Valentina holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a MA degree in Psychology from University of Belgrano in Argentina. She is currently serving as a lead researcher at a university in South Florida where she oversees research and evaluation projects, fieldwork, and instrument design; collects and analyzes data; writes and develops grant proposals; and revises research-evaluation reports. Over the past fifteen years, Valentina has been teaching and researching in education with a particular emphasis on issues of child development, high level thinking, and cultural diversity. Valentina has expertise in qualitative research and program evaluation and for the past decade, she has co-directed the design and implementation of research-evaluation projects, as well as provided guidance and mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students both in the United States and Latin America. In addition, Valentina has served as editorial reviewer and managing editor, advisor, presenter, and committee leader for national and international associations, and has written extensively in English and Spanish in her areas of expertise. One of Valentina’s most gratifying professional experiences is working one-on-one with students in the process of research, including literature review, data collection and analysis, and writing of findings and implications. She also encourages and guides students in the submission of conference proposals, academic presentations, and writing of publications.
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