Tiffany is an organizational psychologist and education scholar whose research interests were borne of her contrasting experiences as a student in both public and private schools in New York City. Her work is informed by the process through which she negotiated the balance of her own privilege as an advancing scholar with challenges inherent to her life growing up as a first-generation American raised in a single parent home. It is also interdisciplinary, employing conceptual and theoretical tools from across her prior and current fields of study: cultural politics, social-organizational psychology, conflict management studies, and education policy and management.
Engaging these perspectives symbiotically, her research centers the professional work experiences of teachers and school support staff as they impact valued student outcomes - with a focus on social, cognitive, and psychological explanations for teacher effectiveness in underresourced schools serving students from low-income and other minoritized cultural communities. She is passionate about her vision for our nation's public schools, colleges, and universities as open systems within which teachers and administrators as professionals will benefit from strategic human resource management planning tools designed specifically for use in schools serving vulnerable student populations.
Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree at Georgetown University, where she majored in Culture and Politics and developed her first research project as an Honors Symposium student within the Department of Psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Social-Organizational Psychology degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also earned an Advanced Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Studies from the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Tiffany is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Culture, Institutions, and Society concentration strand at HGSE.