Valerie, a renowned social psychologist and researcher, lends her expertise to College Essay App’s research-based foundation and pursuit of non-dilutive funding. Over the last decade, Valerie has led and co-led research teams that secured over $11M in grant money, and published 144 peer-reviewed articles, with national and international presentations. Val holds degrees in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, plus an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Currently, an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware, Valerie has previously held research positions at Yale and Harvard.