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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

Friday, July 31
Kangas Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant

Dr. Sara Kangas, assistant professor in Lehigh's Special Education program, is the recipient of a Small Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation. The project is funded ($40,766) for one year and...

Friday, July 24
COE Researchers Awarded $6 Million in IES Grants

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded $6 million in grants to researchers in Lehigh’s College of Education to fund three separate research projects: mathematical skill development...

Wednesday, July 22
Hojnoski Awarded $1.4M Grant to Develop a Responsive Computerized-Adaptive Assessment System for PreK Mathematics

Dr. Robin Hojnoski, Professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies was awarded a 4-year, $1.4M grant to develop a responsive computerized-adaptive assessment system for...

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. Nicole L. Johnson

Feminist Theory and Therapy, Intimate Partner Violence, LGBTQ, Prevention, Sexual Assault

Dr. Minyi Dennis

Assessment methods in special education, Mathematics disabilities, Mathematics intervention

Dr. Christopher Liang

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Prevention, Social and Emotional Development, Stress and Adversity

Research News

Monday, July 27
How 'the most violent' special education school ended restraint and seclusion

Twenty years ago, a visitor to Centennial School would have heard a cacophony.

“Banging on doors, yelling, wailing,” said Julie Fogt, the current director of the school. “Adults were loud...

Thursday, July 23
Research by Dr. Lynn Columba Supports Success of First In Math Program

Dr. Lynn Columba, associate professor of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, explored the effects on students’ mathematical development when they engage daily with the First in Math (FIM) online...

Wednesday, July 22
You've Got Email - With 24/7 communications, how can a principal ever catch up?

A principal's time is always in demand, and communication is a major factor in this cycle. About 100 years ago, researchers were studying how dictated letters affected principals' workdays. Today...

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.