Our Team

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Ben Atzmon

Ben Atzmon received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Combined Studies from Richmond, the American International University in London before pursuing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research Interests: socioemotional learning, motivation theory, sociocognitive mechanisms, shared reality, role models, and failure.

Joshua Sterling Friedman

Josh received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Marketing from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he mainly studied what neuroscientists were learning at the time and how it applied to both disciplines. Since graduating in 2013, Josh has taught English, and Leadership classes on 5 continents. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research Interests: The impacts of social context on cognition, social modelling in the mind, and how failure affects these experiences.

Jinjin Wu

Jinjin Wu is currently pursuing her second Ph.D. in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from Shandong University, her Master of Arts in British and American literature from Shandong University, and her Ph.D. in American literature from Shandong University.  She conducted her post-doctoral research at Nankai University. She was a visiting scholar with the Department English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2013. She was a professor in the College of Foreign Languages at Shandong University of Finance and Economics before she arrived at Columbia University.

Research Interests: English education, teacher education, curriculum development, curriculum reform, qualitative research, narrative research.

Scott Lu

Scott previously taught high school math in California and in Beijing. He received a bachelor of arts in psychology at the University of Michigan, a master of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in cognitive science at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is interested in how culture, identity and upbringing influence child development.

Xinyu S. Pan

Xinyu S. Pan started her education career teaching in New York City public schools. She currently works for New York City Department of Education specializing in instructional coaching for teachers & school leaders and curriculum development & implementation in the areas of teaching & assessing 21st century skills. Xinyu received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and International Studies from Boston College, her Master of Education in Secondary Special Education from Hunter College, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Research Interests: curriculum development and reform, metacognition and self-assessment, 21st century skills development and student empowerment.

Yiran (Mirabelle) Du

Yiran Du received her Bachelor of Arts in English and International Studies, and a minor in International Economics and Trade from China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China. During undergraduate, she has an exchange semester at Barnard College. Yiran received her Master of Arts in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University before she pursued her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education from the same institution.

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