Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

Our Team


Nayantara Abraham, Research Coordinator 

Nayantara received a Master of Arts degree in Applied Social Psychology at Loyola University Chicago and has been part of the research and evaluation team at CSME since 2011. Her career has included the evaluation of various STEM programs at museums, organizations, and school districts in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Her research interests include intra-racial colorismintercultural intelligence, and attitudes towards STEM, and she has presented at several national conferences on teacher perceptions of school environment and student engagement around the adoption of NGSS standardsIn 2019, she received a Master of Business Administration in Marketing at the Quinlan School of Business. 


Megan Deiger, Research Assistant Professor

Megan Deiger is a member of CSME’s research and evaluation team. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2005. She has worked as an educational researcher, evaluator, and policy analyst since 2001, with organizations including Chicago Public Schools Office of Mathematics and Science and the PRAIRIE Group at the University of Illinois Chicago. She has also taught numerous courses within the Loyola University Chicago psychology department. She has published in the fields of psychology and education and has presented at various national and local education and evaluation conferences. Much of Dr. Deiger’s current work emphasizes principles of design-based implementation and improvement science, with a focus on helping educational partnerships to thrive. 


MaryBeth Talbot, Research Assistant Professor

Mary (MaryBeth) Talbot is a member of the research and evaluation team at the Center for Science and Math Education (CSME).  She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2014. Dr. Talbot has worked as an evaluator, researcher, and education policy analyst since 2012 and held positions at the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Outlier Research and Evaluation at the University of Chicago, and LEAP Innovations.  Her professional interests include research and evaluation methodology as well as research at the interface between education and Social Psychology (e.g. equity and accessibility in STEM education, stereotype threat, and impacts of growth mindset etc.).  In addition to evaluation and research, Dr. Talbot has taught various undergraduate psychology courses, particularly research methodology.