Research interests include school psychology, autism spectrum disorders, English language learners.
My research program is focused broadly on current practices in school psychology and educational service delivery, with a triad of topics that include autism spectrum disorders, English language learners, the intersection of school psychology and special education law, and childhood sexuality/sexuality education. My program has been developed based on a commitment to conducting projects that relate directly to practice and ultimately to service delivery. The specific topics investigated have been shaped by my experiences as both a practitioner and a course instructor. Below are brief descriptions of my primary areas of research interest.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
During my years as a full‐time practitioner in the field, I developed an expertise and a keen interest in practical problems associated with children with disabilities. Specifically, I found that I enjoyed working with children who had autism spectrum disorders, and I authored two state‐supported grants which helped to develop autism assessment and intervention teams in two rural Colorado school districts. I continue to be interested in the development of assessment teams within the educational setting and the differences in assessment, diagnosis and intervention services among the states.
Because of a district need I became involved in the special education evaluation of students who were English Language Learners (ELL), and have translated this experience into an area of research interest. Specifically, I am interested in evaluating the use of interpreters during assessments in terms of both the impact on client performance and the impact on standardization procedures. Additionally, I am interesting in exploring the impact of professional development trainings on service delivery for children who are ELL.
School Psychology and Special Education Law
I continue to be interested in the intersection of law with special education and the practice of school psychology. My experience as a witness in due process hearing cases has resulted in the initiation of a research project surveying school psychologists about due process hearing experiences and how these experiences might relate to graduate‐level training needs as well as on‐going professional development.
Childhood Sexuality and Sexuality Education
I have been the primary instructor of the Human Sexuality course since my arrival at SHSU, and thus have more recently integrated this area of interest into my program of research. I am particularly interested in the intersection of education and sexuality related to both the impact of education on student knowledge and behavior and how educators address the needs of sexual minority youth.