Hunter Named Associate Director for Research

Cristina Hunter, Ph.D., Named Associate Director of Research Initiatives for the Roche Center for Catholic Education

CHESTNUT HILL, May 31, 2015 -- The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is pleased to announce that Cristina Hunter, Ph.D. will become the Associate Director of Research Initiatives.  Dr. Hunter earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology from Boston College in 2014 and has extensive experience as research coordinator managing projects related to the experiences of Latino migrants in the United States including translational research with the Human Rights and Migration Project (PI, Dr. M. Brinton Lykes), the NICHD-funded Kindergarten Language Study (PI, Dr. Mariela Páez) a language and literacy intervention for Spanish-speaking young children; and developmental and longitudinal projects with minority families at the Center for Research for Culture Development and Education (PIs, Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda & Dr.  Hiro Yoshikawa).  Dr. Hunter recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on a collaborative study between Boston College and Tufts University, examining character development in youth. Additionally, she has taught undergraduate courses in the Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology Department at Boston College and has collaborated with Lynch School faculty on numerous publications.  Cristina earned her Master’s degree from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

“Research is a foundational element for true change,” Hunter stated. "I am committed to the Roche Center’s goal to translate research into effective opportunities for teaching and learning in Catholic schools. Through The Roche Center’s research and programs, grounded on principles of social justice, Catholic education can be an integral part of the lives of students, families, and the wider community. I am thrilled to be part of such a devoted and talented team and passionately bring my skills, experience, and diligence to the position of Associate Director of Research Initiatives.”   Dr. Hunter will begin her position at the Roche Center on June 1, 2015.

About the Roche Center for Catholic Education:  The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education strengthens Catholic education through the generation and promotion of research and research–based educational innovations to lead the transformation of Catholic education. The Center brings together scholars, practitioners, innovators, designers, and developers to address the practical needs facing Catholic education through disciplined inquiry.  All work of the Roche Center is accomplished in collaboration with the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, other centers and departments at Boston College, and other Catholic Institutions of Higher Education.