Equipping Teachers with Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Ed.D., clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, is working with doctoral candidate Meg Gravil on training early childhood teachers, who are not certified in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) or Special Education, to embed naturalistic teaching strategies to teach communication skills. The teachers are … Read More

Student Motivation and Learning in Technology-Assisted Learning Environments

Narmada Paul, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, studies student motivation and learning in technology-assisted learning environments. Her dissertation research involved developing and testing an instructional intervention to support fourth grade students’ participation in online discussions and promote their argumentation skills. … Read More

Advanced Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Imaging

Michael Samaan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Samaan and his diverse research team of physicians, physical therapists, medical and exercise science students use biomechanics and imaging to thoroughly understand the effects of orthopedic conditions on joint function and health. More specifically, the … Read More

Preparing Today’s Learners to Become Effective Information Problem Solvers

Students today routinely conduct research online to solve academic and everyday problems. Researchers have established a good understanding of learners’ behaviors in information problem solving (IPS) by quantitatively examining learners’ IPS tracking data. Yet to better teach IPS, we need to know more about learners’ reasoning processes. Applying a self-regulated … Read More

Improving Access to Behavioral Healthcare 

  Joseph H. Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and members of the Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER)  Lab study the factors that promote or block people from seeking behavioral healthcare when they have a mental health concern.  They are … Read More

Healing Racial Trauma

Candice Hargons, Ph.D., and the RISE^2 Research Team are investigating the psychophysiological effect of racism on Black students and determining whether meditation can reduce the effect. In a mixed method experimental pilot study, they use biofeedback to observe participants’ heart rate and heart rate variability during the experiment. Then, they … Read More

Politics and Justice Implications

Amanda U. Potterton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of school choice, charter schools, privatization and public education, and justice-related policy implications for students living in poverty, students with special education needs, and students who are … Read More

Gait Training in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

This study investigates the effectiveness of anti-gravity treadmill gait training on neuromuscular function, dynamic balance and gait in the population with Multiple Sclerosis. Fan Gao, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is conducting research with two undergraduates, Erick Honaker and Trace Lindquist. Participants receive … Read More

Collaboration to Further Public Education and Public Health

The research of Professor Joan Mazur, Ph.D., is located at the intersection of public education and public health. Her conceptual focus employs trans-disciplinary research to practice and research and development strategies to address persistent issues that face youth in rural farming communities.​ With over 20 years of research funding from … Read More

1 2