Stella Jackman-Ryan, a Fulbright Laspau Award recipient, joins the NC State College of Education as a doctoral student in educational psychology. The Fulbright Laspau Award, affiliated with Harvard University and sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and foreign countries.
Jackman-Ryan is an international student from Trinidad and Tobago and will study under Fulbright Scholar and NC State College of Education Associate Professor Margaret Thomson throughout her doctoral work. Her professional experience includes facilitating student mental health services as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago and serving as a part-time teacher for 10 years.
Her research focuses on investigating motivational aspects among teachers and students. She is interested in the assessment and enhancement of teacher motivation strategies to impact students’ psycho-social functioning and promote self-determination, academic volition and classroom engagement in preadolescent and early adolescent students.
Jackman-Ryan earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and clinical psychology, respectively, from the University of the West Indies.