Tiffany is an organizational psychologist and education scholar whose research interests were borne of her experiences as a student in both public and private schools in New York City, negotiating the balance of her privilege as an advancing scholar with challenges inherent to her life as a first-generation American living in a single parent home. Her work diagnoses and evaluates organizational issues in public colleges and universities serving other first-generation Americans (and first-generation college students), and is informed by her expertise across her prior and current fields of study: cultural politics, organizational theory, conflict management studies, and education policy and management. Engaging each of 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 systemic explanations for the stymied work productivity of employees in underresourced schools and educational organizations. The work is in service of a vision for our nation's public high schools, colleges, and universities as open systems within which teachers and administrators as professionals may benefit from strategic planning for staffing and retention, quality service delivery, organizational management, and systemic change.
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.