Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Year entered Program: 2020
Research Interests: Indigenous languages and communities, the intersection of culture, language and STEM
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Gigliana Melzi
Jessica's main research interests center around Indigenous communities and family practices, and the intersection of Indigenous culture, language, and STEM, with a particular focus on the Indigenous Quechua/Kichwa communities in South America & The United States.
Jessica holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology from The City College of New York. After completing her degrees Jessica spent 4 years as a Junior Research Scientist, both at New York University, and then at Teacher College, Columbia University.
Additionally, since 2015 Jessica has been the Assistant Director of The Quechua Collective of New York, a community organization whose mission is to preserve and diffuse the Quechua languages through workshops, cultural events, and educational programming.