EDPR Faculty

Alison A. Happel, Ph.D., Georgia State University (2011). Qualitative methodology; Post-structural, post-colonial, and feminist theories; Ecojustice and ecofeminist education.

Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2009). Statistics and quantitative research methods; instrument development; Rasch, IRT and SEM applications with educational and psychological data; K-12 math teacher efficacy to teach statistics; assessment of behavioral and emotional risk in K-12 students.

Yeh Hsueh, Ed.D., Harvard University (1997). Development of young children; Cross-cultural early childhood education; Development of developmental psychology in the United States; Children and media.

Michael M. Mackay, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2013). Statistical and methodological consultant for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Research interests include employee engagement; student engagement; survey construction and psychometrics; meta-analysis.

Christian E. Mueller, Ph.D. University of Kentucky (2006). Developmental trajectories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental factors influencing achievement motivation in at-risk students (e.g., adolescents, gifted, minority); Measurement issues (e.g., Rasch modeling) in education and psychology. 

Vicki Sallis Murrell, Ph.D., University of Memphis (2005). Toxic stress and its impact on behavior and learning; Use of constructivism and cognitive-learning theories in online-mediated teaching and learning; Impact of evolving technologies on cognitive processes; Training faculty for online teaching. Program website developer.

Susan Naomi Nordstrom, Ph.D. The University of Georgia (2011). Poststructural and post humanist theories, onto-epistemology, Deleuze, feminist new materialism, qualitative research methodology.

Ernest A. Rakow, Ph.D., University of Chicago (1974). Teacher evaluation; Innovative uses of statistics. Interim Dean of the College of Education.

Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (1982). Cultural diversity; Minority teachers; Child psychology; Infant development; Adolescent pregnancy; At-risk children. Provost of the University of Memphis.

Denise L. Winsor, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2008). Child development; Development in context; Early epistemological thinking; Technology in preschool-age children. Teacher beliefs and the use of strategies for high-order thinking. Liason for undergraduate programs. Program Coordinator for Educational Psychology.

Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D., University of Arizona (2003). Multivariate statistics and quantitative research methods; Gender disparities in STEM disciplines; Structural equation modeling; Big data analysis with statistical and data mining approaches. Program Coordinator for Educational Research.

Chia-chen Yang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). Adolescent development; Social media use, social relationships, and identity development among youth.