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Research topics: prevention and
multi-tiered systems of support

Developing and providing services to at-risk learners

Our researchers develop and evaluate assessments, data systems and interventions in order to provide services to at-risk learners to prevent negative academic, behavioral, and social outcomes.

Faculty and researchers

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LeAnne Johnson Email | Lab

Dr. Johnson (special education) researches interventions to improve outcomes for a range of preschool and elementary school-aged children who are at high risk given social, emotional, behavioral, and communication needs. Dr. Johnson is focused on creating the next generation of intervention studies that support high fidelity implementation of evidence-based interventions within tiered intervention and prevention models. This includes research projects that are designed to test the efficacy of social-communication interventions for children with autism.

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Jennifer McComas


Dr. McComas (special education) applies functional analysis for problem behavior in educational and residential settings. She focuses on basic behavioral processes maintaining desirable and undesirable behavior, such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, and establishing operations. She also studies behavioral treatment of problem behavior based on concurrent schedules of reinforcement as we as antecedent stimuli. Finally, she analyzes the academic behavior performance of students with behavior problems.

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Kristen McMaster

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Kristen McMaster (special education) collaborates with colleagues in cognitive psychology and school psychology to develop theory-based assessments and interventions to improve the reading comprehension and early writing skills of children identified as at risk or with disabilities. She also develops systems and supports to promote teachers’ use of data-based decision making and evidence-based instruction.

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Faith Miller

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Dr. Miller (school psychology) focuses her research on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices in schools, particularly as it relates to improving outcomes for children who experience social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties (SEBD). Through her research, Dr. Miller examines critical factors that lead to the implementation of evidence-based practices for students with SEBD within multi-tiered systems of support. This includes the use of defensible assessments to inform data-based decision-making and problem-solving, as well as the development and delivery of a continuum of high-quality interventions to improve student outcomes. As an applied researcher, she works to bridge the research-to-practice gap in order to improve outcomes for students with SEBD.

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Sherri Turner


Dr. Turner (counseling and student personnel psychology) has developed the Perceptions of Parent Support Scale that is used in countries around the world as both a measurement/research instrument and as a counseling intervention tool. Her research also includes the role of parents and school counselors in students’ college readiness and academic success.


EPSY 5616W - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving

Assumptions, principles, procedures of problem solving approach to analyzing behavior/programs for classroom management. Conducting observations, intervening, evaluating behavioral change.

EPSY 8816 - Academic Prevention and Intervention

Theories, research, and practice underlying instructional/academic interventions for students. Systems consultation, organizational change.

EPSY 8815 - Behavioral and Social Emotional Prevention and Intervention

Theories, research, and practice underlying socio-emotional interventions for students. Systems consultation/organizational change.

EPSY 8817 - Problem Analysis and Consultation in School Psychology

Practical application of applied behavioral theory guided by system ecological perspectives in problem-solving with school staff, parents, and students. Theories, stages, and issues of providing indirect services through consultation. Critical analysis of theory and research. Applied project in 8813 practicum placements.

EPSY 8821 - Issues in School Psychology

School psychology as professional field of specialization in psychology/education. Historical, theoretical, and research basis of school psychology. How school systems operate. Common roles/functions of school psychologists. In-class discussion, didactic/field-based assignments.

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