Center for Urban Education

Staff

 
Adam Voight, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Urban Education
Adam Voight​​​​​​​

Julka Hall 384
Phone: 216-687-5437
Email: a.voight@csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

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
Alexandrea Golden

Julka Hall 379
Phone: 216-687-9778
Email: a.r.golden@csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

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.

 

Steven Sanders
Research Assistant, Center for Urban Education
Steven SandersJulka Hall 379
Phone: 216-687-9778
Email: s.m.sanders@csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

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. 

 

Xiaona Jin
Research Assistant, Center for Urban Education
Xiaona Jin

Julka Hall 367
Phone: 216-687-9778
Email: x.jin23@vikes.csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

Xiaona Jin is a research assistant at the Center for Urban Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Yangzhou University in China and is a second-year student the Urban Education doctoral program at Cleveland State University. Ms. Jin's research interests include school climate, Chinese language teaching and learning, online teaching and learning. She has worked in the education field in both China and the U.S. as a college Chinese instructor, international culture exchange program manager, and pre-K Chinese teacher. ​​​​​​​

 

Sophia Elliott
Research Assistant, Center for Urban Education
Sophia Elliott

Julka Hall 367
Phone: 216-687-9778
Email: s.m.elliott26@vikes.csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

Sophia Elliott is a research assistant at the Center for Urban Education. She is a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology specialization of the Urban Education doctoral program at Cleveland State University. She earned her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University, her Masters of Education in School Psychology from Kent State University, and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Akron. Ms. Elliott's research interests include topics such as intersectionality, exploring the impact of oppression on university students' mental health, imposter phenomenon, and exploring the effectiveness of clinical strategies that emphasize client strengths and resiliency. She is a licensed professional counselor and recently completed a clinical internship at the Counseling Center at Kent State University, providing individual and group counseling services to students, staff, faculty, and community members. She has also provided counseling services to individuals struggling with addiction as a practicum student and clinician-in-training at Glenbeigh Outpatient Center.  

 

Sinéad O’Neill Gibson
Research Assistant, Center for Urban Education
Sinead O'Neill Gibson

Julka Hall 367
Phone: 216-687-9778
Email: s.gibson46@vikes.csuohio.edu
Fax: 216-687-5370

Sinéad O’Neill Gibson is a research assistant at the Center for Urban Education. She is a first-year student in the School Psychology graduate program at Cleveland State University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in modern dance performance from the University of the Arts. A yoga and meditation teacher since 2013, Sinéad’s research interests center around schools as spaces to promote community, life skills, and overall wellbeing. In considering the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), she is interested in empowering students through social-emotional, transformative, and experiential learning and how climate and protective factors influence academic and long-term health outcomes. She has been teaching K-12 students yoga in the Cleveland area with ZENworks Yoga since 2020. ​​​​​​​