School of Education and Human Development Welcomes Thirteen New Faculty Members


Audrey Breen

Read more about the thirteen newest UVA School of Education and Human Development faculty members.

  • Allison Atteberry


    Allison Atteberry is an associate professor for the Education Policy Program within the School of Education and Human Development at UVA. She received her PhD in 2011 from the Stanford School of Education in educational policy analysis, with a minor in statistics. Atteberry conducts research on teacher- and school-level interventions designed to improve the quality of instruction experienced by historically underserved students. As a field, we are increasingly aware of how difficult it is to determine whether policies, practices, and interventions have the intended impacts, and so Atteberry approaches her work with a strong interest in what constitutes compelling evidence of causal effects in quantitative research.

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  • Brendan Bartanen


    Brendan Bartanen is an assistant professor in the department of Education Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a research affiliate of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA), a research-practice partnership between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education. His research aims to increase our understanding of the labor market for principals and teachers. In particular, his work examines the intersections among educator turnover, measures of effectiveness, high-stakes evaluation systems, and educator diversity. 

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  • Abby Fines


    Abby Fines is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the assistant director of the Lifetime Physical Activity (LPA) program where she manages the 30+ academic courses that equip students with sport-specific knowledge and skills to enjoy a physically active lifestyle. With a background in adaptive physical activity, Dr. Fines specializes in sport development for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities at various levels of play and competition. Her research examines how to provide equitable opportunities for participation of the physically different body in athletics across school and community settings.

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  • Jennie Grammer


    In January, Jennie Grammar will be joining the School of Education and Human Development as an associate professor in the educational psychology-applied developmental science program. Drawing on methods from psychology, education, and cognitive neuroscience, Grammer examines children’s cognitive development and instructional factors that contribute to this growth. With the goal of generating evidence to help teachers develop more equitable educational opportunities for their students, through my work Grammer characterize brain and behavioral changes in the cognitive skills that support learning, examine factors (e.g., emotions, motivation, and anxiety) that influence children’s cognition in the classroom, and explore the impact of school experiences on cognitive development.

  • Johari Harris


    Johari Harris is an assistant professor of education in the department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education. She examines how social identities, specifically race and gender, along with cultural values systems, like Afro-centric values, influence African American adolescents social-emotional competencies. Her research is grounded in intersectionality, developmental psychology, and social psychology theories. Her sequential, explanatory mixed method dissertation used an intersectional lens to examine if and how African American males’ race, gender, and cultural orientations influenced their pro-social behaviors.

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  • Wintre Foxworth Johnson


    Wintre Foxworth Johnson, a former early childhood teacher, is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she was named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) fellowship. Johnson’s scholarship lies at the nexus of sociocultural literacy studies, critical race scholarship, and civic pedagogies for young children. Her research has two primary aims: 1. to examine the relationship between teaching and learning in race-conscious and social justice-oriented elementary school settings, 2. to investigate the sociopolitical development of children from historically marginalized communities, with particular focus on Black children’s educational experiences and racial awareness.

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  • Traci Kutaka


    Traci Kutaka is research assistant professor in the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. Her research centers on early childhood care and education, with a special interest in mathematics teaching and learning. Through collaborative partnerships, she studies how to help prospective and in-service teachers of young children cultivate professional knowledge and habits of mind that support ambitious instructional practices. Her research also focuses on the development of children’s problem-solving strategies across multiple mathematical topic areas.

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  • Erin Moore


    Erin Moore is an assistant professor and the clinical education coordinator for the Master of Athletic Training in the Department of Kinesiology. Before coming to UVA, she was an assistant professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Moore’s research has focused on energy availability in relation to health and performance of athletes, including metabolic, physiological and psychological components.

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  • Ann Partee


    Ann Partee's research focuses on understanding and promoting classroom processes that support young children’s learning and development. She is interested in understanding the implementation of classroom-based interventions, particularly those aimed at enhancing teacher-child relationships and children’s social-emotional development. 

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  • Corey Rynders


    Corey Rynders is a research assistant professor of education in the Department of Kinesiology. An exercise physiologist by training, Corey’s research has focused on understanding the biological underpinnings explaining the vexing problem of weight regain following weight loss in adults with obesity. His current research attempts to understand how sleep and circadian physiology alter the regulation of body weight in the context of weight loss. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia (Education, 2012) after which he was a post-doctoral scholar and assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. 

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  • Shubhi Sachdeva


    Shubhi Sachdeva is joining UVA as a research assistant professor. Sachdeva graduated with a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin and specializes in early childhood education. Her experience in early education spans three countries, India, Taiwan, and the U.S. Sachdeva is committed to exploring young children’s and their families' experiences with schools with attention to how issues of power, oppression, and resistance determine what children and their families are offered in learning spaces. In her research, she pays attention to how curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom management practices are tied with modern democratic body politics and work towards inscribing children from marginalized communities as subpersons.

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  • Damon Swift


    Dr. Damon Swift is an associate professor of education in the Department of Kinesiology. His primary research interest is evaluating the effect of different exercise training programs on cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors. He is particularly interested in the impact of exercise on weight loss, weight maintenance and risk factors for heart disease in obese and health disparity populations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010 and completed an NIH postdoctoral training at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Preventive Medicine in 2013. Dr. Swift’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

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  • Cassie Turner


    Cassie Turner, Au.D., is an Assistant Professor serving as Clinical faculty in the School of Education and Human Development’s Department of Human Service’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. She holds a clinical doctorate in audiology from Gallaudet University and completed her audiology fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. She has experience conducting comprehensive audiologic evaluations, providing intervention, and performing specialty testing across the lifespan in English and American Sign Language. While she enjoys many aspects of audiology, her primary areas of interest include adult and pediatric diagnostics as well as hearing aid and assistive device evaluations. She has a particular interest in supporting language accessibility for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and holds a Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary certificate from the Infants, Toddlers, and Families program at Gallaudet University.

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