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MERIT Laboratory

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Olusola Adesope

Lab Co-Director

Olusola Adesope is an award- and grant-winning associate professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Washington State University-Pullman. Sola’s research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on:

  • The cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources;
  • Investigation of instructional principles and assessments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) domains.
  • Knowledge representation through interactive concept maps & diagrams,
  • The use of meta-analyses and systematic reviews for evidence-based practice and policy-making,

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Kira Carbonneau

Lab Co-Director

Kira Carbonneau is a graduate of the Educational Psychology program from the University of New Mexico. Her research examines issues at the intersection of cognitive theory and classroom application and includes interests associated with: cognitive principles of instructional methods, instructional manipulatives in early childhood education, mathematics education, executive functioning and self-regulation. Kira’s most recent research assesses the efficacy of manipulative-based instructional strategies within pre-K classrooms.

Dr. Carbonneau teaches courses related to learning theories, statistics, research methods, and quantitative methods.

 

Graduate Research Assistants

Samuel Aina

Samuel Aina is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Educational Psychology program at Washington State University. His background in education, training development and instructional technology informed his research interests. His research focus includes multimedia learning design and the science of instruction, teacher education reforms, evidence-based practices, meta analyses and data science.

Email: samuel.aina@wsu.edu

Dongni Guo

 

Email: dongni.guo@wsu.edu

 

 

Femi Johnson Sunday

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Email: oluwafemi.sunday@wsu.edu

 

Katie Reilly

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Katie is currently a doctoral student studying Educational Psychology. Her interests revolve around note-taking strategies and practices that can be influenced by environmental and social pressures in postsecondary education. She is an Academic Success Coach at Washington State University where she works with students to develop positive learning habits and strategies.

Email: km.reilly@wsu.edu

Dustin Van Orman

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Dustin Van Orman is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program and instructor of ED PSYCH 401: Classroom Assessment in the Elementary Education program in the College of Education. His research focuses on where and how adults can learn languages best, and how to evaluate language proficiency. He has B.A. degrees in European Studies: Linguistics & Spanish, and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, and an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China.

Email: dustin.vanorman@wsu.edu

 

Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program in the College of Education. Her research focuses on multimedia instructional design, learning strategies and techniques to enhance STEM learning at both middle school and college levels. She hopes to provide support to both educators and students within the classroom via her research.

Email: rachel.wong@wsu.edu