Staff & Administration
Frank C. Worrell
Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Director of the School Psychology program, Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, and Faculty Director of the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology. His areas of expertise include academic talent development/gifted education, at-risk youth, scale development and validation, teacher effectiveness, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice. A member of the editorial boards of several journals, Dr. Worrell also serves on committees of several professional associations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Educational research Association, and the National Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Worrell is a Fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and an elected member in the Society for the Study of School Psychology. In 2011, Dr. Worrell received a Presidential citation from the American Psychological Association as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence from UC Berkeley, and was one of two recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. In 2015, he was a co-winner of the Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from the Division 45 of APA, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. Dr. Worrell has research collaborations in China, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Carrie has worked at ATDP for over twenty-five years, most of her working life since she graduated from Baylor University with an English degree. As someone with a long history with the program, she enjoys being in touch with others who have also made ATDP an important part of their lives. There are students who come to ATDP for up to twelve years as well as their parents and siblings. Some of these former students have returned to ATDP as adults to teach, and others are parents of their own ATDP students. She thinks it’s great that ATDP has become a family tradition! While she wishes that she could have also experienced ATDP as a student herself, including studying Human Anatomy as a third grader and learning about Cognitive Neuroscience as a high school student, she finds satisfaction in knowing that so many students, parents and teachers treasure ATDP as a very valuable academic community.
Since coming on board as a computer science instructor in 2010, Sam has found a permanent spot as ATDP’s web and database designer. He spent several years as a tutor and mentor to underprivileged students in his hometown of Tacoma, WA, where he also attended the University of Puget Sound. His undergraduate studies included behavioral psychology, computer science, and music theory.
Cynthia started as a seventh grade ATDP student before continuing on to become a TA and, eventually, an instructor in the computer science department. After graduating from UCSD, she attained a graduate degree in Interactive Media at the University of Southern California. She’s grateful for the opportunity to give back to the program that originally inspired her academic passions.
Originally from California, Sondra attended New York University, where she obtained her BA in Politics and Asian/Pacific/American studies as well as her MSW. She has worked in higher education for over a decade, providing support for students and faculty at the NYU Department of Philosophy and later at UCSF in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She is passionate about building community and making higher education more accessible, supportive, and diverse. Sondra also enjoys nature, board games, skating, and crafting.
Tyler spent her undergrad years working as a literacy mentor in Oakland schools. She earned her MA in Education from UC Berkeley’s BE3 program and became a 2nd grade teacher, spending summers teaching Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math and Science in ATDP’s Elementary Division. She is excited to be part of a program that provides great opportunities and support to students and teachers. Tyler also enjoys hiking, baking cookies, and playing with her dog.
Julissa is a third year PhD student in the School Psychology program at UC Berkeley. In 2019, she completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Education Sciences. Her graduate research currently focuses on examining the relationship between teacher expectations, teacher practices, and students’ academic achievement. She is also passionate about supporting students from marginalized communities with their academic development as well as their mental health. In her free time, she likes to draw, go hiking, and try new food spots around the Bay Area with friends.