Educational Psychology and Research Faculty


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


Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (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., Associate Professor, Harvard University (1997). Development of young children; Cross-cultural early childhood education; Development of developmental psychology in the United States; Children and media.

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Eli Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University (2016). Educational inquiry, measurement and evaluation; psychometric properties and use of rater-mediated assessments in education (specifically, evaluation of teachers and principals, student evaluation of teachers, and evaluation of teacher candidates); application of Rasch and IRT to educational settings. Additional research interests include validation of educational assessments and measures, structural equation modeling, quasi-experimental research designs, and response to intervention and reading interventions in elementary school.


Karen Kitchens, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Memphis (2016). Mixed methods research; program evaluation and analysis; research of factors contributing to the successful retention and graduation of first generation college students.


Christian E. Mueller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 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.

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


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

**Please note that Dr. Weddle- West is not accepting new students at this time

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Crystal White, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Memphis (2020).

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Denise L. Winsor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 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. Liaison for undergraduate programs. Program Coordinator for Educational Psychology.


Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D., Professor, 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.