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SPSSI 2020 Conference Co-Chair



Laura Brady, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2016, where she worked as a post-doc from 2016-18 and a research scientist from 2018-19. Her research bridges the gap between psychological theory and everyday educational practice, with the goal of creating more equitable educational systems. She is particularly interested in how the cultural influences of race, class, and gender shape students’ and teachers’ experiences, practices, motivations, and outcomes. Using tools from social and cultural psychology, her work aims to create sustainable cultural change in educational contexts, eliminate achievement gaps, and enhance educational experiences for all students. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Raikes Foundation, and Yidan Prize.