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College Student Affairs

  • Wilma J. Henry (Ed.D., 1980, East Texas State University (now Texas A&M), Associate Professor & Coordinator, College Student Affairs M.Ed. program. 
    Research:  Student affairs leadership, Psychosocial issues of Black women in higher education, Organizational culture & group dynamics in higher education.
  • Thomas E. Miller (Ed.D., 1979, Indiana University), Associate Professor (College Student Affairs). 
    Research:
    Prediction and prevention models related to college student persistence, student expectations of college, general student affairs administration, special college student populations, and legal issues in college student affairs.
  • Danielle McDonald (M.Ed, 1996, The University of Georgia), Associate Dean for Students. 
    Research:
    Women in leadership, supervision, mid-level professionals, leadership development, organization development.

 

Counselor Education

  • Herbert A. Exum (Ph.D., 1978, University of Minnesota ), Professor (Counselor Education Program) and Program Coordinator.
    Research:
    Multicultural counseling, psychotherapy, and cognitive development; counselor education and supervision; community mental health; veterans’ affairs; psychological trauma; collaborative research partnerships and diffusion of research into practice.
  • Wendy Greenidge (Ph.D., 2007, University of Central Florida ), Assistant Professor (Counselor Education Program).
    Research: Cross-cultural issues in counseling; Increasing utilization of mental health services through culturally appropriate interventions; Mental Health in the Caribbean; Child and Adolescent Therapy; Infusing technology and expressive therapies in counselor education programs.
  • Cindy M. Topdemir (Ph.D., 2010, University of South Florida), Visiting Assistant Professor (Counselor Education Program) and Coordinator of School Counseling.
    Research: School Counselor accountability; School Counselor advocacy; adolescent girls' self-concept issues; and counselor education.
  • Caroline K. Wilde (Ph.D., 2000, Florida State University), Visiting Assistant Professor (Counselor Education Program).
    Research
    : Rehabilitation counseling; mental health; career development; professional counselor identity; counselor advocacy; and counselor licensure.
  • Carlos P. Zalaquett (Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas at Austin), Professor (Counselor Education Program) and Coordinator of Clinical/Mental Health Counseling.
    Research:
    Psychotherapy and counseling techniques; multicultural counseling; characteristics of successful Latino students; mental health; counselor education; and the skills and abilities to succeed in the 21st century.

 

Educational Psychology

  • Darlene DeMarie (Ph.D., 1988, University of Florida), Associate Professor (Educational Psychology).  
    Research: memory development, children’s strategies for learning and the utilization deficiency period in strategy development; the relation between knowledge and memory; children’s photography as a way to show others an experience; early childhood curriculum; teacher education partnerships to enhance students’ learning.
  • Sarah Kiefer (Ph.D., 2007, University of Illinois), Associate Professor (Educational Psychology) and Program Coordinator. 
    Research:
    Young adolescents’ motivation, how it develops over time, and how it relates to social and academic adjustment in elementary and middle school; the role of peers and classroom contextual factors in shaping social goals and beliefs; help-seeking beliefs and behaviors in the classroom; gender and ethnic differences in young adolescents’ development and adjustment in diverse, urban schools.
  • Lisa Lopez (Ph.D., 2001, University of Miami; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-2004, Harvard University) Associate Professor (Educational Psychology). 
    Research:
    development of bilingual language and literacy skills in English language learners;
    phonological awareness and the cross language transfer of oral language and pre-literacy skills; parent involvement in young children's education; home, family, and cultural factors influencing Latino children's academic achievement; the role of home and classroom experiences on academic achievement in Head Start.
  • Kofi Marfo (Ph.D., 1985, University of Alberta), Professor (Educational Psychology).
    Research:
    early childhood development and school readiness; atypical development and early intervention; parent-child interaction and child development; children’s cognition; socio-emotional development; evaluation of educational interventions; cross-national studies of social policy on early childhood development; childhood disability in developing countries. Community of Science Profile
  • Richard Marshall (Ed.D., 1984, West Virginia University, Reading Education). (Ph.D., 1993, University of Georgia, School Psychology). Associate Professor (Educational Psychology).

    Research:  major focus is translational research aimed at explaining brain-based learning and memory; assessment and treatment of severe emotional and behavior disorders in home and school settings; school-based interventions for emotional and behavioral disorders; child and adolescent brain development; disruptive behavior disorders; childhood psychopathology.   

     

  • Tony X. Tan (Ed.D., 2004, Harvard University), Associate Professor (Educational Psychology).  
    Research:
      adoption, specifically Chinese children's post-adoption social/emotional adjustment and language development, school-aged Chinese adoptees'
    social competence, the relationship between adopted Chinese children's pre-adoption experiences and later adjustment; Chinese adoptees' ethnic identity development;  adoptive mothers concerns about their adopted daughters; the relationship between adopted children's initial rejecting behaviors (first two weeks of adoption) towards the adoptive mothers and their long-term adjustment; childhood trauma, risk and resilience among both adopted and non-adopted children.


School Psychology

  • George M. Batsche (Ed.D., 1978, Ball State University), Professor (School Psychology Program) and Program Coordinator. 
    Research: school violence, bullying, school-based discipline programs; mental health service delivery systems in schools; problem-solving and intervention-based service delivery models; professional practices in school psychology; effectiveness of social-skills training programs in home and school settings; effectiveness of school-based programs for students with health-related disorders.
  • Kathy L. Bradley-Klug (Ph.D., 1997, Lehigh University), Associate Professor (School Psychology Program) and Associate Chair. 
    Research:
      assessment and intervention strategies for children and adolescents with pediatric health issues, development of a collaborative model for improving the communication between educational personnel and health care professionals, and the application of Curriculum-Based Assessment in reading to improve academic success.
  • José M. Castillo (Ph.D., 2009, University of South Florida) Assistant Professor (School Psychology Program).
    Research:
    Data-based evaluation of systems change principles, problem solving/response to intervention service delivery models, professional issues in school psychology, consultation.
  • Michael J. Curtis (Ph.D., 1974, University of Texas at Austin) Emeritus Professor (School Psychology Program).
    Research:
    consultation, collaborative planning and problem solving, organizational/systems change, school-based educational and mental health services delivery systems, professional issues in school psychology.
  • Harold R. Keller (Ph.D., 1968, Florida State University), Professor (School Psychology Program) and Interim Dean of the College of Education.
    Research:  home-school collaboration and caregiver involvement; multiple assessment/intervention approaches, ecological variables, and risk and protective factors for academic and social/emotional problems; continuous progress monitoring in relation to team functioning, teacher decision making, and intervention effectiveness; collaborative research partnerships and diffusion of research into practice.
  • Julia Ogg (Ph.D., 2008, Michigan State University), Assistant Professor (School Psychology).  
    Research: school-based assessment and intervention for children with ADHD and those exhibiting externalizing behaviors; evidence-based parent interventions for externalizing behavior; academic achievement in children exhibiting externalizing behavior; early intervention and prevention for at-risk young children.
  • Linda M. Raffaele-Mendez (Ph.D., 1993, The University of Texas at Austin), Associate Professor (School Psychology). 
    Research:
      home-school-community collaboration (in particular with families whose children have special needs); gender equity in schools; alternatives to suspension and expulsion; preparing parents to assume advocacy roles in child-serving systems; factors related to resiliency among children at risk for school failure.
  • Shannon Suldo (Ph.D., 2004, University of South Carolina), Associate Professor (School Psychology). 
    Research: Developmental course of life satisfaction during youth; positive indicators of children’s psychological well-being and strength-based assessment and treatment; effects of parenting behaviors on adolescent mental health; provision of school-based mental health services, including evidence-based ecological interventions for students with emotional and behavior disorders.

 

Social Foundations

  • Barbara J. Shircliffe (Ph.D., 1997, State University of New York at Buffalo), Associate Professor (Social Foundations of Education) and Program Coordinator.
    Research: history of education; school policy; school desegregation; school community relations; and affects of class, race, gender in structuring policy and outcomes.
  • Paula Cate (M.A., Union College,1980), Instructor; Multi-state professional certification and teaching experience.  Teacher Educator with leadership experience. 
    Research:
    Instructional Communication and the development of Teacher Talent.
  • Deirdre Cobb-Roberts (Ph.D., 1998, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Associate Professor (Social Foundations of Education). 
    Research: history of American higher education; women's educational history; post World War II student-community partnerships; and teacher education and resistance to diversity.
  • Patrick S. De Walt (Ph.D., 2009, University of Colorado at Boulder; M.B.A, 2002, University of Houston-Victoria) Instructor (Social Foundations).
    Research:
    Applications of Africana Studies in K-12 and higher educational contexts; diversity issues in teacher education; and the effects of business model approaches on educational institutions, faculty/staff and students.
  • Sherman Dorn (Ph.D., 1992, University of Pennsylvania), Professor (Social Foundations), Department Chair.
    Research:
      historical and social-science perspectives on high-stakes accountability; Florida education policy; 20th-century history of special education; history of dropping out as demographic phenomenon and concern; educational
    historiography; academic freedom and the war on terror.
  • Erwin V. Johanningmeier (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1967), Emeritus Professor (Social Foundations of Education).
    Research:
    Educational Research, the National Agenda, and Educational Reform-A History by Erwin V. Johanningmeier and Theresa Richardson.  Equality of Educational Opprotunity and Knowledgeable Human Capital: From the Cold War and Sputnik to The Global Economy and No Child left Behind by Erwin V. Johanningmeier. Have co-edited books on educational issues from an international perspective with colleagues from Poland, Russia, Belgium and Portugal.
  • Bradley Rowe (Ph.D., 2012, Ohio State University), Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Foundations of Education. Research: philosophy of education; ecological education; food justice; philosophies of educational inquiry; and literature and philosophy of education.

 

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  • School Psychology
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