I am an educational psychologist who has a passion for helping learners and teachers through my research and teaching. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at Sookmyung Women's University in South Korea.
Before coming to Sookmyung Women's University, I worked with Dr. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia as her Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University under the supervision of Dr. Cary Roseth. My master's degree in Educational Psychology was received from Seoul National University in South Korea and my B.A. in Education and Korean Literature and Language (double major) was received from Yonsei University in South Korea.
My research interests focus on the impacts of different personal and contextual factors on students’ motivation, engagement, and academic achievement. I am especially interested in how the actual or implied presence of others (e.g., peers in classroom) influences students’ motivation to learn.