Year Entered Program: 2020
Research Interests: Transformative Social Emotional Learning (TSEL); School-Prison Nexus; Educational Interventions; Implementation Science; Research-Practice-Community Partnerships
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Elise Cappella, Dr. Erin Godfrey, Dr. Shabnam Javdani
Natalie focuses on research in three, intersecting areas: (1) supporting educators to implement culturally responsive and trauma-informed social-emotional learning (SEL) interventions in school settings, (2) understanding the educational trajectories of young people impacted by the juvenile legal system and identifying strategies to support their own educational goals, and (3) investigating the processes and dynamics that shape partnerships between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in education. Natalie approaches her work through a practitioner-focused lens, informed by her time teaching preschool while completing her Bachelors and Masters at Wesleyan University.