School Psychology

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


Edwin Carlos

Edwin Carlos (He/Him) is a 1st year PhD student in the School Psychology program at the Graduate 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;...

Talia Leibovitz

Talia Leibovitz (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how white parents’ school choices for their children are informed and shaped by policy; notions of merit; colorblindness; neoliberalism; racism; and the social construction of race, focusing especially on the ways in which white parents construct, contest and reinforce school quality through dialogue and behavior. Talia is motivated by the following questions: How does school choice among white parents take...

Rose Cartwright

Rose Cartwright is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate 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 GSE 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’...

Maedeh Golshirazi

Maedeh Golshirazi is a PhD candidate in the School Psychology program at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Maedeh received her MA in Child Development from Tufts University, and BA in Psychology from Isfahan University, Iran.

Maedeh's research interests include social-emotional learning (SEL); school climate; and parental involvement in education. Particularly, she is interested in understanding how these factors may influence the development of children who are at risk and marginalized in society (e.g., immigrants; children with special needs; and children from low-...

Cynthia Valencia-Ayala

Cynthia Valencia-Ayala is a PhD candidate in the School Psychology program and a practicing school psychologist. Prior to coming to Berkeley and throughout her time in graduate school, Cynthia has worked to provide culturally relevant mental health services to youth experiencing carceral involvement, trauma, and institutionalized racism and poverty. She is most interested in producing research that decriminalizes non-dominant youth and re-conceptualizes the education system.

She currently studies youth perceptions of carceral practices in schools and the extension...