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Graduate Students

Lab Research Coordinator

Xiao-Yin Chen is a senior at the University of Kentucky pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and is working as the P20 Lab Manager. She is from a small town in Appalachia. Yin is one of the longest-standing members of our lab, having joined the lab in her freshman year of college.  Currently, she is exploring what types of experiences might influence undergraduate students’ beliefs about their capabilities in engineering. She is also working collaboratively with the Psychology Department and UK’s Institutional Research on an intervention project with first-year undergraduates. In 2017-2018, Yin completed her Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis. In 2017-2018, Yin will join the Master’s program in Educational Psychology and will continue to coordinate lab activities. Yin is interested in working with students and has a great passion for helping others. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, crafting, and spoiling her pug, Henry.   Email:

Graduate Lab Members

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:

Natalie Hewlett is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she earned a B.A. in Secondary English Education & English. Currently in a gap year, Natalie will soon join the University of Louisville to pursue a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Natalie’s primary research interests are in understanding the experiences of marginalized populations, specifically racial and sexual minorities and Appalachian youth, as well as motivation and resiliency among these populations. She is thrilled to be joining the lab this semester as a volunteer researcher. Email:

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. Email:

Abigail Love is a 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.