Adam Voight, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Urban Education
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Adam Voight is Director of the Center for Urban Education. He joined the faculty of Cleveland State University in 2014 in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations. He received his Ph.D. in community psychology from Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Voight works in partnership with urban schools, communities, and youth to create environments more conducive to the learning and well-being of young people, particularly those marginalized by structural forces like poverty and racism. In collaboration with these stakeholders, he provides expertise in community-engaged research, program evaluation, youth participatory action research (YPAR), and other applied research methodologies to understand how young people’s settings help and hinder their development. Through technical assistance, training, and organizing, Dr. Voight helps partners develop the capacity to create and advocate for programs, policies, and practices that promote learning and well-being. His community-engaged research and action has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Spencer Foundation. He has published his work in leading peer-reviewed education and psychology journals such as Educational Researcher, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. He was a high school social studies teacher and counselor.
Alexandrea Golden, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Urban Education
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Alexandrea Golden is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Urban Education. She completed her doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Dr. Golden's research focuses on factors (e.g. peer support, school contextual factors, etc) that directly and indirectly contribute to the positive adjustment of youth experience contexts of risk. Additionally, Dr. Golden has a strong interest in prevention science and identifying ways to bridge the gap between research and practice for under-resourced populations. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed education and psychology journals such as Psychology in the Schools and the Journal of Black Psychology.
Research Assistant, Center for Urban Education
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Steven Sanders is a research assistant at the Center for Urban Education. He received his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology and his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at Alabama A&M University and is a fourth-year student in the Urban Education doctoral program at Cleveland State University. Mr. Sanders teaches psychology at the undergraduate level and cultural and social foundations of counseling at the graduate level. His research concerns such topics as personality theory, internalized racism, perceived social support, impostor phenomenon, and racial dimensions of depression, anxiety, and academic achievement. He has practiced clinically with with children suffering from sexual trauma and drug addiction at the Nova Center in Huntsville, Alabama and conducting disability evaluations and intelligence testing at Longwood Psychological Center also in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Sanders is originally from Dayton, Ohio.
CSU-CMSD Policy Research Fellow
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Laura Fogarty is the CSU-CMSD Policy Research Fellow. She received a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University (CSU) and is a fourth-year student in the Urban Education doctoral program at CSU with a specialization in counseling psychology. Her research has examined diversity in academia, patterns of local housing discrimination, and childhood attachment style. Through her fellowship, she has been engaged in a variety of projects with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), including research on grade banding and school calendar configurations, locating external evidence and evaluating student outcomes for programs that partner with CMSD schools, and helping to create a portfolio outcomes dashboard to assist principals in more efficient decision-making. Ms. Fogarty looks forward to continuing her work through this partnership and becoming more engaged with the district, the Urban Education program, and the Greater Cleveland community.