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Ishita Ahmed

Ishita Ahmed is a doctoral student in Developmental and Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences Humanities and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies at Stanford University. Ishita received an MA in Economics at University of Maryland-College Park in 2018 and a BA in Economics and International Relations at the College of William and Mary in 2011. She is a recipient of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Fellowship and the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship.

Her research examines how to promote equitable education for marginalized communities in the U.S. and low-and-middle-income countries. In particular, she focuses on how to adapt measures of children's cognitive and behavioral skills to represent different cultural experiences. Ishita’s SPARK Lab projects use mixed methods to incorporate the voices of parents, children, and teachers to investigate measurement of executive functions, self-regulation, and learning related emotion socialization. Her long-term goal is to incorporate culturally adapted measures into global education policy analysis.


Ahmed, I., Steyer, L., Suntheimer, N., Wolf, S., & Obradović, J. (2022). Directly assessed and adult-reported executive functions: Associations with academic skills in Ghana. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology81, 101437. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2022.101437