Class of 2014

Certificate Program Alumni – Class of 2014CPRCert2014

Sara Couch, graduated with distinction in psychology, human development certificate, cum laude, Jacqueline Morris Fellow

Honors Thesis:  Self Regulation across the Transition to Middle School

Mentor:  Rick Hoyle, professor of psychology and neuroscience

July 2014 – present:  Early Childhood Education Teacher, Teach for America, New York, NY


Kaitlyn Ellett, double major:  economics and public policy (graduated with distinction in public policy), student representative to certificate program

Honors Thesis:  Two Systems of School Choice: Expectations, Decision-making, and Satisfaction in Chile and the U.S.

Mentor:  Clara Muschkin, assistant research professor of public policy

July 2014 – present:  Project Manager/Implementation Consultant, Epic Systems, Madison, Wisconsin


Kimberly Higuera, graduated with distinction in sociology, Latino Studies in the Global South certificate, Jacqueline Morris Fellow

Honors Thesis:  Language Brokering in First-Generation Chinese and Mexican American Women

Mentor:  Linda Burton, James B. Duke professor of sociology

2014 – January 2015:  Senior Research Aide, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University


Sandra Maragkopoulou, sociology major, cultural anthropology minor

Research Project:  Gender Differences in the Behavior of Preschoolers

Mentor:  Rebecca Bach, associate professor of the practice, sociology

Oct 2014 – present:  Preschool English Teacher, Ela Na Paixoume Preschool, Chalandri, Greece


Blake O’Connor, public policy major; Robertson Scholar, UNC-Chapel Hill; School Research Partnership, Duke

Research Project:  Best Practices for Assessing Social-Emotional Learning at the Central Park School for Children

Mentor:  Ben Goodman, research scientist, Center for Child and Family Policy

June 2014 – June 2015:  Apprentice Business Analyst, Public Consulting Group, Charlotte, NC

July 2015 – present:  Business Analyst, Public Consulting Group, Charlotte, NC


Carrie Thornton, psychology major, education minor

Research project:  Wealth comes with a Price: An Examination of the Development of Internalizing Disorders and Anorexia in Middle and Upper Class Elementary Children

Mentor:  David Malone, associate professor of the practice, Program in Education

June 2014 – present:  Psychologist’s Assistant, Gildea Forensic Psychological Services, Virginia Beach, VA