About Me

Hi and welcome! My name is Kelsey Clayback, and I am currently in the third year of my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) at the University of Virginia. At UVA, I am working with Dr. Amanda Williford at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) on several research projects related to early childhood education. I am also a Dean’s Fellow, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) pre-doctoral affiliate fellow, and National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) fellow.

My program of research focuses on early childhood education and ways to promote young children’s social and emotional development in these settings. I am also interested in teacher well-being and beliefs with the goal of determining how to better support educators to facilitate positive outcomes for themselves and their students. In my free time, I love to read, travel, see live music, watch reality TV, and foster kittens with the SPCA.

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton and my M.Ed. in Clinical and Developmental Research from Vanderbilt University. At UD, I worked on research examining executive function, math skills, and classroom quality in preschool settings. At Vanderbilt, I worked on a variety of projects involving social and emotional development, early math development, and depression prevention. During my master’s, I also conducted independent research on teacher well-being, support, and discipline practices in early childhood education.