School Psychology

Frank C. Worrell

Frank C. Worrell received a BA and a Masters in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in School and Educational Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology. His areas of expertise...

Mercedes Zapata

Mercedes Zapata is a Lecturer in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Zapata teaches coursework related to psychopathology and adolescent development, and she provides consultation for community mental health and school-based practicum experiences. Dr. Zapata is a Licensed Psychologist in California as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and credentialed School Psychologist. She has practiced as a school psychologist in San Francisco Unified School District and Alameda City Unified School District.

Prior to receiving her PhD in Education (School Psychology), Dr. Zapata...

Anne E. Cunningham, Professor

Anne Cunningham serves as the UCB Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education. Known for her research on literacy and development across the life span, she examines the cognitive and motivational processes underlying reading ability and the interplay of context, development, and literacy instruction. Dr. Cunningham has been awarded several prestigious research fellowships from the National Academy of Education and the National Science Foundation, and she currently serves as principal investigator of Teacher Quality: The Role of Teacher Study Groups as a Model of...

Joshua Sussman

Joshua Sussman is a researcher at the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. His research examines the design, implementation, and effects of classroom and large-scale assessments; in particular those assessments that help teachers understand and support learning and development in early and middle childhood. He uses generalized latent variable modeling and hierarchical modeling in quantitative and mixed-methods studies.

Interests and Professional Affiliations


Rose Cartwright

Rose Cartwright is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education’s School Psychology program, where she earned her Personal Pupil Services (PPS) credential with a specialization in School Psychology. She works under the advisement of Professor Elliot Turiel – as well as other faculty in the BSE and Psychology Department – to explore how students with nonvisible disabilities reason about non-discrimination legislation and everyday issues of equity, access, and inclusion in educational spaces. Rose has also served as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and disabled students’ liaison in...

Nicole Faraci

Nicole is a third year PhD student in the School Psychology program within the School of Education. She graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Educational Psychology.

She is currently focusing her research on youth political engagement and equitable civics education; she is passionate about the intersection of research, practice, and policy in order to foster meaningful and empowering participation of young people in civic life.

Specializations and Interests

Civic Engagement, Civics...

Elaine (Hua) Luo

Elaine Luo is a 2nd year PhD student in the School Psychology Program at the School of Education. Prior to joining the BSE, Elaine received her MEd in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2020 and her BA in Education Sciences from the University of California Irvine in 2018.

Elaine's current research focuses on adolescents' ethnic-racial identity development under the influence of various entities in their ecological system and the impact of ethnic-racial identity development on their mental health and developmental outcomes.


Edwin Carlos

Edwin Carlos (He/Him) is a 1st year PhD student in the School Psychology program at the School of Education. He is a 2nd generation Filipino American from Renton, Wash., and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in psychology and a minor in education from Stanford University in 2020.

His research focuses on the role of ethnic/racial identity and ethnic studies on students' mental health and academic outcomes.

Specializations and Interests

Ethnic/Racial Identity; Mental Health; Ethnic Studies; Culturally Relevant Pedagogy;...

Quennie Dong

Quennie Dong is a first-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at UC Berkeley. Quennie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and minor in Education. She then attended Florida International University and received her EdS in School Psychology. During her time in south Florida, she worked with diverse students and families as a school psychologist intern in Broward County Public Schools.

Her current research interests relate to supporting and advocating for marginalized youth, immigrant families...

Viviane Chang

Viviane is currently a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley working under the supervision of Dr. Elliot Turiel. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and a registered psychological assistant. Her decision to enter school psychology started off from a simple thought that she wanted to make schools a safe harbor for children where they feel loved and welcomed, are supported to learn the skills needed to make healthy choices for themselves, to better cope with life challenges, and to care for one another’s well­-being.