School of Education
Jessica is a doctoral student in the School of Education specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). She received her B.A. in Biology, cum laude, from Truman State University. She also earned a M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies and MEd with emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Jessica worked at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) as a certified child life specialist for six years, providing children and families with education and support during their hospitalization. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on a variety of topics relating to child development and hospitalization as well as serving on a task force for the Child Life Council. Jessica is married with two young children.
Jessica's research interests include the effects of illness and treatments on academic success, peer development, and school connectedness. She is also interested in examining the relationship between motivation and chronically ill students to better understand what motivational factors these students utilize to handle school and their illness.