Overview

The central mission of research conducted by faculty and students in Lehigh’s College of Education is to improve the lives of individuals across the lifespan by enhancing educational, psychological, and social functioning.

We accomplish this mission by conducting research that is relevant and accessible to our stakeholders including school and mental health professionals, policy makers, and families. We believe that research is critically important in informing and improving educational and mental health policy and practice. Thus, the community is our “laboratory” in that we conduct research in collaboration with our stakeholders to address critical issues that affect the daily lives of students, families, and adults. And our research involves data collection at the “point of performance”, i.e., in the real world settings and timeframes where behaviors of interest occur. 

Experts Guide

Research in Service to Society

Lehigh COE Experts Guide

Although our college is relatively small in terms of number of faculty, we are extraordinarily productive in the quantity, quality, and breadth of our research and scholarship. This is reflected by traditional academic metrics of publication rates, citations by other scholars, and receipt of grant research funding. More importantly, our faculty, students, and alumni produce work of lasting impact on educational and mental health practice in schools and communities as well as on development and implementation of policy.

Our work covers a wide spectrum of issues that are important to the community such as examining the effects of interventions on the educational and psychological functioning of youth and adults with disabilities (e.g., autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders); measuring children’s school readiness and academic skills over time; examining the origins of gender roles and their impact on the psychological status of individuals and communities; or assessing factors that improve the daily practice of school building principals. Of particular note is our Center for Promoting Research to Practice that has produced dozens of studies that have improved school- and community-based services for individuals with educational and mental health disabilities. 

Featured Research

Monday, September 12
Lehigh University Research Wins International Award for Study on Reversing Ageism in Students of Mental Health

Bethlehem, PA (Sept. 12, 2022) – A published study led by a researcher with Lehigh University has been selected by...

Tuesday, August 30
Lehigh’s College of Education Welcomes New Faculty Cohort for the 2022–2023 Year

The new hires will bring a fresh new perspective to areas including counseling psychology, school psychology, and the Teaching, Learning and Technology program.

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Friday, August 5
The Lehigh Gap Story

The research and development (R&D) lab Lehigh RiVR Immersive Learning. RiVR is a cross-disciplinary group of students, professors, researchers, and directors of STEM education centers in the ...

We endeavor to ensure that our research directly improves educational and mental health practice across local, national, and global communities.

Dr. George DuPaul, Associate Dean for Research

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Angelina Rodríguez

Arts and Social Change, Cities, Global Citizenship, Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity and Multilingualism

Dr. Lia E. Sandilos

School Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Robin Hojnoski

Data Informed Decision Making, Response to Intervention, School Psychology and Counseling

Research News

Monday, May 9
K-12 Dive: Ed Department begins review of often misunderstood Section 504 rules

A recent article by K-12 Dive cites Perry A. Zirkel's findings in regards to reevaluating Section 504.

"The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is requesting public...

Thursday, October 29
Math Ed Podcast: From interpretation to instructional practice: A network study of early-career teachers

Ken Frank from Michigan State University and Jihyun Kim from Lehigh University discuss their article, "From interpretation to instructional practice: A network study of early-career teachers'...

Thursday, October 29
Due Process Hearing and Written State Complaint Activity for COVID-19 Issues: A Six-Month Snapshot

In addition to the alternative forms of dispute resolution under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the two decisional avenues are adjudicative and investigative. The...

Research Centers

Centennial School

Centennial School pursues two principal missions; serving children and youth with educational disabilities and preparing high quality teachers to enter the workforce of special education.

Center for Promoting Research to Practice

The Center for Promoting Research to Practice generates knowledge that impacts the lives of individuals with, or at risk for disabilities. 

Autism Services Clinic

Lehigh University Autism Services is a university-based research and professional training center for autism spectrum disorders.