Martinique A. Sealy

Ph.D. Student, School of Education
Program Area: Educational Psychology

Headshot for 2022 of Martinique A. Sealy, VCU Holmes Scholar.Education

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2023)
  • M.A.E. in Special Education, American University (2019)
  • B.S. in Psychology, Loyola University - New Orleans (2016)

Line of Research

Firstly, I am an African American, Caribbean American woman. I am an educational psychology doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University. My individual experiences as a Black student and teacher drive my research of the academic achievement gap between white Americans and a vast majority of historically marginalized American students.

Research and Scholarship

I have been opportune to collaborate with a multitude of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and North Carolina State University through two part-time graduate assistantships as well as a summer 2021 externship. I am a graduate research assistant for both a NSF CAREER grant regarding science discourse in urban middle school contexts (Bae, et. al., 2021), as well as INSiGHTS Nebraska which is a replication intervention regarding social emotional development for early childhood rural Midwestern contexts. Through these assistantships, I am learning quantitative, qualitative, as well as mixed methodology and analyses. I believe that my current research of rural, suburban and urban contexts across various U.S. states will greatly enhance and complement my perceptions as a Black woman, student and teacher. Additionally, I have learned more about quantitative research and communal learning alongside the iScholar lab at N.C. State during a summer externship.


Martinique Sealy is a third-year Educational Psychology doctoral student and AERA Division C Junior Chair. Her research interests include PK-12 grades, minoritized youth, and the integration of culturally-relevant pedagogy. Her current research focuses on students’ funds of knowledge [specifically: identity, culture and language] and creating asset-based classroom contexts to foster student academic achievement. She began her career as an elementary school teacher, has a bachelor of science degree in psychology, as well as a masters degree in special education.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

The Holmes Scholars Program is an opportunity that will allow me to network with like-minded individuals from mine as well as other universities in order to discuss and collaborate about social justice, equity, and inclusion for minoritized populations within our education system. The program is also an opportunity to learn from others and continue to improve my research skills in order to prepare me for a job in academia. I look forward to learning more about how I can participate in and gain from Holmes Scholars opportunities.

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