Roxana Marachi, PhD

Roxana Marachi

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Roxana Marachi is an Associate Professor of Education at San José State University where she teaches courses in Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership. Dr. Marachi’s publications have focused on school climate, learning environments, and the evaluation of school violence prevention programs. Her current interests are focused on strategies for the prevention of data harms and on bridging research-to-practice gaps in the integration of emerging technologies in education. Marachi serves as Education Chair of the California State NAACP and is actively involved in local, state, and national efforts to strengthen and protect public education.


  • Ph.D., Education and Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Psychology, Minor in Music, University of Washington

Recent Publications

  • Heilig, J.H. Marachi, R., & Cruz, D.E. (2016). Mismatched assumptions: Motivation, grit, and high-stakes testing. Educational Policies and Youth in the 21st Century (pp. 143-155). Charlotte: Information Age.
  • Dewey, C., & Marachi, R., (2015). National and State Level Approaches to Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention. In D. Espelage & P. Goldblum (Eds.) The Challenge of Youth Suicide and Bullying. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marachi, R., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). Evidence-based violence prevention programs and best implementation practices. In C. Franklin, M. B. Harris & P. Allen- Meares (Eds). The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, (Second Edition, pp. 453-472). New York: Oxford University Press.

Recent Presentations

  • Marachi, R. (2018). Health research gaps in the marketing and promotion of emerging technologies. [Peer-reviewed poster presentation for Digital Media and Developing Minds Conference, Cold Harbor Springs, NY, October, 2018.

  • Marachi, R. (2018). Online Preschools: “Innovation” or Exploitation? Invited presentation for the National Screen Time Action Network Conference. Boston MA, April 20, 2018.

  • Marachi, R. (2017). Unpacking College and Career Readiness Metrics. Do They “Level the Playing Field”? Or Create [More] Systemic Barriers to Educational Access? Invited Keynote for State NAACP/ESSA Civil Rights Education Conference. San José, CA. August 19th, 2017.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2015 Freedom Fighter Award (San José / Silicon Valley NAACP)
  • 2015 Justice Award (Californians For Justice)  

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Data Ethics
  • Data Harms
  • School Climate
  • Violence Prevention

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