Megan Stutesman

Megan Stutesman

Megan Stutesman

Graduate Research Assistant

Embodied cognition, social cognition, social and emotional development, psychology of the arts

Megan Stutesman is PhD Candidate in Applied Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, working under Dr. Thalia Goldstein in the Play Learning Arts and Youth Lab. She earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Dance from the University of Washington and a MSEd in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to graduate school, Megan spent several years working as a professional dancer, teaching dance, and working with children on the Autism spectrum. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships conducting program evaluation research on extracurricular programs for K-8 students in West Philadelphia public schools. Her research interests include psychology of dance, embodied cognition, and social cognitive development. Her current dissertation work uses mixed methods to examine how dance education is implicated in children's social cognitive development. Outside of academia, she teaches dance classes to children and adults at local northern Virginia dance studios. 

Courses Taught

PSYC 312 - Educational Psychology

PSYC 211 - Developmental Psychology

PYSC 100 - Basic Concepts in Psychology


MSEd in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education

BS in Psychology, University of Washington

BA in Dance, University of Washington

In the Media

Stutesman's research discussed in 2023 Washington Post Article: