Faculty Research

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Doris Bergen is a Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Emerita. Although she has written on a variety of early childhood and human development topics, a major focus of her research and writing has been on play and humor development issues, including effects of technology-enhanced toys on play, adult memories of childhood play, and gifted children’s humor. Her most recent research has focused on investigating the Event Related Potentials (ERP) elicited when children engage in two types of videogame play. She has published twelve books and over 60 refereed articles and book chapters. She has a new book, Technology Play and Brain Development, co-authored with two faculty colleagues at MU, that will be published by Taylor and Francis in September.


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Professor Boone has worked in the field of Rasch Measurement now for over 20 years. Dr. Boone earned a B.S. in Geology at Indiana University. He then continued studies completing a Master’s degree in Geophysics (Earthquake Seismology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For three years he served as a high school instructor for physics. During that time he was honored for his teaching as a Woodrow Wilson Master Physics Teacher. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (Program in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis) with Benjamin Wright as his thesis advisor. For over 10 years Dr. Boone served as a professor at Indiana University-Bloomington, and for the last 10 years he has served as a professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At Indiana University he was named one of the top 5 teachers at the university. He is the author of over 100 articles and reports, has served on numerous editorial boards, is the co-editor of a book concerning Rasch measurement, is the lead author of Rasch book published by Springer (Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences). He has presented many invited Rasch workshops/talks throughout the world (e.g. Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bosnia, Italy, South Africa). In 2012 he was named a Fulbright Scholar. In 2015 he was named a Miami University Distinguished Research Professor.


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Dr. Amity Noltemeyer is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Miami University. Her research interests include child/adolescent resilience, disproportionality, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in schools. Noltemeyer has authored many journal articles and book chapters, and has also co-edited a book and guest-edited a journal special issue. She also serves as Co-PI to externally funded grants, was a Past President of the Ohio School Psychologists Association, and is Co-Editor of School Psychology International journal. She was awarded the Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professorship from the Miami University Office of the Provost in 2013.


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Leah Wasburn-Moses' area of expertise is in teacher education. She is Project Manager of Miami Connections, an alternative school located on campus that supports both teacher education and youth at risk.


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Dr. Witte recently completed his third textbook (co-editor) in the area of mental health (Mental Health Practice in Today’s Schools: Issues and Interventions [2015] – published by Springer) as well as two educational assessment textbooks (Classroom Assessment for Teachers [2012] published by McGraw-Hill & Assessment in Special Education [2014] published by Pearson). He has published over thirty articles and has contributed a chapter (Best Practices in Facilitating Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students With Learning Disabilities) in Best Practices in School Psychology for the past eleven years. Dr. Witte is currently working with the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center on the systematic assessment of diversity-based practices for all its current medical and mental health practitioners.