Doctoral Students

Jasmine Begeske, M.S., MFA
Ph.D. Candidate, Special Education

Jasmine’s research interests are in teacher preparation, the development of empathy as a disposition to teach, and the inclusion of vulnerable populations in inclusive settings.

Marie Viviene David, M.Ed., BCBA
Ph.D. Candidate, Special Education

Eric Shannon, M.S.
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Eric’s research focus includes training parents of young children with autism and developmental disabilities, with a specific focus on the participation of fathers in parent-implemented interventions.

Sungwoo Kang, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Sungwoo’s research interests are in establishing financial literacy for individuals with developmental disabilities to support their successful post-school transition and investigate function of pre-requisite academic skills to identify predictors of money management skills. Additionally, finding relation between procedural integrity of behavioral intervention and monitoring technique is another key element for his research focus.

Mehmet Sulu, M.A., BCBA
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Mehmet’s research interests include academic interventions using the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and investigating the generalization of academic and behavioral interventions for individuals with disabilities.

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Charissa Voorhis, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Charissa is interested in research related to the preparation of preservice special education teachers to assess and intervene with challenging behavior in the classroom. Her research also involves the use of technology to provide coaching to school-based professionals.

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Hannah Crosley, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Hannah’s research focus is on the use of implementation science to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices. She is also interested in research related to peer-mediated interventions and characteristics and diagnosis of autism in girls.

Amanda Austin, M.Ed., BCBA
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Amanda’s areas of research interest include the application of principles of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) and implementation science for training school-based professionals to implement evidence-based behavior and academic interventions for students with disabilities.

John Augustine, M.S.Ed.
Doctoral Student, Special Education

John’s areas of research interest are centered around the use of evidence-based practices to increase on-task behavior and academic performance in an educational setting. John is also interested in the implementation of applied behavior analytic procedures to address severe challenging behavior

David Ray Miranda, M.A., BCBA
Doctoral Student, Special Education

David is interested in research around preference and choice assessments, interventions to address challenging behavior, and the adoption of evidence-based behavioral interventions in schools and residential facilities.