Team Members

Helenrose Fives, PhD (Co-Director)

Helenrose Fives, PhD is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She earned her PhD in Human Development, specializing in Educational Psychology, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Fives taught grades 5-8 for 6 years in Washington, D.C. where she developed and implemented an interdisciplinary curriculum with the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her research focuses on the intersection of teacher beliefs and practices, with an emphasis on understanding the interrelationship between teachers' beliefs (specifically efficacy, knowledge, and ability beliefs) and the process of teaching and learning to teach. Dr. Fives has published in outlets such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Teaching and Teacher Education.

Nicole Barnes (Co-Director)

Nicole Barnes, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Educational Foundations Department in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She earned her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  As an educational psychologist, Dr. Barnes is interested in understanding and improving the teaching-learning process by investigating the features of high-quality classroom assessment practices and the development of students’ self-and co-regulated learning when engaged in assessment tasks. Her previous experience teaching at-risk elementary school students in jeopardy of being retained has inspired her interest in developing assessment techniques that focus on student progress. 

‌Charity Dacey, MS (Doctoral Student)

Charity M. Dacey is the Director of Teacher Education Admissions and Retention at Montclair State University (MSU). She is working toward a PhD in Teacher Education and Teacher Development. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership (Mercy College) and a Bachelor’s in American Studies (Smith College). Her research interests include teacher retention, teachers’ goal orientations, motivations and teachers’ beliefs about assessment.  Prior to MSU, Ms. Dacey spent seven years recruiting teachers for urban schools and she began her career in education serving as a high school teacher and coach in Louisiana.  At MSU Ms. Dacey has been nominated by students, staff and faculty and selected for the MSU Advising Administrator Excellence Award.  Ms. Dacey actively participates in conferences on the national and international level and teaches a course in educational psychology and a course in authentic assessment. Email:

Anna Gillis, MS (Graduate Student)

Anna Gillis, research assistant, is a graduate student obtaining her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Montclair State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in psychology from Stonehill College in 2011. Currently a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society, Anna engages in continuing education and community service through the local CSI chapter. Her research interests include the influence of socioeconomic factors on mental health and education and the effect of student-teacher relationships on academic achievement. Anna has developed these interests through in-home and outpatient counseling work with children and families, as well as her current research at the university as a graduate assistant in the education department.

Karissa Hearn, MA (Research Assistant)

Karissa Hearn, research assistant, is a graduate student obtaining her master’s degree in School Counseling at Montclair State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in English from The College of New Jersey in 2011. She is interested how school counselors can support teachers’ teaching practices. 



Megan Odsliv Bratkovich, MA (Doctoral Student)

Meghan Odsliv Bratkovich is a doctoral student in Teacher Education and Teacher Development at Montclair State University. She earned an EdM in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton (IL) College.  Her experience teaching English as a second/foreign language has taken her all over the world, where she has developed a passion for all things linguistic and cultural.  Her research interests include preparing mainstream teachers for English language learners, ESL/EFL teacher preparation, second language assessment, and formative assessment practices.

Lauren Juliette Ramos, MPH, CHES (Research Assistant)

Lauren Juliette Ramos is a research project manager in the Educational Foundations Department at Montclair State University. She earned an M.S. in Public Health at William Paterson University (NJ), where she began research in topic areas around student driving behaviors and healthy eating access on campus. She went on to earn her Masters of Public Health at Montclair State University, throughout which time she continued to study Global Health disparities, as related to social determinants of health. Currently a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Professional Public Health Organization, her experience in mixed method studies surrounding racial/ethnic disparities greatly influences her research work and continues to drive academic and scientific research endeavors.  Lauren Ramos has written for journal publications for the American Journal of Men’s Health and Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.