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chelsea adamsChelsea Adams is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with her B.A. in Psychology. After working two years during her undergraduate career as a research assistant in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab at UK, Chelsea returned to the university to continue her research in motivation and achievement in Appalachian students – an area of focus she is very passionate about. Chelsea has gained valuable experiences and skills working as a substitute teacher in her local district, as well as a full-time teacher at a Child Development Center. She currently works in the Disability Resource Center at UK as a Graduate Assistant. Her plans include pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology after obtaining her Masters degree.

Email: chelsea.adams@uky.edu


Calah Ford is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology.  She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky. Calah has several years of experience as both a classroom teacher and as a marketer, and is currently working as a teaching assistant for preservice elementary teachers. Through teaching in both rural and urban settings as well as in low-income schools, Calah developed an interest in under-served student populations. Her specific research interests are self-efficacy, failure, and motivation.

Email: Calah.Ford@uky.edu



chrisChris Dillon is a doctoral student in Music Education at the University of Kentucky as well as an adjunct instructor at West Virginia State University. He has taught in public,private, and non-profit educational settings in Kentucky, New York City, and West Virginia, teaching both music and general education classes k-12 and at the university level. Chris is on an academic fellowship and a teaching assistant at UK, primarily teaching elementary education majors. Chris’ research interests include musical self-efficacy, motivation in the music classroom, Orff-Schulwerk and Dalcroze teacher education, and teacher instructional methods.

Web site: christendillon.com



John Eric Lingat graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Community Development & International Relations and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, focusing on Education Policy. John Eric previously served as an Assistant Principal at a dual-language school where he taught PS-5th grade students and held leadership roles, including Union Building Representative, Lead Teacher, Dean of Students, and Summer School Principal. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. John Eric is currently researching self-regulation, second language acquisition, and implicit bias. He is interested in responsive instructional environments and school leadership reform efforts.

AbbeyAbigail Love is a first year doctoral student in Educational Psychology. She graduated from EKU with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education and received a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UK. She has worked in Australia as a Special Education teacher, specializing in challenging behaviors and autism spectrum disorders. At UK, she works as an instructor of record for preservice elementary teachers. Her research interests include teacher self-efficacy, teaching students with autism, international special education, and applied psychometrics.

Email: amlove2@uky.edu




Brianna McCrea is a first year Master’s student in the educational psychology program. She recently graduated from UK with a BA in Psychology with Spanish and Photography minors and this is her fourth full year in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab. Her research interests include how mindfulness affects motivation in schools and how context plays a role in the sources of self-efficacy. In her future career she hopes to design educational programs for children in the state care system and continue to travel and photograph landscapes across the country. She currently works as an academic tutor at the CATS Center on UK’s campus and as an assistant office manager for an electrical contracting firm. In her free time she loves to swing dance, cook, and garden.


Laura Page Laura Bratcher Page holds a BA in psychology from the University of Memphis, an MBA from Auburn University, an M.Ed. from Alabama A&M University, and credentials in library sciences from the University of West Alabama.  She has served as adjunct faculty at Auburn and at Calhoun Community College in Huntsville, AL, and taught in K-12 schools for 15 years.  Laura’s current research interest is in motivation and sources of self-efficacy in second-language acquisition among adolescents and adults. She enjoys reading, traveling, and reading about traveling.

Email: laura.page@uky.edu


IMG_3222Brittany Waiters is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology.  Originally from Louisville, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and was previously an undergraduate member of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab. Brittany plans to eventually receive a PhD in Counseling Psychology.  She is a vegetarian and in her spare time enjoys playing violin and practicing martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Capoeira.

Email: brittany.waiters@uky.edu