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 Arts 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 Arts 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 MA 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 MS 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 Master 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.