Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Michael P. Mesa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The overarching goal of Dr. Mesa’s research program is to investigate factors that can act as facilitators and barriers to young children’s literacy and behavioral development, including small-group composition and size, behavior/classroom management, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Dr. Mesa is particularly driven by the need to improve the outcomes of young children at-risk of academic failure. He is currently investigating how group composition can maximize the positive outcomes of young children participating in targeted small-group instruction.
Dr. Mesa earned a doctoral degree from the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems program at Florida State University, where he also earned his master’s degree and certificates in Statistical Measurement, College Teaching, and from the nationally recognized Preparing Future Faculty program.
Prior to starting at CLI, Dr. Mesa was a graduate research assistant at the Florida Center for Reading Research and the Office of Research in the College of Education at Florida State University. He was also the instructor of record for multiple in-person and online courses in the College of Education at Florida State University.
Dr. Mesa has received various awards and honors including internal funding for research and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.