Program Faculty

Aerika Brittian Loyd, PhD

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Aerika Brittian Loyd, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an affiliate of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and the Center for Dissemination and Implementation in the Department of Medicine. As a developmental scientist, she investigates how social stressors and protective factors affect mental health and development in Black and Latinx youth, and she provides recommendations for culturally responsive youth practice, prevention, and policy.

Education

BA (Psychology): California State University, Fullerton
MA (Psychology): California State University, Fullerton
PhD (Child Study and Human Development): Tufts University

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 340: Self and Identity Development across the Lifespan
  • EPSY 416: Systematic Approaches to Program Quality
  • EPSY 446: Characteristics of Early Adolescence
  • EPSY 398: Directed Research in Human Development and Learning

Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, PhD

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Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, CFLE, PhD, is an assistant professor of Human Development and Learning in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her qualitative research focuses on how ecological context (community), individual, and family factors promote the resilience of low-income, ethnic-minority families and children’s transition from preschool to kindergarten. Challenging notions of dysfunction, Sarai emphasizes families’ strengths and cultural resources, and highlights the active role that low-income families play in preparing their child for school entry. Sarai also explores concrete ways to further enrich home-school collaboration.

Education

2017 – Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human Development and Family Studies
2012 – M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human and Community Development
2010 – B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sociology; Spanish (minor)

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 255: Child Development in Contemporary Society

Aisha Griffith, PhD

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Aisha Griffith, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on the development and function of supportive relationships between adolescents and non-parental adults within informal and formal learning contexts. She is particularly interested in the critical role of trust within youth-adult relationships and how these relationships support positive adolescent development. More broadly, she is committed to connecting research and practice on out-of-school time programming.

Education

BA, History, Northwestern University
MA, Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HDL Courses

  • EPSY446 Characteristics of Early Adolescence

Stacey Horn, PhD

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Stacey S. Horn, PhD is a Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology, affiliate faculty member in Community Psychology and Prevention Research, and Founding Program Director for the M.Ed. program in Youth Development at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on issues of sexual prejudice among adolescents and adolescents’ reasoning about peer harassment.

Education

BA (English and Child Development): University of Minnesota
MAT (English):  St. Thomas University
PhD (Human Development): University of Maryland, College Park

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 242: Sexuality Development Across the Lifespan
  • EPSY 363:  Research Methods in Human Development and Learning
  • EPSY 413:  Youth Development Colloquium
  • EPSY 415:  Fieldwork in Human Development and Learning
  • EPSY 446: Characteristics of Early Adolescence
  • ED 445:  Adolescence and Schools
  • EPSY 398:  Directed Research

Marisha Humphries, PhD

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Marisha L. Humphries, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Humphries’ research seeks to develop an integrated approach to studying African American children’s normative and prosocial development, and utilizing this basic research to create culturally and developmentally appropriate school-based behavior promotion programs. Her work examines African American children’s emotional and social competence, and the ways in which educational settings can support children’s development in this area. Due to her interest and experience in applied research, Dr. Humphries’ work considers the contextual and cultural factors associated with children, families, and schools.

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
BS, Psychology, Howard University

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 100: Introduction to Human Development & Learning
  • EPSY 255: Child Development & Society
  • EPSY 320: Understanding Children’s Social Development & Socialization in an Urban Context
  • EPSY 420: Social Development of Urban Children

Dalal Katsiaficas, PhD

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Dalal Katsiaficas, PhD is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research focuses on exploring the social development of immigrant-origin youth in a variety of educational settings, with regards to the development of multiple identities and social and academic engagement.

Education

PhD (Human Development and Psychology): University of California, Los Angeles
BS (Applied Psychology): New York University

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 256: Adolescence and Adult Development
  • ED 445: Adolescence and Schools

Catherine Main

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Catherine Main is a senior lecturer in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is also the coordinator of the M.Ed program in Early Childhood Education.

Education

BA: Marquette University
M.Ed: University of Illinois at Chicago

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 382: Child, Family and Community
  • EPSY 482: Forging Collaborations with Family, Community, and Staff
  • EPSY 520: Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum and Practice

Kathleen M. Sheridan, PhD

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Kathleen M. Sheridan, PhD is an associate professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is also the program coordinator of the undergraduate Human Development and Learning program.  Kathy is the principal investigator on the Math at Home: Early Math Matters grant funded project.

Education

BA: Drake University
MAED: Washington University
PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison

HDL Courses

  • EPSY 255: Child Development in Contemporary Society
  • EPSY 405: Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • EPSY 426: Child Development, Health and Wellness
  • EPSY 429: Constructivist Approaches to Development: Piaget and Vygotsky
  • EPSY 370: Early Childhood Education and Curriculum
  • EPSY 151: Human Development and Learning Academic Success