Lauren Gama

Education – MA, Montclair State University; BA, Montclair State University

Research Interests – Program Development and Evaluation; Positive Youth Development

Lauren Gama graduated from Montclair State University in May 2016 with an MA in Family and Child Studies. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a graduate research assistant in the REDSS Lab. Lauren is now a Research Associate in the REDSS Lab, assisting on the Inspiring Purpose Project (a program evaluation of a character development program currently being implemented throughout secondary schools in Scotland) and the Boy Scouts of America Character Development Initiative (examining the training of adult volunteers, and the character outcomes for youth).

Ms. Gama graduated from Montclair State University in May 2014 with a BA in Family and Child Studies, a minor in Portuguese, and a certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy.

Office — University Hall, Room 4110
Phone — (973) 655-2049
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Monica B. Glina

Education – EdD, Montclair State University; MA, Boston University; BA, Boston University

Research Interests – Classroom discourse and argumentation; democratic pedagogy; teacher education/training; bullying and aggression intervention

Dr. Glina is a Research Scientist for the REDSS Lab in the Department of Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Educational Research at the University of Oslo in Norway. She received her EdD in Pedagogy from Montclair State University. She also holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA in English from Boston University. She has specific expertise in classroom discourse, democratic pedagogy and teacher training/education. Her research is concerned with the impact of dialogic interaction on (1) aggression and (2) the development of classroom talk.

Dr. Glina has published several papers on the impact of classroom dialogue on both academic outcomes and prosocial behavior. She has served as the Project Director and Discourse Coach on a grant sponsored by the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) entitled Professional Development in Dialogic Teaching through Classroom Discussion to Improve Argument Literacy. The two goals of this collaboration with The Ohio State University for which she has been and continued to be a Research Associate are: (1) to train teachers to conduct classroom discussions that improve students’ abilities to comprehend and formulate arguments and (2) to research a professional development program in dialogic teaching that can improve students’ argument literacy skills. She is also a Research Associate on a grant funded by the Spencer Foundation called Measuring Argument Literacy Skills of Elementary School Students, as well as Research Scientist on one completed and one ongoing project funded by the John Templeton Foundation called Reflecting on the Laws of Life: A Systems Evaluation Planning Project and Process Evaluation and Inspiring Youth Purpose through Reflection on the Laws of Life: Improving, Implementing, Evaluating and Researching the Inspire>Aspire Poster Program. She had also served as the Research Associate for two prior grants sponsored by the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation: Measuring the Dialogic Quality of Classroom Talk, for which she helped to design and validate a new instrument that allows elementary school teachers to assess the dialogic quality of their interactions with their students and Student Thought and Classroom Language: Investigating the Connection, for which she developed data-analytic frameworks and coded persuasive compositions.

She has prepared curricula for a variety of undergraduate courses, such as Psychological Foundations of Education and Assessment of Learning, for students who are preparing to apply to the teacher education program, as well as graduate courses, such as Methods of Research and Learning Theories, for educators, administrators and school counselors who have returned to school to pursue advanced degrees.

Office — University Hall, Room 4110
Phone — (973) 655-2049

Megan Groner

Megan currently has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Montclair State University. As a 2017 graduate, Megan is taking a gap year after her undergraduate studies in order to work in the REDSS Lab, before sending out graduate program applications for the 2018-2019 school year. She hopes to move to California to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

She is currently working on the Inspiring Purpose project.

Colette Killian

Education – BS, Bentley University

Colette is the Assistant Director of Budgets and Grants in the REDSS Lab. She is responsible for the administrative and financial components of the lab and is coordinating logistics for PACE.  She currently works in a similar capacity at PRISM (Professional Resources in Science and Math) housed at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning located in Blanton Hall at MSU. She has worked at Montclair State University part-time for over 14 years.  Previously she worked at Patient Care Inc., American Cyanamid and Touche Ross. Colette graduated from Bentley University and is a CPA.

Office — Blanton Hall - PRISM
Phone — (973) 655-7553
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Jeffrey Poulos

Education – MA, Counseling, Montclair State University, BA, Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

Research Interests – Career Counseling for First Generation Students; Positive Youth Development; Sibling Relationships; Transition to Adulthood

Jeff Poulos graduated from Loyola University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology and from Montclair State University with an MA in Counseling in 2015. Currently, Jeff is an Admissions Counselor and works in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Montclair State University. He helps transfer students transition and adjust to Montclair's campus. Additionally, Jeff has experience helping students with career exploration, and previously worked as a career counselor before returning to Montclair's campus as a staff member. 

Office — College Hall, Room 100
Phone — (973) 655-7884
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