Learning Sciences & Human Development

Mónica Zegers Larrain

Mónica Zegers is a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Education program at the BSE. She was born and raised in Chile, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a professional degree in Clinical Psychology, both at Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. She later worked for two years as a therapist for children with developmental and learning disabilities while completing a graduate diploma in Pediatric Neuropsychology. From 2014 to 2020, Monica worked as a researcher at the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley.

Her work focused on the evaluation of parenting...

Franklin B. Mejía

Franklin B. Mejía received a BA and a Masters in Education at the University of California, San Diego and is currently a 4th year graduate student in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is finalizing his third prequalifying paper and is studying for his oral qualifying examination to advance to candidacy. His areas of expertise include talent development, cultural identities, Latinx education, teacher effectiveness, and Latinx legal court cases involving school segregation/desegregation efforts.

Clare Parker

Parker is a doctoral candidate in the Cognition and Development cluster at the School of Education. Parker's research interests lie at the intersection of education policy, teacher education, and transformational justice. She is currently conducting dissertation research on preservice teachers' judgments on school discipline practices.

In addition to her research, Parker has taught undergraduate courses on the politics of education inequality, and currently holds a position with Cal Teach, a program that prepares undergraduate STEM majors for K-12 classroom...

Allison Bradford

Allison Bradford is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Cluster within the School of Education. She received her BS in Physics from the University of Maryland, and was a high school math and science teacher before attending graduate school.

She currently engages in design-based research in partnership with teachers from several Bay Area school districts. Her current research is centered on teacher customization of middle school science curriculum in response to their students’ ideas and learning needs. Her studies focus on teacher...

Meg Everett

Meg Everett is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. Her research interests include student literacy practices, participatory technologies, computer-mediated learning and communication, and the intersection of schooling and social media. As a Regent’s Fellow at UC Berkeley under the mentorship of Professor Glynda Hull, she has worked as a fieldwork coordinator for ED140 (The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World) and currently sits on the Student...

Meg Escudé

Meg Escudé is a phd student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster. Her research engages community-based afterschool educators in the co-development of liberatory learning experiences for young people. Meg has over 12 years of experience as an educator and program director in which she worked to create out-of-school learning environments that honor the diverse ways in which non-dominant children and youth express their brilliance, particularly in work that intersects STEM, cultural practice, and art.

Specializations and Interests

Participatory...

Ratih Ayu Apsari

Ratih is a first-year PhD student in the cluster of Learning Science and Human Development (LSHD) and is interested in embodied cognition, design-based research, ethnomathematics, cultural funds of knowledge, and cross-cultural epistemic diversity.

She obtained her BA from Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha (Bali, Indonesia), MSc from Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands) & Universitas Sriwijaya (Palembang, Indonesia), and MA from Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha (Bali, Indonesia). Prior to her attendance as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, she taught for five years as a...

Bowen Wang

Bowen is passionate about promoting the crucial role of input in learning a foreign language, that is, reading/listening to/watching what fascinates the learner in large amounts. He hopes to bridge the gap between research and the language learning/teaching practice by translating research-based best practices to curriculum design and content development. He is also interested in using his skills in experimental design, data analysis, and psychometrics to evaluate and improve language/literacy education technology.

He values promoting understanding between people from different...

Kelly Billings

Kelly is a first-year doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a former science teacher in Oakland, Calif., Kelly’s work is deeply informed by her teaching experience and former students. Her research interests include STEM teacher education, science curriculum development, and teaching science through a critical lens. Kelly received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California, and her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. She then taught in the Oakland Unified School District for four years, and in the second half of her...

Zoe Silverman

Zoe Silverman is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences & Human Development at UC Berkeley. She is interested in object-based teaching and learning, embodied cognition, sensory studies, inquiry and interpretation in the arts, museum historiography, and joint attention. Her current project engages ethnographic methods and interaction analysis to explore the epistemic ideologies of emerging museum educators at a university art museum.

Zoe worked for more than a decade as an education specialist and program coordinator at a variety of arts and cultural institutions, including the...