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Research provides INSIGHTS into child temperament

From left, Kathleen Rudasill and Gwen Nugent, co-principal investigators, introduce children to a few of the puppet characters of INSIGHTS.
From left, Kathleen Rudasill, professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and faculty development at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gwen Nugent, CYFS research professor, introduce children to a few of the puppet characters of INSIGHTS.

Gregory is having a bad day. A school field trip has been canceled, and he is angry.

He is joined by a teacher and a kindergartner, who together discuss ways Gregory might cope with his emotions and keep his behavior under control.

“These are some things he might want to do,” the teacher says. “But there are other things he could do instead.” Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Cassie Hermiller

Cassie Hermiller, CYFS graduate student
Cassie Hermiller, CYFS graduate student

Name: Cassie Hermiller

Hometown: Ottawa, Ohio

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year (just completed)

Project: Concussion and mTBI Management Traineeship

What have you been doing with the project? 

With the traineeship, I have been learning about various aspects of concussions and accommodations in school for kids with concussions. We visited the Brain Injury Conference in Kearney and spoke with concussion and TBI survivors and other practitioners in the field, and learned what it was like to live or work with survivors. Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes

Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes, CYFS graduate student
Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes, CYFS graduate student

Name: Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Program: Early Learning Network

Year: First year (just completed)

Project: My Ph.D. project is “Professores e Pais como Parceiros: A Cross-cultural Adaptation and Implementation Effectiveness of the Teachers and Parents as Partners Program to a Brazilian sample.” As a graduate research assistant, I am supporting both the Early Learning Network and the Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research. Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Megan Conley

Megan Conley, CYFS graduate student
Megan Conley, CYFS graduate student

Name: Megan Conley

Hometown: Coahoma, Texas

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year (just completed)

Project: Traineeship in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Management

What are you doing with the project? 

The goal of the traineeship is to educate future school psychologists about concussions and brain injury, emphasizing how brain injuries — even mild ones, like concussions — can affect student learning. Our goal is to advocate for students who have sustained a brain injury and bring awareness to those working with students, such as teachers, parents and coaches, to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom. Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Hannah Scholes

Hannah Scholes, CYFS graduate student
Hannah Scholes, CYFS graduate student

Name: Hannah Scholes

Hometown: Liberty, Missouri

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year (just completed)

Project: Toddlers with Autism

What will you be doing with the project? 

I am a trainee at the Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic in Omaha. We work on understanding, diagnosing and creating interventions for children with ASD. The goal of the traineeship is to educate more professionals in schools to have knowledge and understanding on diagnosis and interventions for these students. Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Katelyn Loogman

Kaitlyn Loogman, CYFS graduate student
Katelyn Loogman, CYFS graduate student

Name: Katelyn Loogman

Hometown: Kearney, Nebraska

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year (just completed)

Project: School Psychology Specialization in Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

What will you be doing with the project? 

I will be learning about the integral role school psychologists play in managing concussions in schools, including involvement in assessing baseline and post-injury functioning, progress-monitoring during recovery and facilitating a safe return to regular activity. Full Article

Research aims to battle adolescent bullying, peer threat

Meredith Martin, assistant professor of educational psychology, is conducting research on factors contributing to peer threat to understand how children cope in different ways.
Meredith Martin, assistant professor of educational psychology, is researching children’s individual responses to bullying and peer threat to help tailor effective solutions.

Take a moment to recall a particularly overwhelming day.

Morning comes way too early after a restless, worry-fueled night of tossing and turning. A knotted, roiling stomach makes eating breakfast difficult. Deadlines loom, with too much to do in too little time. Full Article