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Congratulations to Educational Psychology Graduate Students Kursten Butler and Emily Tarconish

Congratulations to Educational Psychology Graduate Students Kursten Butler and Emily Tarconish who are being recognized on March 18th, at the Neag Alumni Awards Celebration!

ICYMI: National Pub STAT Covers Work by Prof. Eric Loken

Statistician Andrew Gelman, of Columbia University, and Eric Loken, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, say scientists have bought into a “fallacy” — that if a statistically significant result emerges from a “noisy” experiment, a.k.a. one with many variables that are difficult to account for, that result is by definition a sound one.


CBER Celebrates 10 Years of Success

The Center for Behavioral Education and Research celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 14. The celebration highlighted the Center’s accomplishments and recognized the leadership of founding director, Dr. George Sugai.

For those of who were unable to attend in person, enjoy photos from the event here. You can also find CBER highlights here.  To learn more about CBER, visit the website, where you can check out the projects presently underway as well as the interests of CBER researchers.

Dr. Brandi Simonsen, Dr. Michael Coyne, Vice Provost Sally Reis, Dr. George Sugai, and Dean Gladis Kersaint at 10th Anniversary Celebration for CBER (Center for Behavior Education & Research)

Dr. Brandi Simonsen, Dr. Michael Coyne, Vice Provost Sally Reis, Dr. George Sugai, and Dean Gladis Kersaint at 10th Anniversary Celebration for CBER (Center for Behavior Education & Research)

Gubbins Nets National Award for Math Unit

EPSY Professor E. Jean Gubbins  and a group of Neag School alumni have received a 2016 Curriculum Network Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in recognition of a math unit titled “Geometry & Measurement for All Shapes & Sizes,” developed for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. The unit was developed by Gubbins as well as alumni Shelbi Cole’10 Ph.D.Nancy Heilbronner ’09 Ph.D.Jeffrey Corbishley ’07 (ED)Jennifer Savino ’12 Ph.D., and Rachel McAnallen ’11 Ph.D. The awards competition seeks to identify different curriculum units, for heterogeneous classrooms and gifted education programs, that can be shared with other educators as models of exemplary curriculum. The award will be presented at the 2016 NAGC Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., in November.

EPSY Counseling Professor Robert Colbert Passes

It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Robert Colbert passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12.  Dr. Colbert joined UConn in 2001 and was head of the EPSY Department Counseling program. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1987. His research expertise and interests focused on alleviating disparities in public schools based on race and include, the study of microaggressions, discipline sanctions, school counselor role in facilitating positive student racial identity development, and college and career readiness in urban schools. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Amherst College Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, Amherst, MA 01002.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. If you would like to donate food for the celebration, please indicate this in your RSVP message.

Monetary donations may be made to the Neag School of Education Dean’s Fund in Robert Colbert’s honor. Contributions will go toward supporting students of color in the school counseling program. If making a donation, please specify that you are giving in honor of Robert Colbert in the “Additional Instructions about my Donations” section.

For more information, contact: Erik Hines at


MEA Professor Mentors McNair Scholar

Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Professor Dr. D. Betsy McCoach has been mentoring undergraduate McNair Scholar Casey Davis during spring and summer semester. Ms.Davis recently shared the results of their research at the McNair Scholar Poster Presentations.

Photo of Casey Davis Poster

Dr. Catherine Little’s Project SPARK is in the News

Dr. Catherine Little has been conducting a summer program/research project, Project SPARK, that was recently featured in the Norwalk Hour, Read the story at

Dr. Ron Beghetto discusses points from his new book: Big Wins, Small Steps: How to Lead For and With Creativity

Dr. Ron Beghetto is Professor of Educational Psychology in the Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology program, and an international expert on creativity in educational settings. In this Principal Center podcast he discusses ideas presented in his new book on creativity.

Chafouleas Elected President of SSSP

Sandy Chafouleas, EPSY professor, has been elected the incoming President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).  The purpose of SSSP is to advance basic and applied scientific research, disseminate research findings to broad audiences, and foster communication about the specialty of school psychology.  Membership in SSSP is limited to nomination and invite only. In the 1960s, SSSP founded the prestigious Journal of School Psychology.  The not for profit entity funds major initiatives such as the Early Career Research Award, Dissertation Grant Award, International Research Award, School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference, and the Research Registry. Her term begins in 2017 as President-Elect.

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Hamilton Receives Dissertation Award

Dr. Rashea Hamilton was selected as the recipient of the 2015 William E. Loadman Outstanding Dissertation Award for Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. This award is given annually to the Ph.D. student who has completed and defended the most outstanding dissertation in each academic area during the previous year. Dr. Hamilton is a Research Associate for the National Center for Research on Gifted Education in the Neag School of Education at UConn.

Dr. Rashea Hamilton receives outstanding dissertaton award

Picture: Dr. Rashea Hamilton (center) is presented with a William E. Loadman Dissertation Award by donor Professor Emeritus William E. Loadman (left) and Dr. Eric Anderman, her advisor and the chair of the Department of Educational Studies.