Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, GA 30302-3980
My research program has two thrusts; clinical test and assessment method development, and classification research. In the first area my current work centers around a federally funding behavioral and emotional school screening grant aimed at amassing long term predictive validity evidence for brief teacher screeners [Development and Validation of a Screener for Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Elementary and Middle School (R324B060033B , $941,141 for 4 years) (co-pi with Christine DiStefano of the University of South Carolina) U S Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Programs]. In addition, we are collecting validation data for parent and student screeners at the same time. Thus, we expect to inform not only screening validity but also choice of informants and screening gates (1 versus 2). We are already discovering that parental screening is the least practical, at least for our grant performance site, which is the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
With Dr. DiStefano and Drs. Sangwon Kim (Fordham), Ellen Rowe (George Mason), and Erin Dowdy (UC Santa Barbara) I am also studying the natural organization of children's behavioral and emotional adjustment as a prelude to develop new classification and diagnostic systems. We have been clustering teacher, parent, and self-ratings of children's behavior for more than a decade and are starting to see many consistent patterns of behavioral and emotional adjustment (see vita).