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.

Hi Jae Jung

Hi Jae Jung is a fourth 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:



Sean Morse

Sean Morse is a third-year doctoral student in the school psychology program and co-coordinator of Project PEAK. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2021 with a B.A. in psychology. His research interests include school-based interventions to support children and adolescents with ADHD and other emotional/behavioral challenges as well as implementation science and treatment integrity in school mental health practices. His current research focuses on the identification of school mental health professional skills and behaviors that can be prioritized during dissemination efforts and implementation support for an evidence-based, multicomponent intervention for high school students with ADHD. Contact: 

Marsha Ariol 

Marsha is a third-year student in the school psychology doctoral program and co-coordinator of Project PEAK. 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 current research focus looks at both student and teacher perspectives of student-teacher relationships in Black youth with ADHD. More broadly she is interested in family-school collaborations, implementing effective and culturally responsive interventions for children with ADHD and other disruptive behaviors, and integrated behavioral healthcare. Contact:

Chen Shi

Chen Shi is a third-year doctoral student in the Special Education program, specializes in Parent Training and Family-Based Interventions for children with ADHD and Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD). Her research endeavors are underpinned by a profound commitment to empowering families with practical, evidence-based interventions. Chen's overarching goal is to facilitate a seamless translation of research findings into tangible support systems, thereby contributing to the enhancement of the quality of life for children facing these challenges and their parents. Contact:


Joey Lam

Joey Lam is a second-year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph's University. During her master's program, she was a graduate research coordinator for the Behavior, Emotions, Development, and Sleep (BEDS) lab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her current research project focuses on parenting practices, child behavioral regulation, and sleep functioning in young children at-risk for ADHD. Contact: jol322@lehigh 

  Nathan Kirk 

Nathan Kirk is a first-year doctoral student in the school psychology program. He graduated from UCLA in 2021 with B.A.s in Psychology and Education & Social Transformation and worked as a research assistant for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study at the UCLA Semel Institute. Subsequently, he worked as a research coordinator for the Brains-in-Growth (BIG) Emotions Study at Diego State University. His research and clinical interests lie in two interrelated sectors of treatment effectiveness and accessibility. Specifically, he is interested in (1) incorporating person-centered approaches to psychological interventions to tailor mental health services to each child's unique needs and (2) leveraging schools as a platform for identifying at-risk youth, with the goal of increasing accessibility to vital mental health services. Contact:

  Lauryn Konieczka

Lauryn Konieczka is a first-year EdS student in the School Psychology program. She graduated with  a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Counseling from Washington College. Her  research interests include school-based interventions for students with ADHD, assessment and  treatment of ADHD and related behavior disorders for K-12 students, and teachers' impact on academic  outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Contact: