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DBI-TLC researchers

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Kristen McMaster

Principal Investigator


Elizabeth Lam headshotElizabeth Lam

Project Director


Elizabeth Lam, Ph.D. is the Project Coordinator of the Data-Based Instruction: Tools, Learning and Collaboration (DBI-TLC) research study. Elizabeth is excited to support the research and school-based teams to provide individualized intervention to struggling writers and extend the knowledge in the field of special education.

Through Elizabeth’s educational experience in education (Bachelor of Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College), school psychology (Master of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology), and educational psychology (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota), she has developed a belief that the greatest success is accomplished when all members of our community are welcomed into the conversation, a safe space is created, and multiple perspectives are shared. Elizabeth is passionate about ensuring that the educational system sees the inherent value in each child, using data-based decision-making to promote accelerated student outcomes for each child, and contributing to research in the field by exploring how to best meet the needs of diverse learners.

Kyle Wagner headshotKyle Wagner

Graduate Research Assistant


Kyle Wagner is a Ph.D. student in Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and his Specialist in School Psychology degree at Sam Houston State University. He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has practiced in Texas and Minnesota. He has also worked as a behavior specialist, working with students and teachers to promote successful learning environments, and helping to organize and plan special education services in a 7-12 building. His research interests include using practice schedule modifications to optimize academic interventions.

Britta Bresina headshotBritta Bresina

Graduate Research Assistant


Britta Bresina is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Psychology’s Special Education program. She is also a National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention scholar. Her early professional career was spent as a junior high school special education teacher for students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. In addition to teaching, Britta worked as an instructional design strategist. She is interested in intensive interventions for reading comprehension, cognitive correlates underlying reading – especially working memory, implementation science, educational neuroscience, and supporting teachers’ use of data to make instructional decision.

Seyma Biricini headshotSeyma Birinci

Graduate Research Assistant


Seyma is a graduate research assistant on the Data Based Instruction: Tools, Learning and Collaboration program and a Ph.D. student in special education in the Department of Educational Psychology. This is her first year with the program. She is excited to work on the project because she wants to apply theoretical knowledge to real world case studies and contribute to developing effective methods in teaching students with disabilities.

She received her undergraduate degree in Teaching Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her interests include learning disabilities, reading comprehension, early intervention, and data-based decision making.


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