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Research Support Staff

Mackenzie allen

mackenzie allenMackenzie Allen is a third-year undergraduate student studying Criminology and Psychology through the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is currently a research assistant for the Marsico Institute working on the migration to Kaltura.







Jaclyn bauer

jbauerJaclyn Bauer is a Research Assistant with the Marsico Institute working on STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Childhood (STEMIEE) and Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories ([LT]2). She graduated from DU's Morgridge College of Education with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2018 and has been working in the field of special education since 2015. Having held a variety of roles in a variety of educational settings, Jaclyn has supported children of all abilities with behavioral, academic, and social-emotional needs. Prior to becoming a teacher, Jaclyn worked as a vendor in Chicago Public Schools providing mindfulness and movement classes to young children. Since then, she has presented at a number of conferences on the benefits of mindfulness, movement, and meditation for children with disabilities. In her free time, Jaclyn loves to write, bike, hike, read/listen to audiobooks all the time and anytime, and sew her own clothes.

Victor Carrasco

Victor CarrascoVictor Carrasco is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program and a graduate of New Mexico State University's master's program. Victor has worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health services. His past research has focused on social determinants of health, Latina/o populations, masculinity, integrated behavioral health, and burnout in the medical field. Victor has worked in the k-12 school system as a counselor. At New Mexico State University, Victor taught undergraduate classes in multiculturalism, introductory counseling, and freshman seminars. At the Marsico Institute, Victor has been a part of the Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories [LT]2 project. Currently, Victor is a member of the Arithmetic Strategies project.

Luke clements

luke clementsLuke Clements is a Research Assistant with the Marsico Institute. He is working on 508 compliance videos for the LT2 website. He is majoring in cybersecurity. He enjoys mountain biking, video games, and playing guitar.









Menglong cong

Menglong CongMenglong (Jason) Cong is a second-year doctoral student in the Research Method and Statistics at the University of Denver and is currently a member of the team working on the Evaluating the Efficacy of Learning Trajectories in Early Mathematics project. Menglong holds a B.S. degree in Applied Psychology and a M.A. degree in Educational Psychology. During his educational psychology graduate program, Menglong worked for two years as an Evaluation and Research Assistant at a program evaluation center at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, he has served as a clinical psychological counselor and special educator in China. His research interest includes student achievement in higher education, international students' acculturation, and program evaluation in higher education.

Yixiao dong

Yixiao DongYixiao Dong is a 5th year doctoral student in the Research Methods and Statistics program at the University of Denver. He holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology and an M.A. in Educational Psychology. Yixiao's research interests include test fairness of educational assessments, measurement validity, and personality of children and adolescents. He likes fishing, cooking, and e-sports. Before Yixiao came to DU, he worked at a charter school with a full-inclusive program at Denver Public School district. He is currently working on the DREME project


Grant goble


Grant Goble is a recent Ph.D. graduate in the Curriculum and Instruction program. Grant holds a M.Ed. in secondary education and was a high school theatre teacher and director in Texas prior to pursuing his Ph.D. Grant's dissertation research was a case study on the impact of participation in a high school theatre arts program on students' academic and non-academic outcomes. Grant's research interests are on arts education, theatre education, and using theatre arts outside of the theatre arts classroom. Grant is currently working with the LT studies project.


zoe henderson

zoe hendersonZoe Henderson is a first-year International Human Rights graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Affairs at the University of Denver. She received her BA in English Literature and Theory with a minor in Environment and Sustainability from Western Colorado University. Zoe has been an English tutor, newspaper editor, and museum curator's assistant. She enjoys indoor plants and rock climbing. Zoe is currently working as the marketing and communications assistant for the Marsico Institute. 




Erin Jamieson

erinErin Jamieson joins Marsico as a Research Assistant. Erin has supported research and
evaluation initiatives in education in the Denver area for over ten years, with an emphasis on early childhood. She has supported quality data collection in a range of community projects, including the Denver Preschool Project, Clayton Early Learning, and Marsico's Evaluation of Learning Trajectories in Early Childhood. Currently, she is helping to improve the accuracy of translated material with STEMIIEE. She is also a mom to two great kids, manager of a busy household, and just recently mastered the art of the homemade bagel.


Austin Jentzsch


Austin Jentzsch is a first-year graduate student studying International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Affairs. He is from Minneapolis, MN, and received his BA in Political Science and International Relations at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. He enjoys hiking and hockey. In Austin's past time, he helps coach youth hockey and trains young goaltenders. He is currently a research assistant at the Marsico Institute working on the VIQI C4L and REMA projects.






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