The Institute of Mixture Modeling for Equity-Oriented Researchers, Scholars, and Educators (IMMERSE)—a training grant to support education scholars in integrating mixture modeling into their research—has named its first cohort. This program, led by PI Dr. Karen Nylund-Gibson of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will provide education researchers with training on foundational skills in mixture modeling and in-depth support in the appropriate use of the modeling approach in their research.

The IMMERSE Fellowship program is a one-year fellowship experience aimed at supporting education researchers integrate mixture modeling to address critical research questions. Generally funded by the Institute of Education Studies (IES; R305B220021), selected fellows will receive in-depth training on how to use mixture models as well as one year of continued support to ensure fellows feel supported while engaging in their own research using mixture models. Virtual pre-training occurs in May 2023, while an intensive week of in-person training will take place at UC Santa Barbara in June 2023.

The 2023 cohort includes Dr. Angela Calvin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Jimena Cosso, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Samantha Coyle, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Montclair State University; Dr. Nneka Ibekwe-Okafor, Assistant Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies & Psychology, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Jerica Knox, postdoctoral fellow, National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Dr. Melissa Lucas, Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Ztisi Mirakhur, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Kentucky; Dr. Jill Rabinowitz, Assistant Scientist, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Monica Romero, Assistant Professor, School Psychology, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Angela Starrett, Research Associate, Child Development Research Center, College of Education, University of South Carolina; Dr. Christa Winkler, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Leadership, Mississippi State University; and Dr. Matthew Zajic, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University.

In addition to Dr. Nylund-Gibson, Professor in UCSB’s Department of Education, the IMMERSE team includes Co-PIs Dr. Marsha Ing, Associate Professor at UC Riverside, and Dr. Katherine Masyn, Professor and Associate Dean, Georgia State University, in addition to graduate student researchers Dina Arch and Adam Garber and graduate research assistant Honeiah Karimi, all of UCSB’s Department of Education

2023 Immerse Cohort