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Jess Hennessey

Communications Manager

Jess Hennessey is the Communications Manager for the Mindset Scholars Network. Before starting with the Network she received her master’s in the Mind, Brain, & Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. While studying she worked in a cognitive neuroscience lab in Boston Children’s Hospital, focusing on a study of the development of inhibitory control. Prior to attending graduate school Jess taught elementary school in Chicago. She graduated with her BA from Clemson University in 2011.

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Haley McNamara

Research Associate

Haley McNamara is the Research Associate for the Mindset Scholars Network. She earned a BS (Hons) in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with her thesis exploring the intersection of psychology and learning in mathematics. Haley went on to graduate from a two-year fellowship in Improvement Science at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. While traditional research methods are necessary for understanding whether and how psychosocial interventions produce significant results, Improvement Science offers a framework for adapting interventions across myriad classroom contexts with reliability, at scale. Immediately prior to joining the MSN, Haley served as a Research Coordinator for the Carnegie Math Pathways Networked Improvement Community (NIC) where she managed multiple mixed methods, classroom-based studies related to applied mindset science.

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Shanette Porter

Research Director

Shanette Porter is the Research Director at the Mindset Scholars Network. Prior to joining the Network, Porter was a senior researcher at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, where her research and partnerships focused on understanding the role of schools in shaping students’ social, emotional, and motivational experiences. Her ongoing lines of research examine the relationships among structural inequality, economic disadvantage, and students’ academic and life outcomes. This work centers on addressing issues related to practical measurement, effective data use, and policy implementation processes. Dr. Porter completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research and the Department of Psychology, and earned a PhD in social and personality psychology from Cornell University, and a BA in psychology from Yale University.

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Lisa Quay

Executive Director

Lisa Quay is the Executive Director of the Mindset Scholars Network. Prior to her role with the Network, Lisa was a consultant specializing in strategy development and implementation, research and analysis, and business planning for non-profits and foundations. Lisa also served as a Program Officer for the Stupski Foundation, where she played a key role in creating its strategy to help students develop learning mindsets and skills. She has also held positions at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the Berkeley School of Law, The Bridgespan Group, and Mathematica Policy Research. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

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Chloe Stroman

Program & Policy Associate

Chloe Stroman is the Program & Policy Associate at the Mindset Scholars Network. Prior to joining the Network, Chloe was a grant writer at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to create hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for social-emotional growth among middle school students. She also completed an internship with the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program that supports college-age students in designing innovative solutions to pressing local and global challenges. Chloe earned her BA in English from Wellesley College.

The following contributors have authored content for the Mindset Scholars Network’s website and blog:

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Allison Master

Contributor

Allison Master received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Stanford University working in the Dweck/Walton lab. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington working with Sapna Cheryan and Andrew Meltzoff. Her research examines motivation, identity, and social cognitive development.

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Carissa Romero

Contributor

Carissa Romero is Co-Founder and Senior Adviser to the Project for Education Research That Scales PERTS, Stanford University.  She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Stanford University, where she worked with Professor Carol Dweck. Dr. Romero also serves as a consultant to the tech industry on how research on mindsets can be applied to increase diversity and inclusion in the sector.