Disciplines: Education and Library & Information Sciences
Alexa is a Ph.D. student at Tufts' Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. At Eliot-Pearson, Alexa is a member of the Developmental Technologies Research Group, where she explores ways to cultivate young children's (ages 4-7) understanding of computation through engaging moral, cognitive, and social-emotional dimensions. Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Education on Berkman Klein's Youth and Media (YaM) team. On YaM, Alexa focused on areas such as the skills youth need to thrive in our increasingly digital world; the ways youth engage interact with and are impacted by artificial intelligence; risks to online safety, including cyberbullying; and the design of educational tools about the digital environment that can be used across varying contexts of learning and teaching. A Boston native, Alexa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College in 2012, and went on to receive two Master’s degrees. She completed a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2013, and a Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2015.