Dr. Lee Kern's research interests are in the area of interventions for students with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Recently, she has researched multi-component intervention packages for high school students with behavioral and mental health issues, adaptations to interventions for elementary age students with mild to moderate emotional and behavioral problems, and parent implemented interventions for pre-school children with ADHD.
Current Funded Research Projects
ATTAIN (Advancing Tier Two Adaptations and Interventions)
Principal Investigator: Lee Kern, Co-PI: Joseph Wehby (Vanderbilt University)
A three-tiered system of behavior management is designed to meet the needs of students with problem behavior of different levels of severity. There is emerging research evidence that interventions for students with mild to moderate behavior problems (Tier 2) can be more effective if they are adapted to meet individual student needs. The purpose of ATTAIN is to develop a framework that guides educators in the selection and adaptation of Tier 2 interventions. This project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, through a Goal 2 Development Grant.
Pathway 360° College and Career Readiness
Principal Investigator: Lee Kern, Co-PI: Kyle Longacre
There has been a recent emphasis on assuring students in schools throughout the US are college and career ready. Pathway 360° is a comprehensive college and career readiness program for high school students that (a) regularly assesses students’ career preferences; (b) recommends high school courses linked to students’ top three career choices via a computerized system; (c) offers a bi-weekly advisory course with career preparation activities; (d) schedules opportunities for field-based leveled career exploration; and (e) includes a senior presentation related to college and career readiness. This project supports training to replicate the program in schools throughout the United States. The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture.