CHDLT Faculty Associates

Educational Psychology

Doris Bergen
Doris Bergen’s research interests have included international evaluation of cross-cultural programs for young children, development of play and humor in early and middle childhood, effects of technology-augmented toys, adult memories of their childhood play, gifted children’s humor development, social interactions of children with special needs, effects of early phonological awareness levels on later reading ability, and developmental effects of international adoptions. Her most recent research involves investigating the Event Related Potentials (ERP) elicited in children’s brains when they are engaged in two types of videogame play. Through the Center, she also has collaborated with colleagues on a wide range of evaluation research projects for state and local agencies. She is a Miami University Distinguished Scholar, having published 13 books and over 70 book chapters and journal articles.

William Boone
William Boone, Department of Educational Psychology. My primary research interests are test design, survey design, test analysis, survey analysis, and psychometrics (Rasch Measurement). Please contact me for more information.

Kristy Brann
Kristy Brann, Department of Educational Psychology.  My research focuses on supporting the implementation of multi-tiered school mental health programs.  My primary research interests include best practices for early identification and intervention of mental health need and supporting teacher school mental health literacy.  I am interested in collaborating with faculty or students on topics related to school mental health.

Darrel Davis
Darrel Davis, Department of Educational Psychology. My current research interests are play activities and spaces, teaching and learning in the online environment, and the use of technology in diverse and developing settings.

Amity Noltemeyer
Amity Noltemeyer, Department of Educational Psychology. My primary research interests include Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, resilience, and disproportionality in school discipline. I co-manage several externally funded grants. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in collaborating.

James Swartz
Jim Swartz, Department of Educational Psychology. My primary research interests are Qualitative Research Methods, and Instructional Design and Technology, and I am working on an ongoing project with Dr. Michele Dickey. I would love to pursue collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in transition from traditional classroom teaching to distance education, please contact me for more information.

Aimin Wang
Aimin Wang, Department of Educational Psychology.

Sarah Watt
Sarah Watt, Department of Educational Psychology. My primary research interests are examining effective interventions in math and science for students with learning disabilities, and analyzing inclusive educational frameworks to support a range of learners, and I am working on an ongoing project with Talawanda and Hamilton Public Schools. I would love to pursue collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in these areas, please contact me for more information.

Teacher Education

Nathaniel Bryan
Nathaniel Bryan, Department of Teacher Education

Michael Evans

Michael Evans, Departments of Educational Leadership & Teacher Education. My primary research interest is grassroots approaches to family, school and community partnerships. I am currently involved in an ongoing project focused on the Opt Out Movement and its impact on educational policy. My next project is going to focus on Parent Universities (community-based parent education programs). I am open to collaborating with interested students and/or faculty members. Please contact me for more information

Tracey Hoffman
Tracey Hoffman, Department of Teacher Education and Prekindergarten Coordinator for regional campuses. My primary research interests are: quality childcare, early intervention, and young children and families. I would love to pursue collaboration with any faculty members interested in these areas. Please contact me at for more information.

Thomas Misco
Thomas Misco, Department of Teacher Education. My primary research interests are in controversial issue education within the context of democratic citizenship education.


Stacey Lowery Bretz
Stacey Lowery Bretz, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. My research interests are in developing assessment measures to diagnose chemistry misconceptions, investigating how students construct and interpret multiple chemistry representations across the macroscopic, symbolic, & particulate domains, meaningful learning of chemistry, and experiments, taxonomies, and rubrics for inquiry learning in the chemistry laboratory. Collaborations are welcome and any prospective undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to contact Dr. Bretz at or visit

Ellen Yezierski
Ellen Yezierski, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. My research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry with a focus on the dynamics of teaching chemistry and teacher change. The goal of our work is to markedly reform instruction and improve learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods which explore particulate-centered curricula, teacher beliefs and change, questioning strategies, chemistry self-concept, evaluating external representation use in inquiry instruction, alignment between stated and enacted curricula, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. My group is enthusiastic about collaborating with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from complementary disciplines. Learn more about our work at


Chris Myers
Chris Myers, Project Dragonfly, Department of Biology. My current research involves inquiry-driven education, community engagement, and species coexistence at local and global scales. Our team is currently building on national and global partnerships for participatory education and conservation. I would be interested in collaboration with other faculty members with any future projects related to these topics.

Family Science and Social Work

Veronica R. Barrios
Veronica R. Barrios, Assistant Professor, Family Science and Social Work. Dr. Barrios’ research focuses on understanding and exposing the culture of nondisclosure of sexual violence. She integrates theory, research, and practice, to assist in increasing social accountability for continued sexual violence. Dr. Barrios works with survivors of sexual violence to inform family and social practices that silence, and to develop training for mental health practitioners around sexual abuse trauma and transformative interviewing in practice. Another area of research which Dr. Barrios engages in is understanding how to work with, research, and teach about Latinx Families in the United States.

Kevin Bush

Anthony James
Anthony James, Department of Family Studies and Social Work. My primary research interests are positive youth development, family processes, and program evaluation. I am working on an ongoing project with Kevin Bush and Amity Noltemeyer (i.e., program evaluation). I would love to pursue collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in positive youth development and/or religion and spirituality across the lifespans of childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, please contact me for more information.

Katherine Kuvalanka
Katherine A. Kuvalanka earned her Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University. Her research has focused on families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) family members. She is interested in factors ranging from the proximal (e.g., individual, family, school) to the distal (e.g., legal climate) that pose challenges to, and foster resilience among, families with LGBTQ members. She has received funding from the Williams Institute at the University of California–Los Angeles School of Law, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Foundation. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and the Journal of Youth & Adolescence and is the principal investigator of the Trans*Kids Project (, a longitudinal study of 50 families with transgender and gender-diverse children.

W. Sean Newsome
W. Sean Newsome, Department of Family Science and Social Work.

Elise Radina
Dr. M. Elise Radina is a Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University (Oxford, OH). Dr. Radina is a qualitative methodologist whose research focuses broadly on families and health with a particular emphasis on mid and later life women in family contexts.(e.g., breast cancer survivorship, positive aging, breast cancer-related lymphedema). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in Cancer Nursing, Family Relations, the Journal of Family Nursing, Nursing Research, and the Journal of Family Theory & Review. She serves on the Journal of Family Theory & Review. Her co-edited book published by Taylor & Francis, Real Stories of How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond “Themes Emerged” (with A. Humble) was published in 2018.

Amy Roberts

Sherrill Sellers
Dr. Sherrill L. Sellers is a Professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University and an Adjunct Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research. Her research program centers on the examination of the impact of social inequalities on mental and physical health and in social institutions. She studies the mental and physical health consequences of social inequalities; intersections of race, genetics, and health; and aging and the life course. Her research on inequalities in social institutions attempts to make more visible the processes that differentially impact race and gender groups. Dr. Sellers has successfully led several interdisciplinary research teams and garnered NSF and NIH funding to pursue her research. She specializes in mixed methods, scale development, and the formation and assessment of diversity and inclusion teaching and training efforts. Her published works appear in American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Genetics and Medicine among others.  She frequently reviews articles for leading journals and has sat on multiple editorial boards, such as Issues in Race and Society: An International, Global Journal.

En-Jung Shon
Dr. Shon joined the faculty at the Department of Social Science and Social Work as an Assistant Professor in August of 2018. She earned her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work is focused on reducing health disparities among middle-aged and older minority groups in the U.S. Her research focuses on investigating how multiple components (psychosocial factors, cultural characteristics, and service accessibility) of ethnic minorities operate together in the prevention and management for chronic diseases. Her research has the potential to contribute to establishing and disseminating culturally relevant services for underserved ethnic minority groups, with the ultimate goal of reducing health disparities.

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Amber Franklin
I conduct clinical research aimed at developing an effective, evidence-based, and theoretically-motivated pronunciation improvement program for English Language Learners. My research and teaching interests include clinical approaches to accent modification, adult cross-linguistic phonetics and phonology, child phonology, social-cultural communication and scholarship of teaching and learning. I am also the director of the English Language Learning Pronunciation Lab.

Kelly Knollman-Porter
Research Focus 1: Provide evidence and establish guidelines for implementing intervention programs that either support use of currently available assistive technology tools or promote the development of new tools to help people with aphasia comprehend written information independently and without the need for material modification.
Research Focus 2: Establish evidence based gestural compensatory techniques and strategies that incorporate family education and training to support auditory comprehension for individuals with severe and chronic aphasia.
Research Focus 3: Examine the long-term effects of concussive and subconcussive head impacts on neurobehavioral and neurocognitive performance among collegiate varsity and recreational athletics. I would be interested in pursuing more multidisciplinary research projects which address the cognitive, behavioral, emotional or communication challenges associated with acquired or progressive neurologic disease processes. I would be interested in collaborating with other faculty members on current or future projects, and it would be appropriate for undergraduate or graduate students to contact me if interested in assisting with my current projects. I only ask that they provide a resume when contacting me about future project involvement.

Arnold Olszewski
Arnold (A.J.) Olszewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. My research involves developing and evaluating interventions to promote early literacy skills in young children at risk for literacy-related disabilities, including children living in poverty, bilingual children, and children with health conditions. I am specifically interested in utilizing principles of implementation science to promote feasibility and sustainability of interventions in real-world settings. I welcome collaboration with other faculty or students with related interests.

Trace Poll
Gerard (Trace) Poll, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.  My research focuses on improving assessment practices in order to improve access to services for adolescents and young adults at risk for language disorders.  I am focused on developing and validating assessments of social communication skills, particularly for the transition for school to work and community settings.  My goals also include identifying characteristic vulnerabilities of adolescents with language disorders in order to develop screening tasks that more efficiently identify individuals with a language disorder.  I would be happy to discuss collaboration with faculty or students who share related interests.

Kinesiology and Health

Karly Geller

Thelma Horn
Thelma Horn, Department of Kinesiology and Health. My primary research and scholarly activities centre around the study of children, adolescents, and young adults in sport and physical activity contexts. In particular, I conduct research to examine if and how the behaviours of important adults (e.g., parents, coaches, teachers) influence the performance, attitudes, and behaviours of sport and physical activity participants. At this time, I am in the process of finishing up a number of faculty/student research projects and converting the results into manuscripts to be submitted for publication. Anyone interested in this work can contact me for further information.

Valerie Ubbes
Valerie Ubbes, Department of Kinesiology and Health. My primary research interests are Fruit & Vegetable Habits of Children and Health Literacy, and I am working on a school gardening evaluation project with two undergraduate students, Katie Blodgett and Aubrey Kluth. I welcome additional collaboration with students and faculty members interested in this project so please contact me for more information. You are also welcome to contact me about my Digital Literacy Partnership with the Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University Libraries. Check out my three databases that “promote the contribution of literacy, health, and technology on learning” @

Rose Marie Ward
Rose Marie Ward, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Affiliate of Statistics, Affiliate of Psychology. My primary research interests are college student alcohol consumption. Currently, we are examining blackouts, drunkorexia, academic consequences of alcohol consumption, and sexual assault in my lab. I would love to pursue collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in college student alcohol consumption, please contact me for more information.


Paul Flaspohler
Paul Flaspohler, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests are in program evaluation and action research. I am working on several projects addressing community issues including school mental health, dating violence, and infant mortality. I would love to collaborate with students and faculty members interested in evaluation and program planning. Please contact me for more information.

Jennifer Green
While my position as a clinical faculty member does not involve research, I work with graduate and undergraduate students to gain applied experiences in psychology. One of my primary roles has been to coordinate clinical training for the Center for School Based Mental Health Programs and to provide supervision for graduate students working in the local elementary schools. Undergraduate and graduate students working in my lab have the opportunity to learn about and help to implement the Incredible Years program which is an evidenced based program designed to support children’s social, emotional and behavioral development. Related to my interest in school mental health, I have collaborated with graduate students and faculty from different disciplines to explore challenges inherent in moving clinical psychology from traditional settings (e.g., community mental health, private practice) to schools. I have also collaborated in research exploring the interdisciplinary nature of school mental health and the importance of collaboration across disciplines.
Joshua Magee

Yvette Harris
For several years, my research has been grounded in the theoretical perspective of Vygotsky, and explored the environmental contributions to cognitive development by examining the strategies that mothers use as they engage their children in a learning activity, exploring how those strategies correlate with young children’s problem solving and cognitive competence, investigating how their strategies vary according to maternal beliefs, task, and task demands, and examining at what point in time do young children benefit from parental teaching/learning interactions. The research has been supported by National Science Foundation, Miami University, the Murray Center and Proctor and Gamble. Currently, I have a new line of research focusing on the challenges of family reunification as parents return from prison.

Vrinda Kalia

Jonathan Kunstman
Jonathan Kunstman, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests involve understanding the psychological experience of power and motivational approaches to improving intergroup (primarily interracial) interactions from both minority and majority perspectives. Currently my work explores how emphasizing the social rewards and punishments associated with power shapes the high-power experience. My work also tests power’s effect on social cognition (e.g., perspective-taking, dehumanization). I am also exploring how minority group members’ beliefs about Whites’ egalitarian motives (i.e., perceiving Whites as primarily motivated by concerns with appearing prejudiced as opposed to truly egalitarian motives) shapes early aspects of perception (e.g., emotion perception, interpersonal sensitivity). I would love to pursue collaboration with students and faculty interested in power and intergroup relations, please contact me for more information.

Elizabeth Kiel Luebbe
Elizabeth Kiel, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests are in the development of anxiety-spectrum outcomes in young children, and what it is like to parent children at risk for anxiety. I am working on an ongoing longitudinal study that examines temperamental risk for anxiety and parenting from age 1 to 6. I would be interested in developing collaborations with other faculty who do work in school readiness, as I am developing interests in how socioemotional development impacts adjustment to kindergarten. I am also interested in collaborating on projects related to emotion processes that occur in families.

Aaron Luebbe
Aaron Luebbe, Department of Psychology. My research focuses on how family relationships, emotion processes, and biological responses to stress interact to put children and teenagers at risk for depression and anxiety. Current projects focus on the socialization and regulation of positive emotions, in particular, and my lab uses varied methodologies such as surveys, behavioral observation, salivary hormone collection, and functional near infrared spectrometry. I am always open to collaboration with students or other faculty and can be contacted by email at

Joshua Magee
While most people experience unwanted thinking, the emotional consequences vary widely among individuals, and can sometimes contribute to clinically impairing problems like anxiety disorders or nicotine dependence. My SCOUT lab focuses primarily on unwanted thoughts, images, and urges that are implicated in chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. Our research evaluates the mechanisms that differentiate “normal” intrusive thinking from “abnormal” intrusive thinking, and attempts to translate working models of unwanted thinking from anxiety to areas such as nicotine dependence and older adulthood. Currently most of my research effort is dedicated to a K23 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled "Text Message Support to Prevent Smoking Relapse in Community Treatment Settings." In this project, we are conceptualizing nicotine craving as a type of unwanted thinking and designing a technology-informed intervention to coach individuals through cravings during quit attempts.

Dawna-Cricket-Martita Meehan
Cricket Meehan, Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests are K-12 school mental/behavioral health and K-12 student/youth success & wellness. I am currently working on the following projects: Making Ohio AWARE: Building Statewide Mental Health First Aid Capacity, Positive Transformations for Ohio Schools: Building Statewide Positive Supports, Evaluation of Parent Project/Why Try (PP/WT) Programs, Evaluation of Butler County’s Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC), and Research Partner for Butler County’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).  I would love to pursue collaboration with any staff, students, and faculty members interested in issues related to K-12 non-academic barriers to learning and school mental/behavioral health.

Vaishali Raval
My research examines parenting, emotion and emotion communication in the family context, and child health outcomes in international populations and ethnic minority groups in the United States, particularly Asians and Asian Americans.

April Smith
April Smith, Department of Psychology. The ultimate goal of my research program is to reduce suicide-related morbidity and mortality, particularly among individuals with eating disorders. My most recent work, which includes a meta-analysis (Smith et al., in press; Smith et al., in press), examines whether eating disorders are longitudinal predictors of suicidality. This work highlights the crucial need for methodologically rigorous research to more conclusively determine the nature of the association between eating disorders and suicidality, as well as the timing of the mortality risk. My work also investigates factors that may make individuals susceptible to both disordered eating and suicidal behavior—such as interoceptive deficits. Interoception refers to being aware of emotional and physical sensations in the body (e.g., hunger, cold, heart rate, anxiety). People with interoceptive deficits are literally “out of touch” with their bodies. This disconnect from the body may facilitate self-injury. Our research supports this supposition, and suggests that interoceptive deficits not only differentiate those who think about suicide from those who engage in suicidal behavior, but may also provide information about who is at imminent risk for suicidal behavior (Forest et al., 2015; Smith et al., 2017). Finally, I am very interested in translating my research to intervention platforms that are inexpensive and widely accessible. To that end I am working to develop accessible (i.e., computer and smartphone based) interventions for disordered eating.

Brooke Spangler
Brooke R. Spangler, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests include pedagogical interventions and the scholarship of teaching and learning and socioemotional development in at-risk youth. I am currently working on a project determining how small-group discussions in a large lecture class impact student outcomes. I would love to pursue collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in projects concerning student outcomes and best practices in SoTL.

Christopher Wolfe
Christopher Wolfe, Department of Psychology. My primary research interests are higher-order cognition particularly medical decision making, judgment and decision making, reasoning and argumentation cognitive technologies, and assessing learning outcomes. I am working on an ongoing project developing an intelligent tutoring system to help women understand and make decisions about genetic testing and breast cancer risk. I would be interested in collaboration with any students or faculty members interested in these topics. Please contact me for more information.


Cameron Hay-Rollins
Cameron Hay-Rollins, Department of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Global Health Studies minor. My research strengths are in mixed methods, qualitative and ethnographic research and analysis. As a medical and psychological anthropologist my abiding interests are in how people cope with illness and disease. I participate in multiple, collaborative ongoing research projects including studies on pediatric clinical communications, well-being with sickle cell disease, pediatric stroke, and infant mortality, some of which might be open to student involvement in research, however I am on leave in Fall 2015, so interested students would need to wait until Spring 2016 to pursue collaborations. I am also interested in pursuing other collaborative research projects with faculty members that address issues in global health, health disparities, and clinical communications.

Educational Leadership

Brittany Aronson
Brittany Aronson is an Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Foundations in Educational Leadership at Miami University. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Tennessee and she also holds two certificates in Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Policy. Brittany’s research and teaching are grounded in issues of critical social justice for both future and practicing educators. Her research interests include critical teacher preparation, social justice education, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, and educational policy. These interest stem from her former elementary school teaching experiences and current work with teacher education. Her research couples her cultural studies and social foundations in education background with current contemporary issues. She has been published in Review of Educational Research, Journal of Critical Policy Studies, Teachers College Record, and Multicultural Perspectives.

Suzanne Klatt
Suzanne Klatt is Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Miami University Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Center. She is a therapist, clinical and community social worker (The Ohio State University), and earned her PhD from Miami University’s Educational Leadership Program. Suzanne was a clinical fellow trained in anti-oppressive practices/therapies, working with indigenous peoples, and mindfulness based stress reduction at the University of New Mexico.

EHS Technology

Hitash Naik