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Research Areas & Collaborative Opportunities


Faculty in the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences are active researchers with expertise in basic and applied fields. Inquiries about collaborative opportunities are welcome.

Faculty Member Department Research Area(s) Methodologies used
Berger, Jim Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research
  • Impact of culture on learning in higher education
  • Case studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative studies
  • Survey research
  • Ethnography
Derryberry, Pitt Psychology
  • Socio-cognitive development during adolescence and the college years
  • Development of moral judgment and self-understanding
  • Experimental design
  • Survey research

Duffin, Lisa

Research webpage:

wku.edu/psychology/research/taq

Psychology
  • Factors that impact academic quality at the K-16 levels, especially within STEM education
  • The power of beliefs within teaching and learning, with an emphasis on impacting change through intervention
  • Case studies
  • Experimental design
  • Field studies
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative studies
  • Survey research
Dye, Lacretia Counseling & Student Affairs
  • Multicultural studies/diversity issues
  • Impact of mindfulness on students (K-12, college)
  • Usefulness of yoga/meditation/mindfulness with varied disorders
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative studies
Evans, Sam Teacher Education
  • Affective characteristics of effective teachers
  • Transformative educator preparation
  • Student success
  • Leadership
  • Teacher candidate impact on P-12 student learning
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Survey research
  • Document analysis

Farmer, Ryan

Research webpage:

researchgate.net/profile/Ryan_Farmer3

Psychology
  • Evidence-based assessment in school psychology and applied behavior analysis
  • Psychometric qualities of standardized assessment instruments
  • Dissemination and implementation science related to EBA
  • Functional behavior interventions
  • Experimental design
  • Single case design
  • Survey research
Galloway Burke, Monica Counseling & Student Affairs
  • Diversity in higher education
  • Career preparation for graduate students
  • Impact of social issues on society
  • Helping skills for working with college students
  • Experimental design
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research
Grieve, Rick Psychology
  • Male body image
  • Sport fan behavior
  • Experimental design
  • Field studies
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative studies

Houchens, Gary

Research webpages:

schoolleader.typepad.com

works.bepress.com/gary-houchens

Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research
  • School leadership
  • School improvement
  • Education policy
  • How teacher perceptions of academic conditions in their schools can be used to predict student achievement outcomes and help shape school improvement efforts
  • Case studies
  • Qualitative studies
  • Survey research
Huang, Xiaoxia Teacher Education
  • Instructional design and technology
  • Designing and evaluating technology-supported learning environments in various settings to facilitate cognitive, affective, and motivational processes in learning.
  • Experimental studies
  • Survey research
  • Case studies
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
Keesey, Sue Teacher Education
  • Literacy instruction for struggling/diverse learners
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy/instruction
  • Behavioral strategies for promoting student learning
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Single case design
Myers, Carl Psychology
  • Assessment of autism
  • Validity of behavior rating scale assessments
  • Experimental design
  • Single case design
  • Survey research
Noel, Christina Teacher Education
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Students with autism spectrum disorders
  • International education experiences
  • Single case design
Norman, Tony

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Psychology

  • Program Evaluation
  • Accreditation and Assessment
  • Educational Leadership
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative studies
  • Survey research
Ochs, Sarah Psychology
  • Identifying youth at risk for academic, behavioral, and mental health concerns
  • Using technology to improve screening and assessment systems for youth
  • Exploring how assessment systems function differently across diverse populations
 

Paganelli, Andrea

Research webpage:

andreapaganelli.com

Teacher Education
  • Innovative Library Practices
  • Technology in the Teacher Education
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Digital Storytelling
  • eBooks
  • Makerspaces
  • Coding for Kids
  • Case studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative studies
Paquin, Tony Psychology
  • Cross-cultural issues related to improving effectiveness in organizations
  • Cross cultural issues related to date rape
  • Inter-rater agreement
  • Experimental design
  • Field studies
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research

Redifer, Jenni

Research webpage:

wku.edu/psychology/research/aml

Psychology
  • Cognitive strategy instruction
  • Working memory capacity and strategy use
  • Impact of cognitive load on performance
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Experimental design
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research
Sauerheber, Jill Counseling & Student Affairs
  • Self-efficacy of counseling trainees
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Relationships among marital satisfaction, political ideology and religious strength
  • Survey research
Smith, Kandy Teacher Education
  • Response to Intervention (K-12)
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Case studies
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative studies
Stobaugh, Rebecca Teacher Education
  • Integration of technology into P-12 education
  • Critical thinking in P-12 classrooms
  • Teaching strategies
  • High-impact teaching strategies
  • Assessment of learning in P-12 classrooms
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research
Szymanski, Antonia Teacher Education
  • Teacher professional development
  • Gifted education
  • K-12 student motivation
  • Differentiation
  • Mathematics
  • Mindfulness
  • Case studies
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative studies
  • Survey research

Tassell, Janet

Research webpage:

researchgate.net/profile/Janet_Tassell

Teacher Education
  • Math Mindfulness
  • Math Anxiety
  • Productive Struggle
  • Gifted Math Children and Strategies
  • Real World Learning Framework
  • Video Gaming Impact on Math Achievement
  • Math Comic books
  • Case studies
  • Experimental design
Thornberry, Tim Psychology
  • Evidence-based practice of psychology with children and families
  • Analog behavior observations of children and families in clinical settings
  • Factors influencing public health, rural health, and behavioral health initiatives (e.g., smoking cessation, pediatric obesity, substance misuse)
  • Case studies
  • Experimental design
  • Focus groups
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research

Wilson, Kristin

Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research
  • College persistence
  • Marginalized college student populations
  • Policy analysis in post-secondary education
  • Qualitative studies
  • Case studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Phenomenology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Ethnography

Wininger, Steve

Research webpage:

wku.edu/psychology/research/motivation

Psychology
  • Identifying key strategies for regulating exercise intensity
  • Impact of cognitive processing (esp. multi-tasking) on self-selected exercise intensity
  • Identifying common psychology myths, especially as they relate to teaching
  • Experimental design
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research
  •  Instrument development
Wolf, Cheryl Counseling & Student Affairs
  • Career development
  • College & career readiness
  • Wellness and self-care
  • Diversity and multicultural spirituality
  • Applied research with community members, schools, business leaders, to improve processes and training
  • Focus groups
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey research
Zhao, Qin Psychology
  • Impact of metacognitive and motivational processes on performance and psychological well-being
  • Cultural differences in metacognitive beliefs and performance outcomes of such differences.
  • Experimental design
  • Survey research
  • Field studies

For additional information about our research, see the faculty profiles in Counseling & Student Affairs, Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, Psychology, and Teacher Education. To learn more about research collaboration opportunities in the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, contact Jenni Redifer, Assistant to the Dean for Research.


 

 

 


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 Last Modified 9/11/18