University of Southern California
MEd, Learning Design and Technology
Santa Clara University
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology
Alana Kennedy is a first-year doctoral student in the Urban Education Policy program with a concentration in educational psychology at the University of Southern California. Her prior experience as an Executive Director for a financial literacy nonprofit coupled with her experience as a researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) affirmed her interest in research that addresses real problems of practice in the education field. Alana is interested in the effect of student attitudes and emotions on persistence and learning in formal and informal learning environments, particularly for urban students from low-socioeconomic status backgrounds.