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Faculty Research (Compiled November 2013)

A compilation of faculty presentations, recently awarded grants and proposals.



Baker, R., and McLaughlin, J., “Global environmental science education in the 21st Century: Addressing the challenges and opportunities that face China through online innovation.” Paper presented at EDUCAUSE Conference, Baltimore, MD, January 2013.

Baker, R., and McLaughlin, J., “Using environmental education in China as a learning laboratory.” Paper presented at Global Penn State: Internationalizing the Curriculum Conference, University Park, PA, September 2013.

Hayes, J.A., Owen, J., & Bieschke, K.J., “The multicultural super-shrink: Therapist differences in symptom change with racial/ethnic minority clients.” Paper presented at the conference of the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Memphis, TN, 2013.

Nelson, D.L., Hayes, J.A., & Fauth, J., “Countertransference in successful and unsuccessful cases of psychotherapy.” Paper presented at the conference of the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Memphis, TN, 2013.

Passmore, D.L., Baker. R.M., & Fu, I., “Monetizing MOOCs.” Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT, October 2013.

Xiao, H., McAleavey, A.A., Youn, S.J., Castonguay, L.G., Hayes, J.A., & Locke, B.D., “Predictors of premature termination: Modeling data to reduce dropouts.” Paper presented at the conference of the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Memphis, TN, 2013.

Youn, S.J., Hayes, J.A., & Effrig, J., “Empirical flesh for a skeletal theory of countertransference: An in-depth case study.” Paper presented at the conference of the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Memphis, TN, 2013.


Threeton, M.D., Walter, R.A., Evanoski, D.C., “Personality Type and Learning Style: The Tie That Binds.” Journal of Career and Technical Education Research: Volume 38, #1 (2013).

McLaughlin, J.S. & Baker, R.M. (in press). “Environmental Science Education in the 21st Century: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities both Globally and at Home through Online Multimedia Innovation.” Pedagogical Considerations and Opportunities for Teaching and Learning on the Web. (Lancashire, England: IGI Global. 2013).

Prins, E., & Mooney, A. (in press). “Literacy and health disparities.” In Collins, J.C., Bryant, L.O. & Rocco, T.S. (Eds.), Health & Wellness for Racial, Ethnic, & Sexual Minorities. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education.

Tschakert, P., Dietrich, K., Tamminga, K, Prins, E., Shaffer, J., Liwenga, E., & Asiedu, A. (in press). “Learning and envisioning under climatic uncertainty: An African experience.” Environment and Planning A.

Toso, B.W., Prins, E., & Mooney, A., “The changing face of immigrants in the U.S.: Implications for adult educators.” PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, 22 (2103): 1-21.

Prins, E., & Van Horn, B. (2012). “Adult learning in family literacy: Special considerations for women learners.” In B.H. Wasik (Ed.), Handbook of family literacy (New York: Routledge, 2012) 166-180.

Ham, C.C., LeMasson, K.D.S., & Hayes, J.A., “Recovering substance abuse counselors’ lived experiences related to the use of self-disclosure.” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 31 (2013), 348-374.

Lockard, A.J., Hayes, J.A., & Graceffo, J., & Locke, B.D., “Effective counseling for ethnic minority clients: Examining changes utilizing a practice-research network.” Journal of College Counseling, 16 (2013), 243-256.

Nordberg, S.S., Hayes, J.A., McAleavey, A.A., Castonguay, L.G., & Locke, B.D. (2013). “Treatment utilization on college campuses: Who seeks help for what?” Journal of College Counseling, 16 (2013), 258-274.

Fatter, D.M., & Hayes, J.A. (2013). “What facilitates countertransference management? The role of meditation, mindfulness, and self-differentiation.” Psychotherapy Research, 5 (2013), 502-513.

Recently Awarded Grants (Aug. 13 through Nov. 21)

Beverly Lindsay
National Science Foundation
An Exploratory Examination of STEM Graduate Programs Between the United States and England: Comparative Designs and Patterns for Select Minorities

Cynthia Pellock, John Ewing, Mark Threeton
COP: Department of Education
Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education 2013-2014

David W. Saxe
Charles Koch Foundation
Penn State SSED 200 American Heritage Course Fall 2013

Simon R. Hooper
U.S. Department of Education
Research on the Effectiveness of a Tool to Improve Literacy Assessment

Michael A. Arthur, Margaret Hopkins, Thomas B. Murphy, Brian A. Orland, Timothy N. Murpha, Jr., Kathryn J. Brasier, Esther S. Prins
National Science Foundation
Full-Scale Development Project: Marcellus Matters: Engaging Adults in Science and Energy (EASE)

Kyle L. Peck
Will Technology, Inc.
Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) Academic Affairs Office (AAO) Education Support – (Katrine Balch)

David L. Lee, Debbie A. Brooks, Soo-yong Byun
Virginia Commonwealth University
$314, 334
Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success in Middle Schools: Project SEALS (Former PSU Prime Award No. R305A110079): Subaward to PSU Years 2-4

Susan W. Stewart, Donald A. Woodring, Dennis K. McLaughlin, George A. Lesieutre, Seth A. Blumsack, Leah Bug, Sue E. Haupt
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Wind for Schools-New State Programs

Soo-yong Byun
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sixth-Grade Teachers Social Networks as Setting Outcomes and Levers of Change (Project Ntact)

Kausalai J. Wijekumar, Bonnie J. Meyer, Pui-wa Lei
U.S. Department of Education
Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle Grades English Language Learners by Combining Structure Strategy with Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for ELLearners (SWELL)

Thomas L. Richard, Evelyn A. Thomchick, Michael G. Jacobson, Armen R. Kemanian, Elizabeth W. Boyer, Annmarie Ward, Leah Bug
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Northeast Woody/Warm Season Biomass Consortium (Year 2 – continuation application)

Kyle L. Peck, Julia K. Muffler, John F. Weis
Tor Forge Books
Pillar to the Sky

Julia D. Plummer
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
My Sky Tonight: Early Childhood Pathways to Astronomy

Leila M. Bradaschia
Institute of International Education
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (2013-2014)

Thomas N. Jackson, Suzanne Adair, Leah Bug, Suman Datta, Renata S. Engel, Michael Lanagan, Annmarie Ward
North Carolina State University
NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensor Technologies (ASSIST)

Proposals (Aug. 13 through Nov. 21)

Janice Light, David McNaughton
U.S. Department of Education
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC)

David Lee, Debbie Brooks
Virginia Commonwealth University
Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success Across the Middle School Years: The SEALS II Intervention Development Program

Karen Bierman, David Lee
U.S. Department of Education
Friendship Connections Project (FCP)

William Hartman
COP: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Analysis of Special Education Funding in Rural and Urban School Districts

Esther Prins, Carol Clymer, Blaire Toso, Margaret Grumm
Institute of Education Sciences
Examining Student Outcome Data and Systems in Adult Education Agencies: The Great Cities-Penn State Partnership

Rayne Sperling
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Cognitive Strategy Toolbox: Support for Intermediate Students’ Science Learning

Kausalai Wijekumar, Pui-wa Lei, Bonnie Meyer
Institute of Education Sciences
Goal 3 Efficacy and Replication Trial of the Individualized Adaptive ITSS with 4th and 5th grade Students in High Poverty Schools

James Diperna, Pui-wa Lei
Institute of Education Sciences
A Replication Study of the Social Skills Improvement System Classwide Intervention Program (SSIS-CIP): Social, Behaviorial, and Academic Outcomes in Urban Primary Classrooms

Rose Baker
COP: Center for Rural Education
An Examination of the Fiscal Status of Rural Volunteer Fire Companies

Jennifer Frank, Deborah Schussler
U.S. Department of Education
Project RESPECT: A Proposal to Develop the Responding in Emotionally Supportive and Positive Ways in Educational Communication Skills Training Program

Liliana Garces
Michigan State University
Research Use RFP 2012: Amici and the Courts: A Case Study of the Research Use Process of Intermediary Actors

Paul Morgan, Greg Kelly
Institute of Education Sciences
Science Learning Difficulties: Patterns and Predictors in a Nationally Representative Cohort

Karen Bierman, Jim Diperna
U.S. Department of Education
Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program

Leila Bradaschia
Institute for International Education
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2014-15

Yuefeng Xie, Rose Baker
Environmental Protection Agency
National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems

Christopher House, Ed Fuller
STEM Academic Research Training Engaging Underrepresented Pennsylvanians (START-UP)

Blaire Toso, Carol Clymer, Drucilla Weirauch
National Center for Family Literacy
Toyota Family Learning: Families Learning and Serving Together (TFLST) Grant Project Evaluation

John Asbury, Annmarie Ward
National Science Foundation
Ultrafast Photothermal Investigations of Charge Injection at Organic Interface

Kay Wijekumar, Pui-wa Lei, Bonnie Meyer, Kyle Peck
Institute of Education Sciences
Research to Practice to Research Using the Online Research-Based Instructional Toolset (RPR-ORBIT)

Michelle Vigeant, Leah Bug, Annmarie Ward
National Science Foundation
Collaborative Research: Measuring the Impact of Room Acoustics on Emotional Responses to Music Using Functional Neuroimaging

Steven Feldstein, Leah Bug
National Science Foundation
The Impact of Tropical/Extratropical Interaction on Atmospheric Teleconnections

Jeffrey Hayes, Kathleen Bieschke
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Preventing Suicide Among High Risk Collegians via Accurate Identification and Effective Counseling

Erica Frankenberg
National Academy of Education
National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2014-15

Caroline Eckhardt, Matthew Poehner
University of Maryland (Prime: National Security Agency)
STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State

Rachel Brennan, Annmarie Ward, Matthew Johnson
National Science Foundation
RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site: Research in Energy and Environmental Sustainability in Teams of Researchers and Educators (RESTORE)

David Baker
National Institute for Health
Shifting Education Effect on Mother Overweight over the Population Nutritional Transition

Thomas Richard, Annmarie Ward, Leah Bug
Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (Year 2-continuation application)