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Research Wednesdays Presentations

Research Wednesdays presentations are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 12 p.m. in College of Education & Human Development room 1030. A light lunch will be served to those who RSVP to Erin Whitney in the CEHD’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at 404-413-8090 or

Fall 2014

September 3
“Math Understanding and Achievement of African American Students”
Marilyn Strutchens, Auburn University

Marilyn Strutchens is the program coordinator of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in Auburn University’s College of Education & Human Development. She also serves as co-director of Transforming East Alabama Mathematics (TEAMMath). Strutchens conducts research on topics related to increasing the mathematical understanding and achievement of African American students, increasing parental involvement in children’s mathematics education, and enhancing teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in order to increase students’ mathematical achievement.

October 1
“Effective Instruction for Students with Behavior Disorders”
Terrance M. Scott, University of Louisville

Terrance M. Scott is a professor and distinguished university scholar in the Department of Special Education at the University of Louisville. His research interests include prevention science as applied to schools (primary, secondary and tertiary), effective instruction for students with behavioral disorders; functional behavior assessment and function-based intervention; sustainability of evidence-based practice in school settings; and classroom management, ecology and context as a factor in student success rates.

November 5

“History of African American Education”
James Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Anderson’s past research has focused on the history of African American education in the South from 1860-1935, the history of higher education desegregation in southern states, the history of public school desegregation, institutional racism, and the representation of Blacks in secondary school history textbooks. His current research projects include the history of African American public higher education and the development of African American school achievement in the 20th century.

Spring 2015

January 14
“Participatory Research to Inform Local Mental Health Programming in New Orleans Schools”
Bonnie Nastasi, Tulane University

Bonnie Nastasi’s research focuses on the use of mixed methods designs to develop and evaluate culturally-appropriate assessment and intervention approaches for promoting mental health and reducing health risks, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, both domestically and internationally. She has worked in Sri Lanka since 1995 on development of school-based programs to promote psychological well-being and directed a multi-country study of psychological well-being of children and adolescents with research partners in 12 countries from 2008-2013.

February 4
“Ideologies of Language, Race and Nation in the United States”
Jennifer Leeman, George Mason University

Jennifer Leeman is an associate professor of Hispanic linguistics at George Mason University and a research sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau. Her current research focuses on ideologies of language, race and nation in the U.S.; language policy and language access in multilingual societies; the sociopolitics of language education; critical approaches to teaching Spanish as a heritage language; and multilingual surveys. Leeman’s recent publications include a study of the discursive role of Spanish in the racialization of Latinos in the U.S. Census; an analysis of accent discrimination in Arizona educational policy; and an examination of competing constructions of limited English proficiency in federal language policies.

April 1
“Device-Augmented Training Strategies to Enhance Mobility in Cerebral Palsy”
Diane Damiano, National Institutes of Health

Diane Damiano is the chief of functional and applied biomechanics section of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center. A physical therapist by training, Damiano holds a Ph.D. in research methods/biomechanics from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and an bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Catholic University. Before joining the Clinical Center, she worked in the Department of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Damiano’s area of expertise is in the investigation of both existing and novel rehabilitation approaches in children with cerebral palsy. Several years ago, she was one of the first researchers to recognize that spastic muscles were weak and needed strengthening. Her work in this area has helped to revolutionize the treatment of these patients. Damiano’s most recent interest is in the role of physical activity in enhancing motor coordination and promoting neural recovery in those with brain injuries.