VEST Alumni

Learn more about our current VEST fellows on our website!

VEST fellows participating in either the 4-Year Program or 2-Year Program. The VEST 4-Year Program has graduate students from the School of Education and Human Development's Ph.D programs of either Education Policy or Educational Psychology-Applied Development Sciences. The VEST 2-year Program has graduate students later in their academic program from UVA's Department of Economics, Psychology Department, and/or Sociology Department.

Question & Answer Article Series

With over 75 alumni across education, economics, sociology, and psychology departments at UVA the VEST program has produced highly trained professionals who hold positions from postdoctoral scientists to education statisticians to assistant professors. Some of these alumni are profiled in this question and answer article series.

Alumna Reflects on Key Research Skills Gained at the School

Angie Henneberger is a 2012 graduate from the Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program.

Angie Henneberger, Ph.D. is currently a research assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the research director for the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, which is a state-wide repository of education and workforce data from Pre-K through K-12, Higher-Ed, and the workforce.


VEST Alumna Uses Training as Springboard for Future Work with Communities of Color

Riana Anderson is a 2015 graduate from the UVA Department of Psychology.

Riana Anderson, Ph.D. is currently a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader in the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) within the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division (APHD) at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this position, Anderson was a clinical and community psychology pre-doctoral fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine.


Anne CashAlumna, Anne Cash, Discusses Her Passion for Teacher Training and Current Research

Anne Cash is a 2010 graduate the Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program.

Anne Cash, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After graduation, she was a post-doc in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and then transitioned into a position as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Hopkins.


Eva Galdo, Ph.DFirst Ph.D Graduate in Education Policy Reflects on her Time at the School and in the Dual Degree Program

Eva Galdo is a 2015 graduate the dual degree Ph.D/MPP Program in Education Policy at the School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership.

Eva Galdo, Ph.D. is currently an associate education research scientist in the Standards and Review Office at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.


Maria Fitzpatrick is a 2008 graduate of the Department of Economics at UVA.

Maria Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Prior to Cornell University, Fitzpatrick held a post-doc position at the Stanford University Institute for Academic Policy Research for three years.


Alumnus Myles Durkee Discusses His Research on the Racial Experiences of Minority Students

Myles Durkee is a 2013 graduate from the School of Education.

Myles I. Durkee, Ph.D. is currently a William. T. Grant Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, and is transitioning to a post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan during the fall 2015.


Laura Brock, Ph.DAlumna Laura Brock Reflects on her Research Training at the School

Laura Brock is a 2008 Ph.D graduate from the School of Education.

Laura Brock, Ph.D is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston in the Teacher Education Department. Prior to attending UVA, Brock was a classroom teacher in Charleston.


Terri Sabol, a VEST Alumna, Answers Questions about her School Experience

Terri Sabol is a 2011 Ph.D graduate from the School of Education.

Terri Sabol, Ph.D is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Starting September 1st, 2014 she will transition into an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University.

Jennifer LoCasale-CrouchLoCasale-Crouch Discusses VEST and Why She Stayed at the School

Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch is a 2007 Ph.D graduate in the Risk and Prevention in Education Sciences program.

Dr. Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch is currently a research assistant professor at the Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the School of Education in Charlottesville, VA. Her research focuses on the supports and systems that influence children during their early school experiences, and how we can best enhance those experiences to support children’s social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive development. After graduation, LoCasale-Crouch continued in a post-doc position at CASTL before transitioning to a research scientist.

Erin Dunlop, Ph.DDunlop Answers Questions on her VEST Experience at the School and UVA Economics Department

Erin Dunlop is a 2012 Ph.D graduate from the Department of Economics at UVA.

Dr. Erin Dunlop is currently an education policy researcher at the American Institutes for Research, non-profit research think tank organization in Washington, D.C.


Wei-Bing Chen, Ph.DVEST Alumni, Wei-Bing Chen, Answers Questions on her School Experience

Wei-Bing Chen is a 2010 Ph.D graduate from the Applied Developmental Science program.

Dr. Wei-Bing Chen is currently an Early Childhood Researcher for the Center for Education and Human Services at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. After graduation, she worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the School of Education.