Research Coordinators | Overview
|Gina Schnur, EdM
Gina received her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Human Development and Psychology and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. Her research interests have broadly focused on social-emotional skills, executive function, and teacher-student relationships with the hopes of informing education policy and promoting equity in early childhood education. Gina worked as a postgraduate associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence researching the associations between classroom quality and school readiness in preschools. During this time, she worked directly with educators and families as she explored the efficacy of a systematic approach to teaching emotional intelligence in preschool classrooms. Previously, she worked at Boston Children’s Hospital researching the development of children with rare neurogenetic disorders and piloted a research study exploring the efficacy of home-based video recordings. As an undergraduate Gina was a research assistant in the Children’s Emotions Lab at Virginia Tech studying self-regulation and emotion coaching in young children and worked as a teacher’s aide in preschool classrooms. She is excited to be working in the Faja Lab as a coordinator for the IDEA study and is particularly interested in how the study’s findings can inform future interventions, particularly in school settings.
|Matthew Armstrong, MS
Matt has returned to the Faja Lab after successfully completing a master's degree in Biomedical Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences is from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. Matt is currently taking classes at UMASS Boston with the goal of becoming a physician assistant. Matt’s research interests include the role that autism plays in dating and developing quantitative measures of how an autism diagnosis can affect relationships. As a graduate student in the Faja Lab, he played a pivotal role in writing the CRUSH curriculum, which aims to support the development of dating skills and sexual health and is excited to help with its initial pilot testing. Matt will also be working on the KISS project which seeks to develop tasks for autistic adults to measure their sexual health. He will also support the L16HTHOUSE Study and ABC-CCT. Matt recently hiked Franconia Notch in New Hampshire where his photo was taken on top of Mount Lafayette, the tallest mountain he has hiked. Aside from hiking, Matt also enjoys listening to the Boston Symphony, swimming at the Harvard Pool and surfing over the summers on Cape Cod.
Doo-yun graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University, where she studied infant facial emotion processing as an intern for Dr. Nelson here at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN). After graduating, Doo-yun contributed to research in the Family Studies Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance examining stress-hormone responsiveness and brain morphology between infants and mothers with trauma history. Doo-yun discovered a profound interest in data science during her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania within the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) VISTA program, where she conducted analyses to identify and redress structural inequities in service delivery/access in state-based systems for families of victims of homicide and advanced data justice initiatives for the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP). She is thrilled to be back in Boston at the LCN to explore her interests in neurodevelopment, and to continue her work as a Crisis Counselor/Medical Advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Doo-yun spends most of her free time laying down but also enjoys cooking, yoga, basketball, thrifting, making art, going outside, and trying new things.
|Aiko Jones, EdM
Aiko graduated from the University of Southern California (fight on!) in 2020 with two Bachelors of Arts degrees, one in psychology and the other in East Asian languages and cultures. She is currently a master’s student in the Mind, Brain, and Education (also known as educational neuroscience) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time as an undergraduate, Aiko had many experiences involving the intersection of language, education, and psychology. While studying abroad in Japan, she designed and taught English language learning activities for children with developmental disabilities. She is interested in further exploring the intersection of language, education, and the brain sciences and is excited to be able do this in the Faja Lab. She hopes to one day inform educational practice with robust research and help bridge the gap between researchers and educators. In her spare time, Aiko enjoys doing yoga with her partner, studying languages, drinking tea, and watching videos of her favorite YouTuber saving kittens.