Elias is a second-year graduate student in developmental psychology working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College in 2017, where he worked with Dr. Daniel Grodner to investigate the roles of working memory and experience in relative clause sentence processing. He also served as a lab technician in Swarthmore’s Event-Related Potential (ERP) Lab, supporting several language processing studies under Drs. Amanda Elam and Les Sikos. Before arriving at Temple, Elias mentored 7th-grade students in the School District of Philadelphia through City Year. He is currently pursuing research at the intersection of developmental psychology and education with interests in the connections between the science of learning and classroom instruction, and language development and literacy interventions in classroom settings. His first-year project investigates how questions combine with playful learning to support pre-school students’ vocabulary development during a classroom literacy intervention. Elias also works on “The 6 Cs Go to School” project, which brings the 6 Cs of learning identified by Dr. Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Golinkoff – collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creativity, and confidence – into K-12 classrooms through close collaboration with educational administrators and teachers in public schools. His newest area of “6 Cs” research explores how the same skills are used in higher education through “The 6 Cs Go to College” project.