Neag School of Education Welcomes New Hires

The Neag School announces several new hires this month. (Kayla Simon/UConn)

Two new staff members recently joined the Neag School Dean’s Office, and the Department of Educational Psychology also welcomed new staff and faculty.

Dean’s Office

Cathleen Hammel joins the Neag School Dean’s Office later this week as a computer support technician. Hammel has five years of experience in IT support, most recently serving as a technology support specialist for Clinton (Connecticut) Public Schools. She earned her BA in anthropology at UConn.

Li He arrived in the Neag School Dean’s Office in October, from UConn’s Accounts Payable team. She serves at the Neag School as a financial/grants and contracts associate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in in accounting at Eastern Connecticut State University, and her MS in accounting at UConn.

Department of Educational Psychology

Katie Gelsomini joins the staff of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) this month as an educational program assistant 2. Gelsomini holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Endicott College and a master’s degree in educational technology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She previously worked as a project manager on a large nationwide grant at UConn and says she is looking forward to her new role as an educational program assistant. Gelsomini will responsible for administrative and programmatic support for the research center and the faculty.

Meaghan McKenna is an assistant research professor of special education in the Department of Educational Psychology. Most recently, she was an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas. She earned her BA in speech-language pathology/audiology and MS in speech-language pathology from Loyola University Maryland and her Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders from the University of South Florida.

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