Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination

Dr. Steve Elliott,  Postdoctoral Research Associate 

(480) 965-6438

Steve Elliott studies the relations between science and society. He's especially interested in the conceptual foundations of research design, in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to study science itself, and in how people develop their capacities for scientific and computational thinking. At CGEST, he helps to mentor student researchers, to secure research funding, to design research, and to disseminate results to academic audiences. As a Flinn-Brown Fellow, he's also involved with Arizona civic leadership. For more information, see his Academia ProfileLinkedIn profile, and a current CV

Dr. Tara Nkrumah, Postdoctoral Research Associate 

(480) 727-6880

Tara was born in Chicago, Illinois. Most of her early adult life was spent in Texas and Tennessee before moving to West Africa. After seven years, she returned to the United States from Ghana to complete her PhD. She has 13 years of teaching experience in the United States and seven years in Ghana. Her ability to successfully teach science in diverse settings by population, culture, and class is attributed to years of teaching in U.S. inner city, urban schools, and overseas at the top international school in Accra, Ghana with over 60 nationalities. She has taught both high school level courses in Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Health, Algebra I and in middle school Comprehensive Science. She is well versed in teaching the Middle Years Program (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum as well as Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Mentored by her father and grandmother at an early age cultivated her passion in the field of science/STEM education. The conferred degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters in Education from Tennessee State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. Tara is energetic, disciplined and passionate about exposing students to the joys of science education through hands-on experiences that help them to bridge the classroom to their community and life.

Tara’s research agenda on science curriculum (leadership) development explores methods to increase the underrepresentation of Black women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM). Her current research on the pedagogical and theoretical development of science educators’ understanding and practice of engagement in science relies on poststructuralist perspectives, her extensive experience teaching science, and her exposure to qualitative research methods. Additionally, her training in anti-oppressive theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, supports her examination of how popular culture and sociopolitical discourse flow through entertainment media and frame public perception about science education and/or STEM careers, particularly for underrepresented groups.

Besides conducting research and presenting, she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, exercising, dancing, eating Indian food, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Lydia McInnes, Graduate Research Assistant 

Lydia is a first-year Gender Studies doctoral student in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She completed her BA in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lydia’s research interests include gaming, media, and culture studies, specifically how women and other minority groups are represented, portrayed, and barred from gaming and tech circles. She is also interested in violence prevention and bystander intervention work and where the tech and violence prevention realms intersect and overlap.


Chun Tao

 Chun Tao,  Graduate Research Assistant

(480) 727-9490

Chun is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. She holds a MS degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a BS degree in psychology from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Chun's research interests include examining disparities in marginalized individuals’ experiences in career and relationship contexts. Chun is passionate about empowerment of women and advocacy for gender equity in professional development opportunities.




Kai M. KlineGraduate 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 minorities. Specifically, he is interested in how experiences related to being transgender/gender non-conforming affect various aspects of romantic relationships and overall mental health.

Alexis D.FaisonGraduate 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.

Cimone Rogers, Barrett College Fellow Volunteer

 Cimone Rogers was born on the southside of Chicago, Illinois and moved to Phoenix when she was in seventh grade. She could not bear the heat of Arizona, so a family member offered her an opportunity to move back to Chicago after finishing eighth grade. That idea sparked interest in Ci'mone so much so that she skipped up a grade in order to graduate early. Ms. Rogers then decided that Arizona had a lot to offer and decided to stay in Arizona. In 2013, she led a STEM extracurricular tutoring group that helped underrepresented and homeless students better understand their homework. Creating a STEM program helped Ci'mone to become a Barrett, The Honors College Fellow with the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) at Arizona State University. Now, she is working with CGEST to help a group of different backgrounded young girls to obtain knowledge about STEM concepts.


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.