Current Lab Members
Shantanu Tilak, M.A.
I'm a PhD student of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. My research looks at the incorporation of cooperative learning processes in technology-supported classrooms and the reformulation of systems to allow both individual and collective agency for students using technology to learn. My work draws largely on the theories of John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky and critical theorists such as Habermas, and lies at the crossroads of sociopolitical critique and participatory action, aimed at bridging the research-practice gap that exists in education.
Monica Lu, M.A.
I am a doctoral student with a general interest in understanding how motivation develops in young students and how their interactions with their teachers and classmates might shape their academic motivation and subsequent learning outcomes. Prior to starting my doctoral program, I completed a Master's in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia where I was able to become immersed in applied research. I began to ask how my research and the knowledge I have can be pieced together to create something tangible and feasible to be brought into the classroom. I hope to continue working closely with educators and students to bridge the gap between research and practice, and help build an environment where students are excited to learn and prepared to engage with the world around them.
Saetbyul Clara Kim, M.A.
I am a doctoral student at Ohio State University. As an undergraduate at Yonsei University in South Korea, I identified an interest in education and social work and graduated with double majors. After obtaining my master's degree in Educational Psychology at Seoul National University, I began a Ph.D. in educational psychology at Ohio State in 2018. My research interests include prosocial norms, social engagement, and emotional development. I joined the Collaborative Social Reasoning Project led by my faculty mentor Tzu-Jung Lin, associate professor of educational psychology, to study instructional methods that foster social reasoning and interpersonal skills. My life's project is to connect one's worldview, psychological dynamics, and academic behaviors (e.g., how one's world view can help to search the meaning of life and lead to the purpose-driven academic behaviors).
I am a third-year doctoral student at The Ohio State University. Five years before, I would have never guessed that I would be pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. I completed my master’s in clinical psychology and worked in hospitals. Over a period of time, I realized the importance of mental wellbeing and inculcating healthy coping patterns from a young age. I started exploring the application of psychology in the field of education. I completed my master’s thesis on the role of test anxiety and how that negatively impacts students’ performance. I soon started developing a great interest in the social emotional wellbeing of students and applied for PhD program in the US. Now, I aim to develop intervention programs for adolescents that can enhance their emotional and social regulatory skills, especially by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and dialogic discussions. I currently work in projects led by my advisor, Dr. Tzu Jung Lin.
I am currently a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. My research interests intersect with the social-cognitive development and use of technology in educational settings. My current research examines the influence of collaborative small-group discussions on the development of interpersonal competencies, with a particular focus on social perspective-taking. I am also interested in how the Internet and technologies influence civic learning and social-emotional development. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, video editing, piano, and fitness dance.
I am a doctoral student interested in motivation and achievement, with a focus on underserved and underrepresented populations. I hope to create equitable practices in higher education institutes. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University, I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University. My previous research has included studying mood attribution and studying achievement goal theory. This research is what led me to pursue further research examining student motivation and to focus on enacting actual change in our educational systems that lead to more equitable practices. This project has fueled this personal priority in translating research and theory into tangible interventions for teachers. Doing research with these students is constantly inspiring and shows how important it is to continue to build these researcher and teacher relationships.