UCI Department of Education
Melissa Powell

Melissa Powell Callaghan

Ph.D. Student
School of Education

Email: mpowell2@uci.edu


Biography

Melissa Powell is a doctoral student at UC Irvine’s School of Education specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). She received her B.A. in Psychology, with high honors, at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). As a McNair Scholar, she conducted multiple studies examining identity development and environmental impacts on willpower at CSUMB, UCLA, and Stanford University. At UC Irvine, she received her M.A. in Education, with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development.

Her recent research examines how technology (especially digital games/apps) can be designed to effectively teach young children.


Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2014)
  • UCI Campus-Wide Graduate Opportunities Fellowship

Invited Talk

Powell, M. (2014). Graduate school unfolds. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center, California State University, Monterey Bay, CA.


Paper Presentations

Reyes, M., Powell, M., & McDaniel, A. (2016). Tracking Students’ Pathways to Male- and Female- Dominated STEM Careers: The Influence of Career Expectations, Math Course-Taking and Self-Efficacy. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.


Oral Presentations

Powell, M. & Firek, K. (2014). Family use of sarcasm and teasing and its relation to bullying experiences. Social Science Research & Instructional Council Student Research Conference, California State University, Fullerton, CA. 

Powell, M. (2013). Examining Girls Inc. College Bound and SMART curriculum. University of California, Irvine, UCI’s Summer Research Program Symposium, Irvine, CA. 

Powell, M., Haimovitz, K., & Walton, G. (2013). Private speech: A strategy to delay gratification. California State University, Monterey Bay, Senior Capstone Presentation, Monterey, CA.

Powell, M., Haimovitz, K., & Walton, G. (2012). Willpower: Using private speech to delay gratification. Leadership Alliance National Symposium, Hartford Convention Center, CT.

Powell, M., Park, H., Manago, A., Greenfield, P., & Dyer-Seymour, J. (2012). Familistic and individualistic values within families of emerging adults across cultures. California State University Student Research Competition, California State University, Long Beach, CA.


Poster Presentations

Powell, M. & Reich, S. (2016). Designing educational games that preschoolers can truly learn from. SRCD’s Technology and Media in Children’s Development Conference, University of California, Irvine.

Powell, M., Reich, S., Burciaga, E. (2015). Fostering classroom community through student disclosures in college readiness programs. Society for Community Research and Action Conference, University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA. 

Powell, M., Reich, S., Burciaga, E. (2014)."‘I’m freaking out!" Student disclosures in college readiness programs. UCI School of Education 2014 Poster Presentations, University of California, Irvine, CA

Powell, M., Park, H. Manago, A., Greenfield, P. (2012). Familistic and individualistic values within families of emerging adults. Western Psychological Association Conference (WPA), Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA.

Powell, M., Park, H. Manago, A., Greenfield, P. (2012). Familistic and individualistic values within families of emerging adults. Graduate Division Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.