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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Education
BioErin F. Johnston is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program here at Stanford. She received her BA from Rutgers University (NJ), where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. Erin received her MA (2011) and PhD (2015) in Sociology from Princeton University.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of cultural sociology, social psychology, and the study of religion. While at Princeton, Erin used qualitative methods - participant observation and interviews - to analyze processes of socialization and initiation in three different religious communities: a Wiccan coven, a Integral Yoga Institute, and a Catholic prayer house. Her next major research project investigates the role of travel in personal development and self-(trans)formation, focusing on several US-based "gap year" programs. Erin also serves as a Research Associate for a NYC-based consulting firm, where she conducts research on the state of arts and culture funding for a variety of philanthropic foundations.
Erin has taught courses in cultural sociology and social psychology at Kean University (NJ), Bennington College (VT), and Princeton University (NJ). At Stanford, she will teach "Empathy," "Belief," and "Reading the Body."
A New Jersey native, Erin is excited to explore the bay area. In her free time, she loves to hike/camp, cook, crochet, and do yoga.
Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP
Professor (Teaching) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development) and, by courtesy of Pediatrics at the Stanford University Medical Center and, of Education
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Joshi's teaching and research focuses on increasing knowledge and effectiveness of school mental health, youth wellbeing, positive psychology, pediatric psychotherapy and medication interventions. Areas of study include: the therapeutic alliance in medical care, structured psychotherapy interventions, cultural issues in pediatrics, wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention in schools settings, and faculty development in graduate medical education.
Professor of Education, Emerita
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPoor Reading in Preterms: Neural Basis, Prediction, & Response to Intervention (with Heidi Feldman & Michal Ben Shachar). Five-year grant funded by NICHD, 2012-2017.
Effects of early elementary school instruction, and specific interventions, on literacy and language growth.
Longitudinal study of literacy development from preschool through first grade. Focus on classroom factors in 13 kindergarten and 13 first grade classrooms that affect growth across the years in children with different entering skill and language profiles.