ELLI is a collaborative research group from Michigan State University and Texas A&M University.

    • We mentor undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines to enhance young children’s language and literacy development.
    • Using an apprenticeship model, we provide many opportunities to conduct research with our team nationally and internationally. 
    • We value the input of practitioners in the field and work to make sure that our assessments and interventions fit the needs of the communities where we work.

Meet the team of researchers that make up the ELLI Research Group

Lori Skibbe, PhD

Lori Skibbe, PhD

Faculty, Michigan State University

Interests: Literacy and Language Development, Assessment, Self-Regulation
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Ryan Bowles, PhD

Ryan Bowles, PhD

Faculty, Michigan State University

Interests: Measurement and Assessment Development, Early Literacy and Language Development
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Hope Gerde, Ph.D.

Hope Gerde, Ph.D.

Faculty, Texas A&M

Interests: Early Writing Development, Teacher influences of children’s language and literacy development
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Nicholas E. Waters, M.S.

Nicholas E. Waters, M.S.

Research Associate, Michigan State University

Interests: Self-regulation and academic development, socioeconomic status, parenting

Sammy F. Ahmed, Ph.D.

Sammy F. Ahmed, Ph.D.

IES Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University

Interests: Executive Function, Early Schooling, Measurement Development, Longitudinal Methodology, Data Science
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Burcu Ozkum

Burcu Ozkum

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Digital media, technology, early language and literacy development

Yatma Diop

Yatma Diop

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Parent-child interactions in Senegal
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Arianna Pikus

Arianna Pikus

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Science education and nature-based learning

Kyla McRoy

Kyla McRoy

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Self-regulation development and best practices

Tiantian Sun

Tiantian Sun

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Early language and literacy development for children who are dual language learners and those with disabilities.

Ellen Searle

Ellen Searle

Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Interests: Home literacy environment of young children with disabilities

Haruka Konishi

Haruka Konishi

Alumni, Michigan State University

The ELLI lab provided amazing support, space, and the trust [that] helped me develop as the scholar and teacher educator that I am today.

Janelle Montroy

Janelle Montroy

Alumni, Michigan State University

Research interests: academic achievement, executive function, measurement, STEM curricula

Dr. Sarah Goodwin

Dr. Sarah Goodwin

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University

My lab experiences allowed me to build skills to manage personnel, and I also improved my proficiency in R programming language for statistics and data tasks. I genuinely learned something new every day on the job.

We encourage graduate students to apply!