Leaders of Lurie College | Krissy

Meet Krissy, SJSU faculty member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“Being a faculty member at SJSU allows me to continually learn new information and new teaching methods. Each time I teach a course I learn so much from my students. I encourage every student to share their thoughts and ideas because everyone’s insight or understanding is so important. I enjoy using different teaching methods that engage students and hopefully encourage my students to become lifelong learners as well. SJSU is a great place for everyone to learn.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Faculty Krissy Connell

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Lurie College Faculty Featured on CCDA Website

Congratulations to SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Department faculty member Michele Burns, who was recently featured on the California Career Development Association (CCDA) website for her contributions to the career counseling industry!  The remarks on the CCDA website read:

“As the former CCDA Secretary for the Silicon Valley Chapter, Michele was instrumental in planning the Northern CA conferences and regional events. She is also an adjunct lecturer for the SJSU College of Education teaching the Career Exploration and Community-Based Organizations Serving Children/Youth courses for the Counselor Education and Child/Adolescent Development departments, respectively. Michele was also the Principal Investigator and Director of the In-custody Educational Services grant having coordinated college credit-bearing courses and provided the Student Success: Education and Career Planning workshops. Her expertise has also been shared with colleagues at education and career development conferences including: CALPCC, CCDA, CCCSAA, CEA, HECT, and WACAC. Michele is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) and holds a Master’s in Education/Counseling and Student Personnel, PPS Credential, and CTE Credential for Education/Child Development/Family Services; with certification for College Counseling (UCLA), QPR – Save a Life Suicide Prevention, and ASCA bullying Prevention Training.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Department Faculty Michele Burns


Leaders of Lurie College | Maria

Meet Maria, recently graduated SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“Growing up I had a wonderful 4th grade teacher that told me that I could go to college. She inspired me to become a teacher and inspire other students to believe in themselves. Coming from an immigrant and low income family was hard to reach the doors of college. SJSU Lurie College of Education has provided the tools I need to be in the path of graduating in summer 2019.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Undergraduate Student Maria Lemus

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Robert Marx, PhD

Robert Marx’s community-engaged research and practice focus on reframing dominant visions of queer young people, so that they are no longer viewed as damaged or at-risk, but rather as the gifted, complex people they are. He deploys a variety of research methods, including critical youth participatory action research and meta-analysis, to better understand and promote marginalized youth’s development. As a former high school English teacher, he approaches this work from the intersection of educational studies, developmental psychology, and critical pedagogy, and his work encourages young people to see themselves as producers of knowledge and change agents.  Read more below and listen to Robert’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Faculty Robert Marx


  • PhD, Community Research and Action, Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University
  • MAT, Secondary English Education, Boston University
  • BA, English, Spanish, and Linguistic Anthropology, Brandeis University


  • Kettrey, H. H, & Marx, R. A. (forthcoming). Does the gendered approach of bystander programs matter in the prevention of sexual assault among adolescents and college students? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Hatchel, T., & Marx, R. A. (2018). Understanding intersectionality and resiliency among transgender adolescents: Exploring pathways among peer victimization, school belonging, and drug use. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(6), doi:10.3390/ijerph15061289
  • Roberts, L. M., & Marx, R. A. (2018). The persistence of policies of protection in LGBTQ research & advocacy. Journal of LGBT Youth, DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2018.1479325


  • Marx, R. A. Understanding the Importance of Social Networks and Organizations in LGBTQ+ Lives. Symposium chair, Society for Prevention Research.
  • Marx, R. A., Temkin, D., & Cadill, R. The Relative Importance of Individual- and School-Level Factors in Predicting LGBTQ+ Students’ Sense of School Belonging. Society for Prevention Research.
  • Marx, R. A. Fostering Developmentally Appropriate Discussions of Racism in Queer youth Organizations: Lessons from Participants and Advisors. Society for Research on Child Development.
  • Marx, R. A. “Cliqued up White Groups”: An Analysis of Discussions of Racism in Queer Youth Spaces. American Educational Research Association.
  • Marx, R. A. A Poem is Never Finished: Exploring Critical Methods with Spoken Word Poetry. American Educational Research Association.
  • Kettrey, H. H., & Marx, R. A. Effects of bystander programs on the prevention of sexual assault among adolescents and college students: A systematic review. Stockholm Criminology Symposium.
  • Marx, R. A. Poetry as prevention: Spoken word poetry supports academic and emotional growth for middle school students. Society for Prevention Research.


  • Bonsal Dissertation Enhancement Grant for Applied Educational Research ($10,000; 2018)
  • Outstanding Instructor, Department of Human and Organizational Development (2018)
  • Dean’s Grant for Curriculum Development, Applied Human Development at Peabody College ($3,500; 2018)
  • Community Scholar, Vanderbilt-Meharry Community Engaged Research Core ($5,000; 2017)
  • Research Grant, Department of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University ($3,550; 2017)
  • Research Grant, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy ($1,000; 2017)
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (2016)
  • Research Grant, National Council of Teachers of English ($3,000; 2015)



  • After-school activities
  • High schools
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Queer youth
  • School belonging
  • Well-being
  • Youth development


Leaders of Lurie College | Melanie

Meet Melanie, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“My experiences as both a student and an educator left me with many questions about the education system and how schools do, or do not, support students. The College of Education provided me with the tools and support I needed to seek answers and continue asking questions in pursuit of inclusive and effective schools for all students. I am grateful to the faculty for fostering this inquisitiveness and for guiding future educators to be thoughtful, self-reflective critical thinkers.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Graduate Student Melanie Chong

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.