Mollie McQuillan

Mollie McQuillan


  • 2017 - Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship
  • 2017 - National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship



Year Degree Institution
2017 Management for Scientists and Engineers Certificate Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University
2015 Society, Biology, and Health Interdisciplinary Certificate Northwestern University
2014 MA, Human Development and Social Policy
Human Development and Social Policy
Northwestern University
2005 Master of Arts in Teaching University of Saint Thomas
2000 AB University of Chicago


Year Title  
2019 Beyond Bathrooms: Educational Policy, School Climate, and Health for Gender-Expansive Youth

Research Interests

My research examines the intersection of educational policy, school climates and health for gender-expansive students. 

More specifically, my current research uses qualitative and quantitative evidence produced by three interrelated studies to provide a more thorough understanding of the academic environment for gender-expansive youth and how their social environment influences their health. In my first dissertation study, I am investigating whether gender dysphoria (i.e. distress from transgender identities), social stressors, and lack of social support contribute to poorer health in transgender populations through inflammation and immune deregulation pathways. The second study I am conducting is a document analysis of the present policy landscape concerning gender-expansive students and employees using a representative sample of Illinois districts. By combining data collected from district documents with information about district demographics, I will be able to describe the extent of protective and affirming policies for this individuals in the state, in addition to the kinds of districts that may be more likely to have protective and affirming policies in place. Finally, my third dissertation study is an interview study of school district administrators. This study will examine different strategies administrators use to address the needs of gender-expansive students and potential implementation barriers.

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Employment History

2012 2012 Advanced Placement Psychology Reader, College Board/Educational Testing Service
Kansas City MO
Evaluated and scored the free-response sections of the Advanced Placement Psychology Exam
2012 2012 Psychology Subject Matter Expert, Sophia Learning
Minneapolis MN

Designed and created online tutorials for an Introduction to Psychology course used by Capella University (for university credit) and other online learners at universities, high schools as well as multiple other academic environments

Wrote and edited objectives, topic summaries and assessments in for the course 
Utilized screencasting, document camera and on-camera resources for tutorials

2012 2012 Educational Consultant, Pioneer Press
Saint Paul MN
Wrote, designed and edited practice assessments for Testing Time! Practice Exams for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment
2005 2012 High School Social Studies Teacher, Orono School District
795 Old Crystal Bay Road
Long Lake MN 55356
United States of America
Taught high school social studies classes such as AP Psychology, American History, Psychology, Government, World History, and Contemporary Issues.
Held a number of leadership positions such as Peer Assessment Evaluator, Professional Learning Community Lead, Head Varsity Ice Hockey Coach, Junior Varsity Soccer Coach, Mock Trial Adviser, Health and Wellness Pilot, Differentiated Learning Pilot, Character Counts Pilot, and Alternative Assessment Pilot

Last Updated: 2018-02-27 19:42:00