Chelsea Chin

Chelsea Chin (she/her) is a second-year master’s student in the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She graduated from Boston College receiving a B.A. in Human Development and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Prior to attending Tufts, she managed customer care teams at a telecommunications company as a Data Manager. She is looking forward to working with the TIER team and working with Massachusetts-based programs after living in the area for a decade. Originally from Maryland, she enjoys playing board games and trying out new restaurants.


Rachel Dooley

Rachel Dooley (she/her) is a second year masters student at the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She previously graduated from Stonehill College with her Bachelor’s degree where she double majored in Psychology and Studio Arts. Since her time at Stonehill, she has helped work on research projects and done applied work in partial hospitalization programs and group homes for youth in and around the Providence and Boston areas. Her research interests include childhood trauma and the child welfare system. In her free time she likes to garden, try new places to eat, refurbish old furniture, and hang out with her cat and dog (Birch and Buttercup). 


Julie Kim

Julie is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology program at the Lynch School at Boston College. She is also a research affiliate at the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network, where she works on the Family Math project. Her research interests include understanding how home-school collaborations can promote children’s early math learning with a strengths-based lens. She holds an M.A in Applied Psychology from New York University and B.A. in Psychology from Smith College.


Usman Naeem

Usman Naeem is a PhD Student in the Economics & Public Policy joint program between the Economics Department and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. His research focuses on energy markets, air pollution, and disruptive climate change. Prior to his graduate study, he was a Country Economist for the International Growth Centre Pakistan for six years.

Usman holds an MS in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and a BA in Economics from the National University of Singapore.


Shayari Peiris

Shayari is a second-year master’s student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She recently graduated from Wake Forest University where she studied psychology and philosophy. Her research interests include investigating risk and resilience factors for developmental psychopathology, youth socio-emotional development (especially in stressful environments), parent-child relationships, and the diathesis-stress model for mood and personality disorders in young people. Her career aspiration is to become a clinical child psychologist. She is originally from Lexington, MA and in her free time, she enjoys yoga, painting, and embroidery. She is also a big animal lover and has a cat named Tabby.


Elisa Saint-Denis

Elisa Saint-Denis (she/her) is a junior at Tufts majoring in Child Study and Human Development and Biology. She is passionate about optimizing education for children of diverse backgrounds and promoting health equity. At Tufts, she works with Jumpstart to provide education to preschoolers in the Greater Boston area, and she is also a member of MARCH (Maternal Advocacy and Research for Community Health). In her free time, Elisa loves to sing with her acapella group and run. She is really excited to work with TIER and learn from the amazing team.