Kalina Gjicali is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed her M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University in Cognitive Studies in Education and her B.A. at Hunter College, CUNY in Psychology and Sociology. Her research focuses on the impact of cognitive (e.g., language comprehension) and social-cognitive constructs (e.g., attitudes, norms, self-efficacy) on mathematics learning for ethnically diverse students. Currently, she is working on her dissertation that aims to develop a measure of high school student’s attitudes towards mathematics using a Situational Judgement Test (SJTs) and examines predictors of student mathematics performance using the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) dataset. Her work has been presented at professional conferences such as American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Modeling Methods (M3), and Jean Piaget Society (JPS). Beyond research, she has worked as an Assistant Research Scientist at New York University, as a statistical consultant at the Quantitative Research Consulting Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and as a teaching fellow at Queens College, CUNY in the secondary education department teaching courses in learning and development aimed for pre-service teachers.