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Postdocs and Graduate Students

Lab Research Coordinator

Xiao-Yin Chen is a Master’s student in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Kentucky, 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 interested in various social factors and experiences that might influence students’ learning and beliefs. 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 about a qualitative investigation of the social sources of self-efficacy in undergraduate engineering students.  Email: | CV December 2019

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Narmada Paul earned her PhD in Educational Studies from the Ohio State University in 2018. Her research focuses on understanding the link between motivation and cognition in technology-infused learning environments. Dr. Paul has been actively involved in several collaborative research projects that developed her interest in the following areas: motivation, argumentation, collaborative learning and learning environments. She has a strong foundation in developing and implementing educational interventions with an emphasis on teacher-researcher partnership. At OSU, Dr. Paul taught educational psychology at the undergraduate level. In India, she taught several undergraduate courses in psychology. At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Paul teaches graduate level courses on cognitive development, life-span human development, and research methods. Email:



Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. DiGiacomo received her PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Colorado Boulder. As a community- and design-based researcher, Daniela’s work investigates how to design for more equitable teaching and learning relationships between adults and young people across various lines of difference. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Daniela worked in secondary teaching, school administration, political asylum advocacy, and social work in the Bay Area. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Development Studies from Cambridge University. 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. 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 research is focused on failure mindset, STEM self-efficacy, STEM motivation, and STEM education. Calah is a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow.  Email: | CV September 2019


Jaeyun Han is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology. She graduated from Ewha Womans University in South Korea with a B.A. in Education in 2016 and a Master’s in Education in 2018. Her master’s thesis investigated the relationship between mindset, social comparison motives, and self-efficacy in the mathematics of middle school students in South Korea. She is interested in how social models might influence students’ self-beliefs in mathematics. Email:  | CV December 2019