’s in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University where she received a BFA Musical Theater and BFA Acting. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, RADA’s Young Actor’s school in London, and has studied abroad in Russia. Currently, Bethany is a non-matriculated student at the University of Cincinnati where she is working toward completing the pre-requisites required for applying to a PhD in Psychology program. As an actor, Bethany has worked at Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway, on International/National Tours, in regional theaters around the country, and on TV. Outside of acting, Bethany works with children on the Autism spectrum in Applied Behavior Analysis, is the theater director at an all-girl’s high school, and is a research assistant in the Children’s Cognitive Research Lab at the University of Cincinnati.