Title: Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology; Research Assistant for James Garbarino, Ph.D. and the Center for the Human Rights of Children
M.S., Minnesota State University-Mankato, 2007
My research focuses on the social ecology of children and adolescents in special education with emotional disturbance, and issues related to child maltreatment. My masters capstone project included a qualitative analysis of topics related to the Alignment of the No Child Left Behind Act with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004; The Over-Representation of Minority Students with Emotional Disturbance; and Scientifically Research-Based Educational Interventions and the Sustainability of Academic Achievement for Students with Emotional Disturbance. Subsequently, these investigations in combination with my experience as an educator and as a survivor of child abuse, lead to my dissertation research which is focused on evaluating the human rights of students with emotional disturbance in special education here in the United States. Currently, I have the distinct honor of co-authoring a book chapter with Dr. Garbarino titled An Ecological Perspective on the Human Rights of Children. Additionally, I have been provided the opportunity to serve as the Center’s consultant and trainer in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets to advance and strengthen the developmental and human rights of children. I am a current member of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.