Henry Johnson, Chair (

Henry “Hank” Johnson is a 3rd year Ed.D. student at Johnson & Wales University  in Providence, RI.  His doctoral work focuses on faculty development and learner-centered pedagogy. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at New England Institute of Technology, teaching courses in management and public health. Additionally, he serves as board treasurer of the Rhode Island Career Development Association. Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real world success. He is also a proud member of the Atlanta United supporters club, Terminus Legion.

Kisong Kim, Past Chair (

Kisong Kim is currently a Doctoral Candidate at St. John's University and working as a doctoral research fellow. Her research interests mainly focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching and its influence on adolescent English Language Learners. Her master's thesis was about the effects of school size on students' achievement in Public Schools in Urban areas. This is her second year serving on the GSIC. She is the current GSIC chair.
Matthew Speno (

Matthew Speno is a second year Doctoral Candidate in the Transformative Leadership program at the University of New England. Matthew’s research interests include the benefits of a Career and Technical Education at the middle and high school levels.  He is interested in researching the high school diploma authorization practices developed by the Maine Department of Education, which do not include CTE schools/centers as authorizers.   Matthew is a Maine certified special education teacher specializing in specific learning disabilities and executive functioning.  
Stacy Hayden (

Stacy M. Hayden is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology: Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include equity in gifted programs and college honors students. Prior to the Ph.D. program at the University of Connecticut, Stacy taught gifted students and coordinated the Young Scholars Program in Alexandria City Public Schools. Virginia.  Stacy received her B.S. in Elementary Education (2012) from Radford University and her M.A. in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development (2016) from the University of Connecticut's Three Summers program.

Beth Perkins (

Beth Perkins is a second-year doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement program at James Madison University. Her research interests include emotions experienced during testing, scale development, and structural equation modeling. This is her first year serving on the GSIC.
Pam Peters (

Pam Peters is a third year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Connecticut.  Pam has dual focus areas: Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation and Gifted Education, Creativity, and Talent Development.  Her research interests center on issues of equity in both gifted education and measurement.  This is her first year on the GSIC.

Guher Gorgun (

Guher Gorgun is a second-year doctoral student and graduate research assistant in Educational Psychology and Methodology at University at Albany, SUNY. Her current research interests include scale development, item response theory, structural equation modeling, and optimizing rating scales.
Nikole Lynn Gregg (

Nikole Gregg is a second-year student in the Psychological Sciences, Quantitative Methods program at James Madison University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She will be beginning her PhD work in summer 2018. Her research interests include performance assessments, validity theory, response processes considerations as validity evidence, and the functionality of Many-Facets Rasch models.
Amanda Gorham (

Amanda Gorham is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her current interests include multivariate generalizability theory, psychological assessment, artificial intelligence, and rating scale analysis.  Amanda's dissertation research focuses the development of an improved, text-free, screening instrument for postpartum depression, informed by the lived experience of the condition. 
GSIC Call for New Members 
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students! Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC sponsored in-conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. New members are selected each year after the NERA Conference. For more information about get involved:

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