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Nellie Tran is Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Tran is a community psychologist interested in the day-to-day lived experiences of people of color within the educational system. Her work centers on the concept of subtle biases (i.e., microaggressions) within the educational experience for contexts (e.g., schools, classrooms) and teachers, administrators, students, and their families.
Dr. Tran received her doctorate in community psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was also on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and held elected executive committee positions in the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) and the Asian American Psychological Association.
Refugee students with interrupted or limited formal education (LFE) face particular difficulties in adjusting to U.S. schools. This study illustrates the difficulties faced by Somali Bantu refugee students who came to the United States with no schooling, and the pressures placed on teachers and other staff in a Chicago elementary school.