Ellen Litkowski, PhD (former student)
COE Doctoral Dean's Research Fellow, Educational Psychology
In 2011, I received my BS from Duke University in Biology, with a second major in English. The year after I graduated I served with Literacy AmeriCorps in Palm Beach County. I worked in a preschool forESL students, where I created and implemented individualized lesson plans to increase my students’ English language skills. I also worked at an after-school program serving at-risk students, helping them to achieve at-grade reading levels. I worked for a year as a full-time Research Assistant in Dr. Renken's lab, where I learned a great deal about educational research. I am particularly interested in young child development, especially those children who are considered at-risk within the school system. My masters thesis project examined socio-emotional competency as a mediator of 4 year olds' inhibitory control on a social hypothesis revision task.