WCW Researchers

  • Amy Banks

    Director of Advanced Training, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute B.S., Tufts University; M.D., Georgetown University; Residency; Harvard University

    Directs the advanced training program at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at WCW, focusing on relational-cultural therapy in psychology and the neurobiology of connection.

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  • Nova Biro

    Co-Director, Open Circle B.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Stanford University

    Co-leads the Open Circle program at WCW which equips elementary schools with evidence-based curriculum and training to improve school climate and teach children essential social and emotional skills.

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  • Linda Charmaraman

    Research Scientist M.A., B.A., and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    Research interests include adolescent identity and agency, primarily in the areas of social and televised media, racial/ethnic identity, sexuality, bullying, peer relations, civic engagement, and positive youth development programs emphasizing girls and underrepresented young people.

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  • Rangita de Silva-de Alwis

    Senior Scholar LL.B, University of Colombo; LL.M. and S.J.D., Harvard Law School

    Works with networks of global institutions, civil society and government organizations to develop human rights initiatives.

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  • Sumru Erkut

    Associate Director, Senior Research Scientist BSc., Middle East Technical University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researches attributes of women leaders; racial and cultural norms and identity in youth and families; and adolescent development.

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  • Kristen Fay

    Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), Visiting Lecturer, Psychology Department, Wellesley College Ph.D., Tufts University, B.A., Wellesley College

    Visiting lecturer in the Psychology Department at Wellesley College. Fay is also part of a research time at NIOST who are evaluating the impact of afterschool and summer programs in diverse urban environments on youth learning and socio-emotional development.

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  • Ellen Gannett

    Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.Ed., Lesley College

    Directs the National Institute on Out-of-School Time @Wellesley Centers for Women focused on policy research, program evaluation, training, and consultation to out-of-school time industry professionals and field.

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  • Tracy R.G. Gladstone

    Senior Research Scientist A.B., Brown University; M.A. and Ph.D., Emory University

    Directs the Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at Wellesley Centers for Women, developing and evaluating programs to prevent the onset of depression and other mental health concerns in children and adolescents, with a focus on at-risk families.

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  • Jennifer M. Grossman

    Research Scientist B.A., Oberlin College; M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Boston College

    Researches adolescent development, racial, and ethnic identity, and sexual health and risk-taking. Current projects: evaluation of middle school sex education and investigation of culture and gender in family communication about sex.

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  • Georgia Hall

    Senior Research Scientist A.B., Duke University, M.A., Clark University, Ph.D., Boston College

    Directs national study of physical activity/healthy eating practices in out-of-school time programs; conducts evaluations of afterschool programs and edits the  Afterschool Matters  journal.

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  • Jean V. Hardisty

    Senior Scholar B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Researches conservative political thought, focused on social justice, women’s rights, and civil rights.

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  • Amy Hoffman

    Editor, Women’s Review of Books B.A., Brandeis University; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Edits Women’s Review of Books, providing unique perspectives on literary landscape with reviews of books by and about women.

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  • Emmy Howe

    Co-Director, National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum M.Ed., Lesley College, B.A., Yale

    Co-leads the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) at WCW, which engages teachers from all subject areas, grades, and types of schools to create gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed education.

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  • Judith V. Jordan

    Director, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute B.A. Brown University; M.A., Harvard University; PhD., Harvard University

    Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley Centers for Women and founding theorist and practitioner of relational-cultural-therapy (RCT); lectures, writes, and trains extensively on RCT and feminist psychology.

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  • Erika Kates

    Senior Research Scientist B.Sc.,London University; A.A. Dipl. Architectural Association, London; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Utilizes participatory research and case-study methods to research policies affecting low-income single mothers; research focus includes access to higher education for welfare recipients, and the family connections of female offenders and prisoners.

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  • Sari Pekkala Kerr

    Senior Research Scientist University Diploma, University of Kent at Canterbury; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Jyvaskyla

    Economist focused on researching the economics of labor markets, education, and families.

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  • Jean Kilbourne

    Senior Scholar B.A., Wellesley College; M.Ed. and Ed.D., Boston University

    Internationally recognized for groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Creator of the award-winning Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series, among other films and books.

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  • Nancy L. Marshall

    Associate Director, Senior Research Scientist B.A., Oberlin College; M.A. and Ed.D. Comparative Human Development

    Researches women and employment, with a focus on working conditions and health and on work-family systems, and studies child care policy and early care and education.

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  • Nancy MacKay

    Co-Director, Open Circle B.A., Elmira College

    Co-leads the Open Circle program at WCW which equips elementary schools with evidence-based curriculum and training to improve school climate and teach children essential social and emotional skills.

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  • Layli Maparyan

    Layli Maparyan

    Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana Studies B.A., Spelman College; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University

    Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women; expert on the womanist worldview and activist methodology.

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  • Peggy McIntosh

    Associate Director, Senior Research Scientist B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University

    Founder and co-director of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity); writes and lectures extensively on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.

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  • Sally Engle Merry

    Senior Scholar B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Explores the role of law in urban life in the United States, in the colonizing process, and in contemporary transnationalism.

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  • Laura Pappano

    Writer-in-Residence B.A., Yale College

    Investigates and writes on gender equity in sports and writes about K-12 education and higher education.

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  • Michelle V. Porche

    Associate Director, Senior Research Scientist B.A., University of California-Los Angeles; M.Ed. and Ed.D, Harvard University

    Studies academic achievement for young children and adolescents, examining implications and factors related to gender, race/ethnicity, mental health and other social-emotional influences.

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  • Joanne Roberts

    Senior Research Scientist B.A., New York University; M.A. and Ph.D., New York University

    Focused on evaluating policies and programs designed to promote the cognitive and social development of children and the well-being of women and families, with an emphasis on policies and practices regarding the field of early care and education.

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  • Wendy Wagner Robeson

    Senior Research Scientist B.S., Boston University; M.Ed., University of Houston; Ed.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on child development, early care and education, and school readiness, with a focus on policy implications.

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  • Nan Stein

    Senior Research Scientist B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A.T., Antioch College; Ed.D., Harvard University

    Directs several national research projects on sexual harassment, gender violence, and teen dating violence in K-12 schools; writes and lectures extensively on these issues.

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  • Allison J. Tracy

    Senior Research Scientist, Methodologist B.A., Humboldt State University; M.S. and Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    Specializes in latent variable and longitudinal modeling; collaborates with researchers at WCW, Wellesley College, and other institutions; occasional instructor of advanced workshops in methodology and guest lecturer.

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  • Maureen Walker

    Director of Program Development, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute B.A. and M.Ed., Mercer University; Ph.D., Georgia State University

    Directs program development for the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at WCW focusing on relational-cultural theory in the practice of psychology and within organizations.  She is also a director in the MBA Program at Harvard Business School.

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