With over 200 research faculty, scientists and staff, CASTL is a collaborative and innovative environment focused on the latest research that improves teaching and learning from infancy to higher education.

CASTL Faculty

Julia Blodgett

Julia Blodgett

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical Psychologist
Margaret Burchinal

Margaret (Peg) R. Burchinal

  • Research Professor
Julia Jackson Cohen

Julie Jackson Cohen

  • Charles S. Robb Associate Professor
Jamie DeCoster

Jamie DeCoster

  • Research Assistant Professor
Jason T Downer

Jason T. Downer

  • Professor
  • Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Shereen El Mallah

Shereen El Mallah

  • Research Assistant Professor
Tanya Evans

Tanya Evans

  • Research Assistant Professor
David W. Grissmer

David W. Grissmer

  • Research Professor
Colby Hall

Colby Hall

  • Assistant Professor
Tara Hofkens

Tara Hofkens

  • Research Assistant Professor
Chris S Hulleman

Chris S. Hulleman

  • Research Professor
Karen Inkelas

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas

  • Professor of Education
Patricia Jennings

Patricia A. Jennings

  • Professor
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Program Director
Lieny Jeon

Lieny Jeon

  • Jane Batten Bicentennial Associate Professor
Jamie J. Jirout

Jamie J. Jirout

  • Associate Professor
Traci Kutaka

Traci Kutaka

  • Research Assistant Professor
Ann Partee

Ann Partee

  • Research Assistant Professor of Education
Robert C Pianta

Robert C. Pianta

  • Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education
Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Sara Rimm-Kaufman

  • Chair, Department of Education Leadership, Foundations and Policy
  • Commonwealth Professor of Education
Josipa Roksa

Josipa Roksa

  • Professor
Shubhi Sachdeva

Shubhi Sachdeva

  • Research Assistant Professor

Emily Solari

  • Edmund H. Henderson Professor of Education
Yoi Tibbett

Yoi Tibbetts

  • Research Assistant Professor
Khara Turnbull

Khara Turnbull

  • Research Assistant Professor
Virginia (Ginny) E Vitiello

Virginia E. Vitiello

  • Research Associate Professor
Jessica E Whittaker

Jessica E. Whittaker

  • Research Associate Professor
  • Director of Birth to Eight Initiatives
Amanda P Williford

Amanda P. Williford

  • Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education Associate Director for Early Childhood Education
  • CASTL Clinical Psychologist

CASTL Professional Research Staff

Jhonelle Bailey

  • Early Childhood Research Scientist
Sae Chapman

Sae Chapman

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Carlin Conner

Carlin Conner

  • Senior Research Scientist

Natalie S. Evans

  • Research Associate
Allison P Leach

Allison P. Leach

  • Research Scientist
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Ann Shargo Lhospital

  • Senior Scientist
Min Oh

Min Hyun Oh

  • Research Associate

Emily Robertson Bosch

  • Research Specialist
Christina Stephens

Christina Stephens

  • Research Associate

Lauren Thayer

  • EL-VEST Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie Waddell

Katie Waddell

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wanda Weaver

Wanda L. Weaver

  • Research Scientist
Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams

  • Professional Development Early Childhood Education Coach

CASTL Staff

Stephanie Adams

  • Lead ECE Content and Training Developer
Rinyka Belle Allison

Rinyka Belle Allison

  • Early Childhood Education Coach

Jissel Belinda Anaya

  • Research Scientist
Anna Ballantyne

Anna Ballantyne

  • Lab Manager, Educational Neuroscience Lab
Amanda Balsamo Doherty

Amanda Balsamo Doherty

  • Grants and Contracts Administrator

Andrea Barrett

  • Research Specialist Intermediate

Anna Josephine Barrick

  • Research Specialist
Golda Barrow

Golda Barrow

  • Project Manager

Janet Beaulieu

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach

Patricia E. Bennett-Wilhelm

  • STREAMin3 Early Childhood Coach

Rainey Blackwell-Bullock

  • Education and Outreach Specialist
Ang Blanchette

Ang Blanchette

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Kama Danielle Booher

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach
Terra Browne

Terra Browne

  • Motivate Lab Project Associate

Michele N. Burke

  • PALS Education and Outreach Specialist
Serena Bush

Serena Bush

  • Education and Outreach Specialist
  • Literacy Professional Development & Technical Assistance
Karime Cameron

Karime Cameron

  • CASTL Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Project Associate

Marcela Courtade Carlock

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Lingmei Cheng

Lingmei Cheng

  • PALS Senior Web Developer
Myra Childs

Myra Childs

  • Professional Development Early Childhood Education Coach

Leah Chilson

  • Project Management Associate
Lauren Condoluci

Lauren Condoluci

  • Early Childhood Education Content and Training Developer

Hayley Corey

  • Education and Outreach Specialist

Kelly Cush Hughes

  • Coordination and Outreach Specialist
Marie Cushing

Marie Cushing

  • Research Specialist

Laura Jo Darcy

  • Education and Outreach Director
Jenifer Davis

Jenifer Davis

  • Project Manager
Renee de Kruif

Renee de Kruif

  • Data Specialist
Jenn Donnelly

Jenn Donnelly

  • Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator

Monique Calderon Dotson

  • Postsecondary Pathways Director

Kasey Dye

  • Data Management Specialist
Caitlin Ellis

Caitlin Ellis

  • Early Childhood Education Project Manager
Anne Etten

Anne Etten

  • Education and Outreach Specialist

Natalie S. Evans

  • Research Associate
Jessica Fake

Jessica Fake

  • Senior Project Manager
Lauren Farina

Lauren Farina

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Michelle Francis

Michelle Francis

  • Senior Data Manager
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Cloe E. Frank

  • Research Specialist
  • Implementation and Research Coordinator
Jennifer Fry

Jennifer Fry

  • Early Childhood Coach

Callen Garrett

  • Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator

Michele A. Gay

  • Software Engineer
Laura C. Giessler

Laura C. Giessler

  • Education and Outreach Specialist

Jocelyn Gilchrist

  • STREAMin3 Implementation Specialist

Cassandra M. Godwin

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach

Michelle Gomes

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach
Allison Gray

Allison Gray

  • Senior Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist

LaNijah Grier

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Yin Gu

Yin Gu

  • Research Specialist
Christopher Gulla

Christopher Gulla

  • Manager, IT Applications Development
Brooke Haas

Brooke Haas

  • Project Associate
  • STREAMin3 Project Management Associate

Samantha Haigood

  • Research Specialist
Jamie Hammond

Jamie Hammond

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Dominique Harris

Dominique Harris

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Sarah Hawthorne

Sarah Hawthorne

  • Data Specialist
Laura Helferstay

Laura Helferstay

  • Research Specialist

Erin M. Highton

  • Project Associate

Anne-Marie Howard

  • Education and Outreach Specialist
Susan Hughes

Susan C. Hughes

  • Administrative Coordinator

Sharon Lorey Hung

  • Project Manager
Jenny Isaacs-Lowe

Jenny Isaacs-Lowe

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Janine Jakim

  • Data Specialist

Denise James

  • VLP Research Specialist
  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Brianna Jaworski

Brianna Jaworski

  • Project Management Associate
Pamela S Jiranek

Pamela S. Jiranek

  • CASTL Research Specialist
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Moira Johnson

  • Project Manager

Myia Johnson

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Lydia Jordan

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach
Grace Kegley

Grace Kegley

  • Project Manager
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Ryan D. Kiley

  • Senior Research Specialist

Benjamin King

  • Data Management Specialist
Katie Kinsella

Katie Kinsella

  • Communications and Outreach Specialist

Brian Kozuch

  • CASTL Finance Generalist

Natarsha B. Lee

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Alexis Lewis

Alexis Lewis

  • Project Management Associate
Daniel Lipscomb

Daniel Lipscomb

  • Research Specialist
Alison Lubin

Alison Lubin

  • CASTL Center Administrator
Sarah V. Lydic

Sarah Virginia Lydic

  • Senior Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Multimedia Developer
Marianna Lyulchenko

Marianna Lyulchenko

  • Research Specialist

Sharon Sarah Manana

  • ECE Content and Training Developer

Alicia Matho

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Genevieve Matthew

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Kate Matthew

Kate Matthew

  • Senior Project Manager
  • STREAMin3 Project Director

Keisha J. McClain

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach
Angel McCray

Angel McCray

  • VKRP Communications and Outreach Specialist
Jazmyn McGhee

Jazmyn McGhee

  • Early Childhood Education Content and Training Developer

Kelly McGuire

  • Multimedia Creative Professional

Katherine James McLemore

  • Instructional Coach, TeachSIM Lab
Laura McWhinney

Laura McWhinney

  • Senior Data Manager
Franny MeLampy

Franny MeLampy

  • Early Childhood Education Content and Training Developer

Hannah Frances Melton

  • Research Specialist
Ava Michael

Ava Michael

  • Project Coordinator
Kathy Neesen

Kathy Neesen

  • Research Scientist
  • Instructional Technology Director
Becky Newell

Becky Newell

  • LinkB5 Education and Outreach Manager

Lisa Nielsen

  • Early Childhood Education Coach

Vanessa Olivar

  • UVA Bilingual Data Collector
Hallie Parten

Hallie Parten

  • Research Specialist

Sandra Annette Patillo-Mason

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coach
Danielle Peacock

Danielle Peacock

  • Director of Program Management, ECE Virginia

Sanford Pliskin

  • Early Childhood Education Coach

Jessica Ponton

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Ashley Harden Reid

  • Research Specialist Intermediate

Brittany Rettig

  • Research Specialist

Yolanda Torres Richey

  • ECE Content and Training Developer

Melody Roberts

  • Administrative Coordinator

Jennifer Rofman

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Nathalie Rose

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Elise M. B. Rubinstein

Elise Rubinstein

  • Research Manager
Miriam Rushfinn

Miriam Rushfinn

  • Early Childhood Education Project Manager
Nina Rushing

Nina Rushing

  • Early Childhood Education Coach
Miranda Schirch Goldberg

Miranda Schirch Goldberg

  • Early Childhood Customer Service Specialist

Sarah Schroeder

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Tara L. Scott

Tara Scott

  • Early Childhood Education Project Associate
Matthew C. Semanik

Matthew C. Semanik

  • Multimedia and Web Developer

Autumn Shaffer

  • Project Associate

Kerry Abigail Shea

  • Research Specialist Senior

Amanda Sheehan

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Stephanie Shoby

  • Academic Program Advisor

Lauren Simmons

  • Research Specialist
  • LinkB5 Outreach Specialist
Lori Stahl

Lori Stahl

  • Communication and Outreach Specialist

Kacey Sterne

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Celeste Sumo

Celeste Sumo

  • Senior Project Management Associate
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Margaret Tamayo

  • Project Associate

Carolyn Taylor

  • Early Childhood Education Coach

Grace Therber

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Delaram Totonchi

Delaram Totonchi

  • Research Scientist
Jasmine Truong

Jasmine M. Truong

  • Research Specialist
  • EL-VEST Coordinator
Lisa Tyree

Lisa Tyree

  • Virginia Literacy Partnerships Education and Outreach Manager
Benita Voran

Benita Voran

  • Data Management Specialist

Alyssa Vukelich

  • Project Management Associate
Stephanie Walker

Stephanie Walker

  • Senior Instructional Design and Technology Specialist
Pat Watkins

Pat Watkins

  • StreamIn3 Coach
Octavia Wells

Octavia Wells

  • Senior Fiscal Technician
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Beth S. Williams

  • Virginia Literacy Partnerships Education and Outreach Director

Kara Williams

  • Project Associate

Solitia D. Wilson

  • Research Specialist Intermediate
Amy Wolford

Amy Wolford

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Julie Young

  • Education and Outreach Manager

Affiliated Faculty