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Lehigh University College of Education active and completed research grants

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9.5 Million (2013-2019)

Research Funding

Featured Research

Faculty and students in the College of Education are very active and successful in obtaining funding for research and scholarship through a variety of competitive mechanisms including Federal and State grants, foundation awards, and internal (Lehigh) grants. Current grants reflect a breadth of ground-breaking research efforts such as improving early literacy among young children with and without disabilities, reducing risky behavior among college students, examining the connection between teacher licensure status and student academic achievement, designing and implementing comprehensive training experiences for rising educational leaders in challenging school districts, applying novel statistical analyses for making data-based decisions regarding student response to academic instruction, and investigating the validity of monitoring the functioning of low income young children in the context of family, healthcare, and community support systems. 

Our wide-ranging work across schools, healthcare, families and communities is also reflected in recently completed funded projects that involved, for example, adapting school-based interventions for at-risk elementary school students, evaluating the impact of a multi-component psychosocial treatment on the academic and social functioning of high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), designing and evaluating a geospatial curriculum approach for conducting socio-environmental science investigations at the high school level, and investigating the importance of attachment for maternal-infant attachment and emotion regulation. 

We continue to seek support for our research and scholarship through Federal (e.g., Institute of Education Sciences, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation), State (e.g., Pennsylvania Department of Education), and private foundation (e.g., Spencer Foundation) sources. In addition, we have been very successful in procuring internal support through Lehigh’s faculty grant mechanism (e.g., Faculty Research Grant, Faculty Innovation Grant, Collaborative Research Grant, and Accelerator Research Grant). This funding has been critically important to our central mission of using research and scholarship to improve the lives of individuals across the lifespan by enhancing educational, psychological, and social functioning.

Active Research Grants

Parents Plus: Language Coach
PI:  Brook Sawyer
Funded by:  IES - Special Education Research
Type: Development
Expected Completion Date: August 2020

Making Progress with Progress Monitoring: Developing Early Literacy and Language Individual Growth and Development Indicators as Progress Monitoring Tools
PI:  Robin Hojnoski
Funded by: IES - Education Research
Type: Measurement
Expected Completion Date:  July 2020

A Multi-Component Alcohol and Sex Risk Intervention for College Students
PI:  Nicole Johnson
Funded by:  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Type: R34
Expected Completion Date: July 2020

Training School Psychologists as RTI Facilitators at Middle and High School Levels
PI:  Robin Hojnoski
Co-PI: Ethan Van Norman, Minyi Dennis
Funded by:  US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Expected Completion Date: August 2020

Bayesian Analysis of Academic Outcomes from Single-Case Experimental Designs
PI:  Ethan Van Norman
Funded by:  IES: Education Research, Development and Dissemination
Expected Completion Date: May 2021

Effects of Dual Licensure on Student Mathematics Achievement
PI:  Esther Lindstrom
Co-PI: Jihyun Kim
Funded by:  AERA/NSF
Expected Completion Date: July 2021

Genes to Behavior: Unlocking the Code for Early Detection of Reading Disorder
PI:  Esther Lindstrom
Funded by:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development 
Type: R15
Expected Completion Date: September 2020

Teacher Licensure and Student Achievement Outcomes
PI:  Jihyun Kim
Co-PI: Esther Lindstrom
Funded by:  PA Department of Health
Expected Completion Date: June 2020

Implementation of the Residential Experience for Aspiring Leaders
PI:  Craig Hochbein
Funded by:  PA Department of Education
Type: Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Program: Implementation Grant
Expected Completion Date: September 2021

Validity of Multi-System Developmental Monitoring for Low-income Infants and Toddlers
PI: Patti Manz
Funded by: PA Department of Health (CURE)
Expected Completion Date: May 2021

Recently completed research grants

Adapting Tier 2 Interventions for Non-Responsive Students in Elementary Schools
PI:  Lee Kern
Funded by:  IES - Special Education Research
Type: Development and Innovation
Completed: 8/31/19

Lehigh-Souderton Pathway 360
PI:  Lee Kern
Funded by:  National Institute of Food and Agriculture 
Type: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
Completed: August 2019

Socio-Environmental Science Investigations (SESI) Using the Geospatial Curriculum Approach with Web GIS
PI:  Al Bodzin
Co-PI: Tom Hammond
Faculty: Joan Fu
Funded by:  National Science Foundation
Type: ITEST
Completed: July 2019

The Residential Experience for Aspiring Leaders Program 
PI:  Craig Hochbein
Funded by:  PA Department of Education
Type: Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Program: Planning Grant
Completed: July 2019

Multisite Study of School-Based Treatment Approaches for adolescents with ADHD
PI:  George DuPaul
Faculty: Joan Fu
Funded by: IES - Education Research
Type: Efficacy and Replication      
Completed: May 2019

Trauma Sensitive School Training
PI: Chris Liang
Funded by: United Way
Completed: January 2019

Study of Ambitiou Mathematics Instruction
PI: Jihyun Kim
Funded by: National Science Foundation
Completed: July 2018

Early Intervention for Young Children with ADHD: Developing Strategies to Enhance Parent Engagement
PI: George DuPaul
Co-PI: Lee Kern
Funded by: IES - Special Education Research
Type: Development and Innovation
Completed: 2015

Little Talks: Developing the Role of Early Head Start Home Visitors to Provide Evidence-Based Intervention to Families
PI: Patti Manz
Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Type: Affordable Care Act - Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research Program
Completed: 2015

Longitudinal Outcomes of College Students with ADHD
PI: Goerge DuPaul
Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health
Type: R01
Completed: 2016

Caregiving, Attachment, and Regulation of Emotion (CARE)
PI: Susan Woodhouse
Faculty: Grace Caskie
Funded by:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development    
Type: R01
Completed: 2018

Read It Again!  In Early Childhood Special Education
PI: Brook Sawyer
Funded by: IES - Special Education Research
Type: Efficacy and Replication
Completed: 2017