Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services are involved in a number of research projects at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Here are some highlights.
Do the “Write” Thing.
A cross-discipline research team co-lead by Sarah Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor of Educational Psychology and Special Services (EPSS), and Josefina V. “Josie” Tinajero, Ed.D., professor of Teacher Education, is conducting research on a national violence prevention program for youth. Other EPSS team members are Carleton Brown, Ph.D., Rick A. Myer, Ph.D., and Richard C. Williams, Ph.D., as well as graduate students. One component of this research examines the program’s effectiveness in the Paso de Norte region. Another aspect analyzes essays written by sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students about the causes and solutions to violence in their communities. The team has access to more than 350,000 essays written over a 10-year period from students across the United States.
Research in Mexico
Beverly Argus-Calvo, Ph.D., associate professor of Educational Psychology and Special Services, leads a team that researches what and how do children learn in times of vulnerability. Her team is made up of members from UTEP’s colleges of Education and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and researchers from La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACH), Departamento de Investigación de la Dirección de Desarrollo Educativo del Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua, and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). Since June 2012 the research team has conducted seven meetings at UTEP to discuss the progress of research. They presented at the World Education Research Association (WERA) in Guanajuato, México, in November 2013, and a year later before the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). In March 2014, the CIESAS conducted a two-day symposium that included team members and CIESAS researchers who provided research insights and feedback. Argus-Calvo received initial interdisciplinary research funding for this program in 2013. An International Affiliation Research Agreement has been signed with each of the institutions involved.