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Research in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences


Research is an important part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students and faculty work together to conduct research on a wide variety of topics in laboratories and classrooms. Faculty in CEBS use a variety of methods to investigate questions relevant to counseling, education, leadership, and psychology.

Student Research

Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

Faculty Research Areas & Collaborative Opportunities

Student Research

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All CEBS departments have opportunities for student involvement in research, and some offer course credit for research activities. With the help of faculty, students who conduct research in CEBS:

  • Help design and plan research studies
  • Collect data from adult and child research participants
  • Analyze data and test hypotheses
  • Present research findings at local, national, and international conferences
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed academic journals

Video: Psychology graduate student Carrie French discusses the exercise and cognition research she’s conducting in Dr. Steve Wininger’s lab

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Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

These resources can guide faculty in their mentorship of undergraduate researchers:

How to Engage Undergraduates in Research

Salient Practices of Undergraduate Resources

Engaging Undergraduates in Publishable Research: Best Practices

Undergraduate Research Teams that Build Bridges, Produce Publishable Research, and Strengthen Grant Proposals

Interested in joining the Council on Undergraduate Research? Membership is FREE for WKU faculty and students. Click here for instructions on how to join.

Additional resources to support undergraduate research are available through the WKU Office of Research and Creative Activity.


Faculty Research Areas & Collaborative Opportunities

Faculty Member Department Research Area(s) Methodologies used
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
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

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 9/23/19