Research Team

Dr. Steve Elliot, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Steve Elliott studies the conceptual foundations of research design, the economics of research, and equity in science and higher education. For more information please see current CV.

Dr. Christine O’Donnell, Postdoctoral Research Scholar


Christine O’Donnell is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with a passion for understanding how the Universe works and sharing that knowledge with others. Her Ph.D. dissertation was a combination of research into galaxy formation leveraging the power of both observations and simulations and research into developing a framework for inclusivity-driven education in a general-education astronomy course. At ASU, she is working with both the Center for Gender Equity in Science & Technology (CGEST) and the School for Earth & Space Exploration (SESE) to continue developing, implementing, and assessing inclusive science education. Her new science curricula will explicitly include principles of cultural responsiveness and intersectionality in order to empower students to connect science with their personal identities.

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Alexis D. Faison, Graduate Research Assistant

Alexis is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University (ASU). Alexis also received her master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ASU. She is a proud North Carolina Native. Her clinical interests include working with transition-aged youth and adult populations with a variety of presenting concerns in both community and university college settings. Her research focuses on ethnic/racial identity development and minority mental health, with emphasis on African Americans. Alexis uses social justice and multicultural approaches to research and practice. In the future, Alexis aspires to a career in academia that will allow her an opportunity to focus on research, teaching, and mentoring. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and toddler.

Miracle Freckleton, Graduate Research Assistant

Miracle Freckleton obtained a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies and Sociology from Skidmore College. Miracle is currently continuing her education by pursuing a degree in Women and Gender Studies. Blackness, queerness, locality, embodiment, and intimacy are central to her research intterests. In her free time she is likely to be found frolicking in the sun with her puppy or baking.

Kai M. Kline, Graduate Research Assistant

Kai is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. He obtained his B.S. in psychology from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and his Master of Counseling degree from ASU. His research and clinical interests focus broadly on health disparities among gender and sexual minorrities. Specifically, he is interested in how experiences related to being transgender/gender non-conforming affect various aspects of romantic relationships and overall mental health.

Luis Marquez, Graduate Research Assistant

Luis Marquez is a Master of Counseling student at ASU. Born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada, Luis received his B.S. in psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for CGEST. His research interests include uncovering barriers to Black women participating in STEM as well as the impact of multiple sources of inequality on Black LGBTQ members. Luis is a published author and his work has been included in XulaNexus.

Shalini Vijayaraghavan, Barrett College Fellow Volunteer

I am Shalini! I am currently a Junior at Barrett the Honors College at ASU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Global Health. I am on a pre-med path and looking forward to a career in medicine. Other than school and research, I love to listen to music, read books, watch Sci-fi movies, and sppend quality time with my family.

Rachel Ware, Barrett College Fellow Volunteer

Rachel is working with the center on the i3/CompuPower grant. She is a junior studying Computer Science. She has an interest in teaching computer science and STEM topics to children in underrepresented groups. Through her own experience of discovering the ability to study engineering in high school as a woman of color, she is invested in others having the chance to try STEM in an encouraging environment. CGEST works to provide the types of opportunities and research that support these aims.