COE Alum accepts chair position at Patten University

Yashica Crawford (MAE ’05, PhD ’09, Educational Psychology) accepts new Chair of the Psychology Department at Patten University in Oakland, CA. Dr. Crawford was previously Special Assistant to the Superintendent in San Francisco Unified School District. As Board Liaison, she was responsible for supporting the Superintendent of Schools efforts of supporting the Board of Education with district priorities and strategic planning.
Dr. Crawford received her Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science from Howard University. She began her career at University of Florida in 2001 where she completed her Master’s and PhD in Educational Psychology. As a student, Dr. Crawford was the recipient of the Holmes Fellowship. Her research interests include social context in education, self-construal, level of voice, self-esteem, and motivation of students at risk academically.