Manya is a developmental educational psychologist. She attended Dartmouth College where she received her BA in Psychology before attending Vanderbilt University for graduate school. At Vanderbilt, Manya received an MS and PhD in developmental psychology in addition to completing considerable coursework in the department of Teaching and Learning. While in graduate school she worked as a cognitive skills trainer and educational consultant before completing a two-year post doctoral fellowship. She is now an Assistant Professor of Education at Colorado College.
Her book, Learning from the Inside-Out: Child Development and School Choice, describes the intersection of development and educational decision-making for parents/families of children in grades PK-12.
Her edited volume, Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance, challenges common discourse by documenting the ways women of color have succeeded in the academy.
Engaging Hard-to-Reach Parents