Our efforts are supported by a dedicated group of research assistants.
Mackenzie Allen is a third-year undergraduate student studying Criminology and Psychology through the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is currently a research assistant for the Marsico Institute working on the migration to Kaltura.
Rachel Biggs is currently a graduate student in the Early Childhood Special Education Program at the University of Denver. Rachel graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Before moving to Denver for graduate school, Rachel worked as a special education teacher. Rachel is extremely passionate about providing individuals with disabilities the very best resources and opportunities. In her spare time, Rachel is either trying to keep her on year old puppy, Denver, busy or enjoying all of the new food experiences that Denver provides!
Marion Carilli is currently a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver. Marion graduated from The College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She eventually wants to work with children/adolescents and is passionate about helping them advocate for their needs and wants. Marion is currently a research assistant for Marsico Institute, working on coding research and the LT2 site. In her free time, Marion enjoys hiking, skiing, walking in Washington Park, thrift shopping, getting coffee, and exploring all of the things the city of Denver has to offer, including all the yummy food.
Luke Clements is a Research Assistant with the Marsico Institute. He is working on 508 compliance videos for the LT2 website. He is majoring in cybersecurity. He enjoys mountain biking, video games, and playing guitar.
Menglong (Jason) Cong is a second-year doctoral student in the Research Method and Statistics at the University of Denver and is currently a member of the team working on the Evaluating the Efficacy of Learning Trajectories in Early Mathematics project. Menglong holds a B.S. degree in Applied Psychology and a M.A. degree in Educational Psychology. During his educational psychology graduate program, Menglong worked for two years as an Evaluation and Research Assistant at a program evaluation center at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, he has served as a clinical psychological counselor and special educator in China. His research interest includes student achievement in higher education, international students' acculturation, and program evaluation in higher education.
Yixiao Dong is a 5th year doctoral student in the Research Methods and Statistics program at the University of Denver. He holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology and an M.A. in Educational Psychology. Yixiao's research interests include test fairness of educational assessments, measurement validity, and personality of children and adolescents. He likes fishing, cooking, and e-sports. Before Yixiao came to DU, he worked at a charter school with a full-inclusive program at Denver Public School district. He is currently working on the DREME project
Nebeyu Eguale is a second-year undergraduate student studying Computer Science at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. He is passionate about computer science and math; Nebeyu engages profoundly in these fields both academically and non-academically and hopes that he can continue with this path to become a software engineer. He is currently a Web Developer for the Marisco Institute working on supporting the institute’s [LT]2 website.
Zoe Henderson is a second-year International Human Rights graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Affairs at the University of Denver. She received her BA in English Literature and Theory with a minor in Environment and Sustainability from Western Colorado University. Zoe has been an English tutor, newspaper editor, and museum curator's assistant. Zoe is currently working as the marketing and communications assistant for the Marsico Institute.
Erin Jamieson joins Marsico as a Research Assistant. Erin has supported research and evaluation initiatives in education in the Denver area for over ten years, with an emphasis on early childhood. She has supported quality data collection in a range of community projects, including the Denver Preschool Project, Clayton Early Learning, and Marsico's Evaluation of Learning Trajectories in Early Childhood. Currently, she is helping to improve the accuracy of translated material with STEMIIEE. She is also a mom to two great kids, manager of a busy household, and just recently mastered the art of the homemade bagel.
Kayla McCreadie is a current master's student in the School Psychology program at the University of Denver and a member of the Arithmetic Strategies Project. Kayla graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology (with a neuroscience focus) and a minor in sociology. Prior to attending the University of Denver, Kayla worked as a full-time research technician in the Development of Self-Regulation Dynamics lab at Penn State. She has also worked as a respite and habilitation service provider for an adult with autism, conducted research at a school for children with autism, and interned as a summer group leader for children with learning disabilities. Kayla's interests include working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and bridging the gap between research and practice.
Catalina Palacios is a double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of Denver. Catalina is from Kansas and is looking forward to new adventures.
Gregory de Weissenbruch
Gregory de Weissenbruch is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Computer Engineering at the Ritchie School of Engineering at the University of Denver. He is currently working as a Web Developer for the Marsico Institute focusing on supporting and maintaining the Institute’s [LT]2 website. Additionally, he is working as a Technology and Operations Assistant for the Institute.