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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. 

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Research in Service to Society

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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

Tuesday, June 16
Ethan Van Norman Develops a More Rigorous Approach for Identifying Effective Interventions

A nearly $900K grant from IES supports Van Norman’s work to develop a quantitatively rigorous and user-friendly measure of the effectiveness of interventions for students with disabilities and...

Tuesday, June 16
Sara Kangas Provides Insight into High Percentages of English Learners with Disabilities in Schools

Kangas examines through multiple studies how state and federal policies and structural issues in schools can be barriers to learning.

In the middle schools and high schools that she visited...

Tuesday, June 16
The Impact of Immigrant Students’ Critical Consciousness on Higher-Education Outcomes

Germán A. Cadenas studies the link between the development of critical consciousness and Hispanic DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students’ intent to persist at public universities...

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. William Gaudelli

Global Citizenship

Dr. Esther R. Lindström

Interventions for Children with Disabilities, Reading Development and Comprehension, Reading Disabilities, Reading Intervention

Research News

Tuesday, June 16
Dr. Germán A. Cadenas Joins the Podcast Undocumented Black Girl with Denea Joseph

Dr. Germán A. Cadenas joined in on the popular podcast "The Undocumented Black Girl" with with Denea Joseph. The topic focused on cultural competency in the mental health profession as related to...

Tuesday, May 5
Students' mental health will be affected by coronavirus. Are schools ready?

The 30 million children currently out of a traditional educational environment will hopefully return to classrooms in the fall. So the question lingers: Are schools ready for the mental health...

Monday, April 27
Addressing sexual violence within the LGBTQ+ community through Define it! and The Resistance Lab

Nicole ‘Nic’ Johnson, PhD, started as a researcher investigating violence against women and through this work noticed a trend  –  sexual identity continuously arose as a “confounding variable.”...

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.