Texas Tech University


Dr. Devender Banda - Special Education

  • Survey of the use of apps by people who are blind when completing activities of daily living
  • The efficacy of Google Glass with people who are blind when completing activities of daily living
  • Orientation and mobility for adults who are totally blind using single-subject design methods

Dr. Lucy Barnard-Brak - Educational Psychology

  • Creating a more effective and efficient SCQ screening for autism spectrum disorder by analyzing data from the National Database of Autism Research using item response theory techniques
  • Examining care coordination between families, health care settings, and schools among children with special health care needs, particularly children with chronic mental health issues.
  • Prescriptively examining 'opportunity to learn' using item response theory techniques to make evidence-based STEM curriculum decisions using Trends in Mathematics and Science Study data.

Dr. Loretta Bradley - Counselor Education

  • Counselor supervision and ethical dilemmas.

Dr. Fanni Coward - Curriculum & Instruction

  • Use psychological factors such as identity, self-concept, and self-efficacy to study the experience of international students and Asian Americans in America.
  • Use Cognitive Load theory as a theoretical background to study if and how individual factors such as gender and learning style can influence the effectiveness of multimedia presentation designs.
  • Study effective ways of preparing pre-service teachers

Dr. Jeanne Donaldson - Research

  • Conducting research evaluating teacher- and student-led class-wide behavior management strategies (in the context of the Good Behavior Game) in four early elementary classrooms
  • Evaluation of time-out procedures to reduce problematic behavior in young children as well as reduce problematic behavior during time-out
  • Assessment and treatment of noncompliance in young children
  • Comparing three different prompting procedures to teach imitation skills to young children with disabilities

Dr. Heather Greenlaugh-Spencer - Curriculum & Instruction

  • Studying barriers to and uses of online technology in schools.

Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley - Special Education/Sowell Center

  • Teachers of students with visual impairments teaching the use of assistive technology to children with blindness
  • Survey of the use of apps by people who are blind when completing activities of daily living
  • The efficacy of Google Glass with people who are blind when completing activities of daily living
  • Orientation and mobility for adults who are totally blind using single-subject design methods
  • Engagement as a solution to teacher retention issues in rural special education

Dr. Doug Hamman - Teacher Preparation

  • Using student voice to determine quality of teacher candidates
  • Effects of video capture on teacher candidates' capability and sense of preparation

Dr. Stephanie Hart - Special Education

  • Conducting research in the areas of BCBA supervision, observational data collection, misophonia, and mid-semester instructor feedback for college courses

Dr. Pat Hawley - Educational Psychology

  • Theoretical underpinnings of effective bullying intervention.
  • Nationwide knowledge and attitudes about evolutionary theory.
  • Ambient cues of climate for women at academic conferences.

Dr. Bret Hendricks - Counselor Education

  • Research projects related to ethics in couples counseling, wellness and counseling ethics, and multicultural implications and professional counseling ethics.

Dr. Dimitra Jackson - Higher Education

  • STEM education and preparation
  • Community College Leadership and transfer students
  • Underrepresented minorities

Dr. Jason Lee - IMMAP

  • Explore alternative delivery systems for weight management in a randomized trial that tests the effectiveness of a phone based weight management program compared to a Second Life program for weight maintenance.
  • Develop, refine, calibrate, and validate the computer adaptive test of the Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) for youth and young adults with and without disabilities.
  • To assess the effectiveness of a sexual health empowerment (SHE Project) intervention to improve cervical health knowledge, reduce barriers to screening that are related to beliefs about cervical cancer, improve self-efficacy for navigating providers and health care systems, and ultimately work towards preventing cervical cancer.
  • To promote health and reduce chronic disease risk among people with mobility impairment through building an evidence base for weight loss by adapting this evidence-based behavioral intervention for those with mobility impairment and evaluating the intervention for usability, feasibility, and effectiveness in this population.

Dr. Mellinee Lesley - Language and Literacy

  • A study on the composing process of male zinesters who began zining as adolescents and continue to do so 15-20 years later.
  • Co-editing a handbook over research on the topic digital media.

Dr. Valerie Paton - Higher Education

  • Leads research on vertical transfer from community colleges to universities

Dr. Rona Pogrund - Special Education

  • Evaluation of an observation rubric to assess teaching effectiveness of teachers of students with visual impairments.
  • Validity and reliability of a scale for itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments to determine service delivery time.
  • Project SASI- Students with Autism and Sensory Impairments evaluation plan (scholar, employer, and stakeholder satisfaction surveys, data collection measures to meet project objectives).

Dr. Dave Richman - Special Education

  • Training Pre-Service Teachers to Implement Instructional Components of Early Intensive Behavioral Education via Telemedicine and In-Vivo
  • Role of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Decision Making
  • Translating the Forgetting Function: Free Recall of Event Frequency
  • Bio behavioral Studies on Emotions in Decision Making in Anxiety Prone Individuals
  • Response Persistence in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Effects of Extinction on Response Class Hierarchies in College Students
  • Assessing Emotion Recognition of Children with and without Autism
  • Making a More Efficient and Effective SCQ Screener for Autism
  • Assessing Preference Between Predictable and Unpredictable Reinforcement
  • Scheduling in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder