Conference Planning Committee

This conference was created for graduate students by graduate students from the University of Delaware (in the U.S.), the University of Tubingen (in Germany), and the University of Patras (in Greece). After eight months of planning across seas, we are excited to bring you this conference experience, filled with practical skills for the real world that we hope will be useful in your current program and beyond. We look forward to getting to know you!


Kathleen McCallops

Conference Steering Committee

Kathleen McCallops is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication from St. Lawrence University in 2014, she spent two years as a College Access Advisor in the Cleveland Public Schools. As an advisor, Kathleen provided students with information and resources to help them navigate the college process. Kathleen’s research continues to focus on youth as she is interested in the mental health and educational outcomes among youth and families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.


Cory Gilden

Conference Steering Committee

Cory Gilden graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 from the University of Delaware, where she returned to earn her master’s degree in Education in 2006. Currently working on a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware, Cory’s studies focus on relationships between families and schools, with a particular concentration on families with children in special education. Her current work centered around parent participation on the IEP team is inspired by her school-age son, Casey, who has autism. Cory has been an elementary school educator, coalition director, journalist, curriculum writer, and parent mentor. She works closely with organizations such as the Parent Information Center of Delaware, Talk About Curing Autism, and Autism Delaware promoting awareness and advocacy for people with disabilities.


Ginnie Sawyer Morris

Conference Steering Committee

Ginnie Sawyer Morris is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Delaware. As a community-based researcher, Ginnie is dedicated to supporting underserved communities both directly and indirectly through the use of community-based mixed methods and program evaluation research. Her research interests include: 1) partnering with communities to investigate contextual factors that influence behavioral health at the individual-, family-, and community-levels, and 2) using evidence- and community-based research to inform social policy and practice across the sectors of education and public health. Her current research is based in addiction recovery. Under the supervision of her adviser Jennifer Carrano, Ginnie is working on a project in partnership with atTAcK addiction and Limen House (two Delaware-based community organizations) to examine the factors that facilitate substance use disorders recovery among individuals living in recovery residences.



Karoline Mikus

International Planning Committee

Karoline Mikus is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the LEAD Graduate School and Research Network of the University of Tübingen. She received her Bachelor and Master degree in sociology from the University of Mannheim. Karoline’s research focuses on social inequalities in children’s (non)cognitive skills and educational performance. Currently, she examines the role that children’s leisure time activities play in producing those inequalities. Her research is mainly quantitative in nature, involving among other things longitudinal structural equation modeling.


Marina Pumptow

International Planning Committee

Since May 2017 Marina Pumptow has been working on her Ph.D. in Sociology at the Chair for Economic Education and the LEAD Graduate School and Research Network at the University of Tübingen. Her current research focus lies on a project concerning self-efficacy expectations and digital media use among university students, which is part of the joint project “You(r)Study”( Concerning this, she is participating in the development of a survey instrument to be used for a quantitative measurement of students’ study related attitudes, emotions, motives as well as socio-economic background. The collected data and results will provide the basic material of her doctoral dissertation on the subject of contemporary ways of studying, especially with regard to the use of digital media in higher education.



Isabelle Fischer

International Planning Committee

Isabelle Fischer completed her Bachelor’s studies in Sociology at the University of Mannheim in 2011 and began the university’s Master’s program in Sociology in August 2014, specializing in Social Psychology and Methods of Empirical Social Research. Supported by a joint scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Mannheim, she spent the first two semesters of her Master’s at the Indiana University Bloomington. Her dissertation, which she started in October 2016 at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network in Tübingen, aims at investigating the consequences of several trends that could recently be observed in Western societies: increasing relationship instability, increasing use of formal child care and increasing father involvement in children’s upbringing.


Angeliki Kokkosi

International Planning Committee

Angeliki Kokkosi has studied Educational Science and Early Childhood Education at University of Patras. She holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.), Natural Sciences Didactics: Curriculum, Evaluation and ICT in Education. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education of the University of Patras. Her main research interests and publications lie in the area of Educational Psychology. From 2016 until now she works as a teacher in the Public Institute of Vocational Training in Greece.


Dr. Andromahi Filippidi

International Planning Committee

Andromahi Filippidi is a preschool educator and a researcher. She holds a PhD, a Master of Science (M.Sc.), Natural Sciences Didactics: Curriculum, Evaluation and ICT in Education and a degree from the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education from the University of Patras. Her main research interests are blended learning, teaching and learning, educational programming and robotics. She participates in a number of projects relevant to the e-learning and blended environments and the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education.


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