Alena N Alegrado

Alena N Alegrado

Alena N Alegrado

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Predictors and outcomes of in-school music enrollment

Alenamie is a third-year PhD student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program. She graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology. Prior to starting the PhD Program, she worked as a research specialist for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She conducted child and classroom assessments at the pre-K and kindergarten level for a longitudinal study that explores long-term effects of pre-K programs.

Her current research focuses on predictors and outcomes of in-school arts enrollment among low-SES, ethnically diverse students with primary interest in the unique differences between music classes (Band, Chorus, Guitar, Orchestra).

Selected Publications

Alegrado, A., & Winsler, A. (2020). Predictors of taking elective music courses in middle school among low-SES, ethnically diverse students. Journal of Research in Music Education

Winsler, A., Gara, T., Alegrado, A., Castro, S., & Tavassolie, T. (2019). Selection into, and academic benefitsfrom, arts-related courses in middle-school among low-income, ethnically diverse youth. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Courses Taught

PSYC 300: Statistics in Psychology, Lab Section


B.S., Psychology, George Mason University

Recent Presentations

Alegrado, A., & Winsler, A. (2019, March), Who Stops the Music?: Predicting Persistence in Middle School Music Elective Courses. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, conference. Baltimore, MD.

Winsler, A., Alegrado, A., & Gara, T. (2018, November). Even controlling for large selection effects, there are academic benefits from art elective courses in middle-school for low-income, ethnically diverse youth. In M. Menzer (Chair). Arts education in the United States: National education policies for arts education and studies on the impact of arts education experiences for youth development using crosssectional, longitudinal, and randomized control methods. Symposium presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual conference. Washington, DC.