Student Spotlight

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-Jamie Lynn Goodfellow

Graduate Special Education Students complete their Theses


Congratulations to the following graduate students for completing their research theses for Master’s of Science in Special Education. These students presented their research at the Graduate Research Forum on April 25, 2013. Well done!

1. Heather Stanton and her faculty mentor, Bernice Lukus: The Effects of Implementing a Reading Assistance Dog Program for Struggling Readers

2. Jennifer Scott with her faculty mentor, Dr. Michelle Gonzalez: Are the Perceptions, Fears, Attitudes and Philosophies of General Education Teachers Hindering the Practice of Full Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom?

3. Jamee Ruddy: The Effectiveness of Social Stories and Video Modeling to Teach Social Skills to Students with Autism

4. Alisha Marmo: Special and General Education Teachers’ Attitudes Regarding Use of Wraparound Services (Therapeutic Staff Support or TSS) in the Pennsylvania Classroom

5. Heather Rogan: The Differences in Perceptions of Bullying and Its Frequency for Students in Special Education as They Progress through Grade Level


Students present at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference


Graduate School Psychology students Marcie Paulahamus, Amanda Reese, Jule Grant, Celeste Maldonado, and Meghan Bedwick presented their research with young adults with autism, Transition: It Takes a Village, with faculty Dr. Patricia Arter and Dr. Francis DeMatteo. Sponsored by Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, undergraduate Education students, Jared Yanniello and Anna Wildman did a poster presentation titled: From Volunteering to Meaningful Friendships and Leanne Feeney presented Video Modeling for Independent Living Skills.


Graduate Students Co-Author paper and Present at State Conference

Marcie Paulhamus and Amanda Reese, students in the school psychology program, co-authored an article in Pennsylvania Teacher Educator with Dr. Patricia Arter and Dr. Frank DeMatteo entitled "Bridging the Gap: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential Model between School Psychology and Special Education. The paper was also presented at an author's roundtable at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators conference in Harrisburg October 2012.