Tamika McElveen, PhD


  • 2021, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Educational Psychology
  • 2003, M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School Counseling
  • 2002, B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Psychology


Tamika is an educational psychologist interested in how culturally relevant teaching and learning can positively impact the academic and social motivations of Black and Latinx youth. Her research focuses on the examination of belonging- and communally-supportive instruction as mechanisms of student motivation in mathematics. Currently, Tamika is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies collaborating with Dr. David Purpura on a project examining the influence of mathematical stories (e.g., historical, content-specific, and student-centered) on elementary students' identity and executive functioning in mathematics.

Selected Publications

  • Gray, D. L., McElveen, T. L., Green, B. P., & Bryant, L. H. (2020). Engaging Black and Latinx students through communal learning opportunities: A relevance intervention for middle schoolers in STEM elective classrooms. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 60, 1‑17. http://weareischolar.org/papers/Gray_et_al._(2020).pdf

 Tamika McElveen

Postdoctoral Researcher

(PhD, North Carolina State University)


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