Mayra Parada

Mayra Parada

Mayra Parada

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Applied Developmental Psychology

Mayra is a third-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2014. Prior to her time at Mason, Mayra has worked on various community-based participatory research projects in Richmond and spent time in Mexico City investigating the influence of parental involvement on adolescent drug-use. At Mason, Mayra’s master thesis focused on academic outcomes of immigrant students using longitudinal data from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP) under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Winsler. Additionally, Mayra investigated whether academic outcomes varied by immigrant generation (first-generation v. second-generation). Mayra was a 2017-2018 Society for Research in Child Development Pre-Doctoral State Policy Fellow at the Virginia Department of Education in the Office of Humanities and Early Childhood working on the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Virginia Preschool Initiative Expansion (VPI+). Currently, Mayra is a graduate research assistant at the Institute for Immigration Research under the supervision of Dr. James Witte.

Grants and Fellowships

2017-2018 Society for Research in Child Development Pre-Doctoral State Policy Fellow

Courses Taught

PSYC 379 Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 314 Adolescent Development
PSYC 324 Personality Psychology
PSYC 301 Research Methods - Lab


2015 - Present                   George Mason University, Ph.D.
                                             Major: Applied Developmental Psychology

2015 - 2017                       George Mason University, M.A.
                                            Major: Applied Developmental Psychology

2012 - 2015                       Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S.
                                            Major: Psychology

Recent Presentations

Parada, M., Winsler, A., Allan, M., Carr, R., Kaplan, R., Malin, J., & Peisner-Feinberg, E., (2018, June). Fellowship Panel and Reception: The Rewards and Challenges of Research-Policy Partnerships from the Perspective of Participants in SRCD State and Federal Fellowships. Panel presented at the annual conference of the National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Arlington, VA.