Month: February 2018

In Memoriam: Professor Thomas Kehle

Thomas J. Kehle, professor of school psychology in the Neag School Department of Educational Psychology, passed away on Feb. 7, 2018.

An expert in such areas as cognitive psychology, school climate, assessment, classroom discipline, and behavioral intervention, Kehle joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1987. (Read the full article)


The obituary from the School Psychology Program may be downloaded here.

The obituary from the Hartford Courant may be viewed here.


Students in Poverty Less Likely to be Identified as Gifted

UConn gifted education specialists have published the first study to demonstrate a link between student poverty, institutional poverty, and the lower identification rate of gifted low-income students.

The study, “Disentangling the Roles of Institutional and Individual Poverty in the Identification of Gifted Students,” was published in the journal Gifted Child Quarterly. Researchers found that students eligible for free or reduced lunch programs are less likely to be identified for gifted education services even after controlling for prior math and reading achievement scores. In addition, the findings indicated that students in low-income schools have a further reduced possibility of being identified for gifted services.  (Read the full article)

Prof. VanHeest quoted on her work on sport science in her new book!

Behind the artistry of today’s Olympic figure skaters lies some serious science. A new book by UConn professor Jaci VanHeest will make the research underlying elite skaters’ training accessible for the first time to coaches and athletes everywhere.

“Every sport has its mythology, but the science is critical,” says VanHeest.

Figure skating is one of the oldest Olympic sports, but there’s not a lot written about the science of it. Coaches who want data-driven training techniques have very little information to go on. Jaci VanHeest, associate professor of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education with a joint appointment in kinesiology in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, specializes in the performance of elite athletes and is a member of the Medicine and Science committee for USA Figure Skating. She and her coauthor and former graduate student in exercise physiology, Jason Vescovi, now with Skate Canada, wrote The Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, Figure Skating to fill that gap. (Read full article)

EPSY Ph.D. Student Co-Authors Newly Released Report to Congress

Thanks in part to the evaluation expertise of a doctoral student in the Neag School’s measurement, evaluation, and assessment (MEA) program, a recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that about 1 percent of enrollments in federal health-insurance plans in 2015 were potentially improper or fraudulent.

The report, a federal audit of the Affordable Care Act, was requested by Congress and released last month by the GAO — a nonpartisan agency that serves to investigate how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The GAO research team analyzed the most current data available, pulling together databases from multiple federal sources. It was as an intern this past summer with the GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Services team in Washington, D.C., that Neag School Ph.D. candidate Kristen Juskiewicz assisted in executing the audit. (Read full article)

Doctoral student David Alexandro helping to predict and prevent dropouts.

In more than 30 states across the nation today, school districts are using what is known as an Early Warning System (EWS) to predict students’ academic milestones and specific student outcomes, including identifying those students who may be most likely to drop out. Connecticut is now on the cusp of joining them, thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of David Alexandro, a doctoral student in the Neag School’s measurement, evaluation, and assessment program, and his colleagues at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).


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