This page outlines the research projects I've had the opportunity to develop, conduct, or support. The most recent project, described at the top of the page is my dissertation research. Each heading is paired with a project description and includes a selection of writing and/or products that were developed as a result of the project.

Promoting Inclusion through Positive Behavior Supports in Preschool

This grant funded project was designed to increase collaboration and develop an ongoing partnership between special education and early childhood education faculty and staff, to improve the inclusive climate within the university preschool program, to provide training and support to preschool faculty and staff around positive behavior supports, and to examine and publish the fidelity of implementation, social validity, and child level data resulting from the project.

Talk to Your Baby Study: An Evaluation of the WIC Early Childhood Language Compaign

This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational video that encourages parents to talk to their infants that will be shown at WIC clinics across the state of Georgia. Specifically, we are collecting pre-test data on the average vocabulary of 18-23 month old infants to establish a baseline. The WIC clinic will start showing the video while parents wait for their appointments. Six to twelve months after the videos are introduced we will measure the vocabulary of 18-23 month old infants again.

The Effects of Tiered Instruction on Conversational Turn Taking

During the 2009-2010 school year, I piloted a study examining the effects of tiered instruction on the frequency of conversational turn taking for children with and without disabilities in an inclusive preschool program. The elements of the tiered instructional model included universal design for learning, peer mediated instruction, and milieu teaching. Each child was provided with a different level of intervention based on his/her individual needs. I then conducted the study again during the 2010-2011 school year in a different classroom using an increasing intensity across subjects, single subject research design. Results were variable across children; however, the amount of data collected and variables analyzed will lead to a variety of possibilities for future research and writing.

Research Proposal - Lit Review and Methods

Graphed child results with overall trend lines

Universal Design for Learning Fidelity Measure

Quality Preschool Systems Project 

During the 2007-2008 school year I was involved in a collaborative research project examining the the development of a quality preschool system. My role in the project was to serve as a coach for 3 of the 5 participating leadership teams to support their progress throughout the year and collect ongoing data from each team. In addition, I assisted in the development of a rating rubric intended to support leadership teams through the process of developing their preschool system.

An introduction to the Preschool Systems Model

Quality Preschool Systems Rating Rubric

Sample data summary

Naturalistic Language Intervention Study

During the spring of 2007 I was involved in a single subject research project with my advisor Dr. Sanna Harjusola-Webb. The study examined the effects of a naturalistic communication intervention on the language outcomes of 3 preschool boys with autism. We trained seven teachers on the intervention procedures during individualized meetings, and collected data for adult-child interactions in the natural environment over a period of 6 months. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention and reveal a relationship between teacher fidelity and child communication.

Graphic results summary

Early Intervention Project

During the fall of 2006 I conducted a qualitative study on the role of the early interventionist at an early childhood research and training center in northeast Ohio. Using cultural interviews and notated observations, I created an ethnographic interpretation of life as an early interventionist at the center.

Narrative results summary