Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Year entered Program: 2021
Research Interests: Bilingualism, STEM learning, Latine early learning experiences, learning through play
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Gigliana Melzi
Paola Montufar is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology Program at NYU Steinhardt under the mentorship of Dr. Gigliana Melzi in the Culture, Families, and Early Development (CFD) Lab. Broadly, she is interested in bilingual Latine children’s and families’ early STEM experiences, particularly describing practices and identifying culturally grounded tools that can be leveraged to support early STEM learning.
Paola holds a BA in Psychology with Honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). While at UTSA, she worked in Dr. Nicole Wicha’s lab examining the neuro-cognitive basis of how Spanish-English bilinguals process multiplication facts with electroencephalography (EEG). In addition, she worked with Dr. Guadalupe Carmona and Stanford PhD candidate Rosa Chavez examining teacher sensemaking of testing policies and its impact on classroom decision making. During her time at UTSA, Paola was also a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)-2 fellow, a research training program for underrepresented students in science.
Being passionate about increasing the support and representation of Latinas in science and academia, Paola has been part of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science since 2018, a national organization dedicated to achieving true diversity in STEM.