Meet our Team

About the team

Dr. George DuPaul

Dr. George DuPaul is Professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Lehigh University. He has been an author or co-author on over 240 journal articles and book chapters as well as 10 books and two videos related to ADHD and pediatric school psychology. Dr. DuPaul was School Psychologist of the Year in Pennsylvania in 1999, was the recipient of the 2008 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and was named to the Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Hall of Fame in 2008. His primary research interests include school-based intervention for students with ADHD, early intervention for young children at-risk for ADHD, and assessment and treatment of ADHD in college students. He also has strong interests in integrated behavioral health and pediatric school psychology. Dr. DuPaul has chaired dissertations for 37 doctoral students at Lehigh, has advised over 25 educational specialist degree recipients, and currently is mentoring 10 doctoral, 1 educational specialist, and 2 undergraduate students.

Dr. Lee Kern

Dr. Lee Kern is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice and Lehigh University Autism Services. She has extensive experience with children and youth with special needs, having worked for over 35 years in education as a paraprofessional, general and special education teacher, behavior specialist, consultant, and researcher. Dr. Kern has received approximately $25 million in grant support from IES, NIMH, USDA, and other agencies to conduct research in the area of child disabilities. Her research focuses on reducing behavioral and mental health problems in children and adolescents using positive behavior support strategies. In 2018 Dr. Kern received the James Kaufman Research Award for excellence in research. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and four books. Dr. Kern is co-Editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and serves on the editorial boards of 10 journals in the fields of education and disabilities.

Dr. Bridget Dever

Dr. Bridget Dever is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at Lehigh University.  Prior to her time at Lehigh University, Dr. Dever was trained as an Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow in measurement and assessment.  She has published over 40 journal articles, 8 book chapters, and a book focused on mental health screening.  Dr. Dever's research interests include universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk, achievement motivation among at-risk students, and issues related to measurement and assessment in education and psychology. Dr. Dever serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, as a Statistical and Methodological Advisor for the Journal of School Psychology, and as a Statistical Consultant for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 

Dr. Shin-Yi Chou

Dr. Shin-Yi Chou is Arthur F. Searing Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at Lehigh University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University (1999). Her research focuses on economics of health and health care. Her research has been published in Journal of Human ResourcesAmerican Journal of Economics: Applied EconomicsJournal of Law and EconomicsJournal of EconometricsJournal of Health EconomicsRand Journal of EconomicsReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. She was a dissertation adviser for twenty PhD students at Lehigh University. She was the recipient of Hillman Award for Graduate Advising (2009) and the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award (2006) at Lehigh University.

Alicia Chunta

Alicia Chunta is the project coordinator for the PEAK Project. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a B.A. in psychology. She worked as the assistant director and lead counselor of a summer treatment program for children with ADHD and related issues for three years. Her research and practical interests include the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for children with ADHD and other behavioral challenges, child/parent/teacher self-efficacy and the role it plays in treatment outcomes, parental optimism, parent education groups, and school-wide positive behavioral support. Contact: 

Jae Hyung Ahn

Jae Hyung Ahn is a fourth-year doctoral student in the school psychology program, specializing in Pediatric School Psychology. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Brain and Motivation Research Institute (bMRI) of Korea University and as an academic coach at the Lehigh Disability Support Services. Her areas of interest are: 1) cognition, emotion, and motivation on school functioning in children with chronic conditions, and 2) empowerment of families of children with chronic conditions. Contact:

Rui Chen

Rui Chen is a doctoral student in the special education program. She is also a certified k-12 special education teacher and board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Before joining the Project PEAK, she was a special education teacher in Nashville, TN, and worked as a clinical supervisor at Lehigh University Autism Services. Her research interests include parent training and family support, support students with disabilities in inclusive settings, special education policy, and special education teacher and ABA therapist preparation. Contact:


Eliana Rosenthal

Eliana Rosenthal is a third-year doctoral student in the school psychology program and in the pediatric health track. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. After college, she worked as an RA at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management for three years. Her research interests include the psychosocial and academic effects of having a sibling with disruptive behavior problems and reducing sibling conflict. She is also interested in parent and sibling interventions for families raising a child with disruptive behavior problems. Contact:

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson is a third-year doctoral student in the school psychology program and in the pediatric psychology track. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2019. Her research interests include the relationship between sleep functioning and ADHD in adolescence, and the impact these two components have on academic and behavioral functioning.  Contact:


Sara Franklin-Gillette

Sara Franklin Gillette  is a third-year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2019 with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests include school and community-based interventions for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders, and the impact of social dynamics in intervention settings on program outcomes. Contact:


Hi Jae Jung

Hi Jae Jung is a second year doctoral student in the school psychology program. Her research interests include school adjustment for students with SEBD, neurodevelopmental disorders, or learning disorders. She is also interested in protective factors–provided at the school or through family-school cooperation–that would support their resilience and school life. 


Dee Snow

Dee Snow is the web designer for Project PEAK. She graduated with her BS in English Education from Utah State University, after which she taught high school English and ESL. She is currently a masters student in Instructional Technology at Lehigh University. Contact:



Corinne Zimmerman

Corinne Zimmerman is a second-year student in the Educational Specialist school psychology program.  She graduated from West Chester University in 2019 with a major in psychology.  During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the West Chester University Whole Family Biopsychology Lab.  Corinne’s research interests include educational parental interventions for children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Contact:


Sean Morse

Sean Morse is a first-year student in the school psychology doctoral program. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2021 with a B.A. in psychology. His research interests include school-based interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD, emotion regulation, peer relationships, and the role challenges in social functioning play in risk-taking behavior, academic achievement, and treatment outcomes. Contact: 

Marsha Ariol 

Marsha is a first-year student in the school psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences and from Barry University with a M.S. in Clinical Psychology. After completing her masters, she worked as a research assistant for the Partnering to Achieve School Success (PASS) study at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research interests include school mental health, family-school collaborations, and creating and implementing interventions for children with ADHD and other disruptive behaviors. Contact:

Chen Shi

Chen Shi is a current doctoral student in the Special Education program. Her research
interests include Parent training and family-based intervention for children with
ADHD or EBD. Her goal is to help families develop family-accessible interventions
to better support children with ADHD. Contact:


2021 PEAK Luncheon!