Meet the ND PIER and Burns Fellows

Notre Dame Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research

Burns Fellows

Chang Che ND PIER

Chang Che

  • Ph.D. student in Psychology
  • Advisor: Zhiyong “Johnny” Zhang
  • Undergraduate Institution: Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China

Chang is a second-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology. She grew up in Xi’an, China, and graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in 2016 with a BA in both Psychology and Statistics. Chang is now even further away from home as a current Notre Dame and PIER graduate student. Her research interests include linking Big Data methods to the field of psychology and educational measurement.

 

Maxwell Hong ND PIER

Maxwell Hong

  • Ph.D. student in Psychology
  • Advisor: Alison Cheng
  • Undergraduate Institution: UC Davis

Max is a second-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a BS in Psychology. His research interests include psychometric methodology and its application to both psychological and educational constructs.

 

Patrick Graff ND PIER

Patrick Graff

  • Ph.D. student in Sociology 
  • Advisor: Mark Berends
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Patrick is a ​second-year graduate student in Sociology and CREO. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Chinese. He then earned his ​M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program​ ​while concurrently teaching third grade in Tampa, Florida. Before beginning​ doctoral studies, Patrick worked as an Associate Director of the ACE Teaching Fellows program. His research interests include​ ​implementation of private school choice policy, the effects of teacher mobility and attrition on student achievement, and methods to recruit, support, and retain teachers in K-8 settings, with a focus on the translation of basic research to public policy.

 

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

  • Ph.D. student in Political Science 
  • First Year Mentor: David Campbell 
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Indiana

Hannah is a second-year graduate student in Political Science. She graduated with honors from Indiana University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science, where her undergraduate thesis focused on the effects of racial pejorative language use on the formation of political identity. Her research interests include political psychology, public opinion, and religion in American politics.

 

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Katie Kelley

  • Ph.D. student in Psychology 
  • Advisor: Dan Lapsley 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Covenant College

Katie is a first-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology, where she studies adolescent and young adult religious development with Dr. Dan Lapsley. She graduated from Covenant College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 2012 with a M.S. in Research Psychology. Katie worked as an adjunct professor of Psychology at Tennessee Temple University and Cleveland State Community College before she moved to Indiana to begin her program at Notre Dame. Her research interests include increasing minority and first-generation access to education, teaching equality and compassion, the role of identity in education, and adolescent religious education.

 

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Patrick Kirkland

  • Ph.D. student in Psychology 
  • Advisor: Nicole McNeil 
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Patrick is a first-year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a BBA in Finance and Political Science. He then earned his M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program, while concurrently teaching middle school math and social studies in Savannah, Georgia. Before beginning graduate school, Patrick worked as an Associate Director of Academics for the ACE Teaching Fellows program. His research interests are in the areas of children's cognitive development and K-12 mathematics education with a particular focus on how children develop mathematical concepts and how students construct problem solving strategies.

Shana Scogin

  • Ph.D. student in Political Science
  • Advisor: Susanne Wengle 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College

Shana is a first-year graduate student in Political Science studying comparative politics. She graduated with a BA from Kenyon College in 2007 and with an MA from Marquette University in 2013 in Political Science.  Her research interests include education policy, economic development, and identity politics.

ND PIER Fellows

Brian Fitzpatrick

  • Ph.D. student in Sociology 
  • Advisor: Sarah Mustillo 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University New Orleans

Brian Fitzpatrick is a third-year graduate student in the Center for Research on Education Opportunity. He received his B.A. in Sociology at Loyola University of New Orleans and taught math at a New Orleans area middle school. His research focuses on the role of teacher and classroom characteristics and their effect on students’ learning trajectories.

 

Xiao Liu

Xiao Liu

  • Ph.D. student in Psychology 
  • Advisor: Lijuan “Peggy” Wang 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Renmin University of China/li>

Xiao is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Psychology with a quantitative concentration. She obtained her BS in Statistics from Renmin University of China in 2017. Xiao is working in Peggy Wang’s lab, and her current research interests are sample size planning, replication crisis, multilevel modeling and their application in educational practices.