Some of Our Current ISHD M.S.Ed. Students

Name: Elisa Warczyk
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Previous Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Geneva (2017)
Academic/Research Interests:  Risk & resilience, holistic education
Long Term Goals: Implement positive and holistic school curriculums



Name: Yu-Fang Tu
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Previous Education: LLM, Law, Boston College Law School (2013)
Academic/Research Interests:  Mind body medicine and mindfulness meditation
Long Term Goals: Research in the influences of mindfulness meditation training on the structural change of human brain.

Name: Alejandra Lucia Abusada
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Previous Education: B.A in Psychology, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) (2017)
Academic/Research Interests:  Human development, non-profit organization
Long Term Goals: I am devoted to spreading the importance of mental health and education on a global scale. The merger of these two fields is key for human development. My long-term goal is to make Mami Linda, a mental health-focused non-profit organization I founded in Peru, grow and ensure people with low economic resources access to mental health and education. Being at Penn GSE opens every door to obtain knowledge and tools to reach my goals. Penn GSE makes it viable to change the world.

Name: Shunan Lyu
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Child & Family Studies, FuJen Catholic University (2018)
Academic/Research Interests:  Parenting, social behavior in early childhood, child development
Long Term Goals: I am interested in working with parents and families and conveying the parenting perspectives and skills that help ensure the best environment for children. Also, I hope to do cross-cultural research that compares childrens' social behavior development between eastern and western cultures. 

Name: Di Wu
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Previous Education: B.A. in Accounting and Financial Management, the University of Sheffield (2009-2012)
Academic/Research Interests:  Family education, human development
Long Term Goals: To help children achieve their potential.

Name: Yuncy Si
Hometown: Vancouver Canada and Sichuan China
Previous Education: B.A. in Integrative Biology - Human Biology and Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Academic/Research Interests:  I am interested in how toddlers learn and develop in order to become physically and mentally healthy children.
Long Term Goals: I would like to use what I will learn from Penn GSE to develop a program that would help families nurture children who will mature into individuals who would positively influence others around them.

Name: Ramona Weber
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology and English, Dickinson College (2015)
Academic/Research Interests:  I hope to learn more about the relationship between psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience in pediatric, low-income populations.
Long Term Goals: Following the completion of the ISHD program, I would like to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and then subsequently join a university setting to perform research and teach.

Name: Anne H. L. Coleman
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Education: B.A. in Theatre, Swarthmore College (2010)
Academic/Research Interests:  I am working towards an M.S.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, with particular interest in cognitive development, empathy, and empathy interventions. My current research is influenced by two key studies: Vezzali et al., “The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice" (2014) and the Kidd and Castano study, “Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind” (2013). In response to these studies, my research interests include studying the current handling of literature with anti-bias themes in U.S. schools, developing metrics for assessing the short- and long-term impact of literature with anti-bias themes presented in a classroom setting, and better understanding the potential impact of literature on prejudice at different developmental stages.
Long Term Goals: Using fiction study in classrooms to advance anti-bias and anti-bullying initiatives, with particular attention to combatting the alienation effect of technology; Helping educators to implement initiatives and respond to the latest studies in human development. Having worked as a high school English and theater teacher for seven years prior to coming to Penn GSE, my research and studies always return to questions of how researchers can better assist educators with the implementation of their discoveries. Ultimately, my goal is always to help adolescents to better navigate their own learning and their presence in the inter-connected global community.

Name: Sage LeAnn Rush
Hometown: Perkasie, PA
Previous Education: B.A. in Neuroscience/Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College (2015)
Academic/Research Interests:  Education policy reform & psychology.
Long Term Goals: Implementing restorative practices in schools as an alternative to current harsh, punitive disciplines (e.g., suspensions, expulsions) and promoting positive and healthy school communities. Along with that, I am hoping to pursue a Ph.D. to collect data illustrating the positive and lasting effects of implementing alternative “disciplinary” approaches, such as restorative practices, in schools.

Name: Megan Stutesman
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Previous Education: B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Dance, University of Washington (2015)
Academic/Research Interests:  I am interested in research that looks at the impact of mind-body connection on healthy development and educational potential. Other interests include advocacy and research to support quality early childhood education and geriatric well-being.
Long Term Goals: After my master’s I would like to pursue a Ph.D. and continue research. Eventually I would like to design research-based intervention strategies and curriculum to better promote healthy development, education, and well-being. 

Name: Laura Bradley
Hometown: Eagle River, WI
Previous Education: B.A. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2010)
Academic/Research Interests:  Child development, play-based learning, parent and teacher education, educational products and materials.
Long Term Goals: I hope to work with children, families, and teachers in a school or community based setting to ensure the best early learning environment for young children. I also have interest in working in the development of toys and educational tools that focus on developmental milestones in early childhood. 

Name: Mengxiang He
Hometown: Hangzhou/Bengbu, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Applied Psychology, Shanghai Normal University (2015)
Academic/Research Interests:  Child development in different social contexts and cultural backgrounds, parenting style, individual differences.
Long Term Goals: My goal in the near future is to pursue a higher degree after finishing the master’s program. I hope my future work could help to better understand children’s developmental trajectory as well as release children’s developmental potential in my country. 

Name: Ka Hee Kim
Hometown: South Korea
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York (2016)
Academic/Research Interest: Developmental psychology focused on children living in poverty.
Long Term Goals: To become a developmental psychologist who can support disadvantaged and marginalized children, especially those who are less likely to receive quality education. Moreover, I am interested in helping women, especially Comfort women (girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II) who had lost their rights as a human as well as a woman. Thus, I am working on my personal project for supporting and fundraising for Comfort women so they can get back their lost human dignity.