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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.




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 early childhood/elementary students and held leadership roles, including Union Building Representative, Lead Teacher, Dean of Students, and Summer School Principal. John Eric has taught education courses in psychology, policy, and instruction. In addition, his expertise include language acquisition, school leadership, and individualized learning (RTI, Special Education). John Eric’s research interests include collective and self-efficacy, self-regulated learning, and motivation. He looks forward to serving students with disabilities and specialized populations, including students from minority, immigrant, and military families.



Abigail Love is a second 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. Her research interests include teacher self-efficacy, community disability awareness, and applied psychometrics.





John Witry graduated from Xavier University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology.  He previously worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  He is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Educational Psychology and is a research assistant in the Human Development Institute. John has broad research interests in student motivation and academic achievement. Email: