Funded Projects

Research that shapes the future

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Advancing Measurement of Spanish-Speaking Students' Mathematics Achievement: A Novel Approach for Controlling Selection Bias in Evaluations of DIF Principal Investigator: Natalie Koziol

The Effectiveness of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation on Student Outcomes in Rural Communities: A Follow-Up Study Principal Investigator: Henry Bass

Ready Rosie Principal Investigator: Helen Raikes

NDE Home Visit Study Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Strengthening Nebraska's Communities and Cultivating Better Teachers through Arts-Based Education Principal Investigator: Theresa Catalano

Team Nutrition Training Grant in Nebraska Principal Investigator: Dipti Dev

Early Education & Development

21st CCLC Observation Rubric Development Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith

Research & Evaluation Methods

Take Flight Farms/St. Monica's Equine Assisted Therapy Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith

Testing the Efficacy of INSIGHTS for Promoting Positive Learning Environments and Academic Achievement in Nebraska: A Replication Study Principal Investigator: Gwen Nugent

Dental Wars: Arming Immigrants with the Tools to Combat Poor Dental Health and Stigma Principal Investigator: Mary Willis


Development and Preliminary Test of the Empowering Networks to Eliminate Trans Stigma (E-NETS) Intervention Principal Investigator: Elliot Tebbe


Teachers and Parents as Partners-Vertical (TAPP-V): Supporting Students with ADHD Across Grade-Level Transitions Principal Investigator: Matthew Gormley


The Roles of Community Health Workers in Addressing Adolescent Maternal Mental Health in a Kenyan Refugee Camp Principal Investigator: Julie Tippens


Train the Coach Approach: Sustaining High-Quality Mathematical Learning in Early Childhood Settings Principal Investigator: Kelley Buchheister


Maker Fridays: Engaging Rural and Underrepresented High School Students in Pre-Engineering Design and Creativity Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith

Nebraska STEM: Supporting Elementary Rural Teacher Leadership Principal Investigator: Amanda Thomas

Evaluate Education Improvement in Schools that Received SIG Funding (2018) Principal Investigator: Lorey Wheeler

Research & Evaluation Methods

Nebraska Multi-Tiered System of Support Implementation Support Team Principal Investigator: Tanya Ihlo

South Dakota Part C/Getting Ready Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Early Education & Development

Go NAP SACC Online Tool and Evaluation Principal Investigator: Dipti Dev

Common Measures e-Learning Principal Investigator: Seth Teager

Research & Evaluation Methods

4-H Common Measures Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith

An Examination of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation's Effects on Teacher-Student Interactions Principal Investigator: Sonya Bhatia

Supporting Early Childhood Development in Africa: Capacity-Building Partnership Principal Investigator: Natalie Koziol

Understanding Early Adolescents Coping with Peer Threat: Insecurity as a Risk Factor for Psychopathology Principal Investigator: Meredith Martin

Nebraska's ELO Design Challenge: Designing AQuESTT-Aligned ELO Programs Supporting School Districts Across Nebraska Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith

Using Self-Regulation to Predict Preschoolers' Disruptive Behavior Disorders Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan

Enhancing Students with Math Difficulties Transition from Arithmetic to Algebra Principal Investigator: Jessica Min Namkung

Examining Elementary Teachers' Enactment of Digital Instructional Materials for Mathematics Principal Investigator: Amanda Thomas

STEM Education

STEM Pathways in the Community College: An Examination of How Community Colleges Broaden or Restrict Institutional Capacity for the STEM Transfer Function Principal Investigator: Elvira Abrica

STEM Education

Development and Validation of the Inventario Dimensional de Avaliacao do Desenvolvimento Infantil Principal Investigator: Natalie Koziol

Needs and Adaptation of Caregivers of Young Children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in Northeast Brazil: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study Principal Investigator: Natalie Williams

Preschool Science Talk in Action and Reflection (Pre-STAR) Principal Investigator: Soo-Young Hong

NDE Getting Ready Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Early Childhood Plan Evaluation Principal Investigator: Greg Welch


Analysis of Effective Science Coaching: What, Why and How Principal Investigator: Gwen Nugent

STEM Education

Equity in Engineering: Understanding and Promoting All Elementary School Children's Knowledge of and Motivation to Engage in Engineering Principal Investigator: Lorey Wheeler

Assessing Home Food Environment and Diabetes Self-Management Among Adult Type 2 Diabetes Patients Principal Investigator: Weiwen Chai

A Missing Link to a Better Tomorrow: Developing Health Literacy in Transition-age Youth with High Incidence Disabilities Principal Investigator: Alexandra Torkelson-Trout

A Randomized Trial of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) with Latino Students: A Replication Study Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan

School Psychology Specialization in Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Principal Investigator: Scott Napolitano

Early Learning Network Lead Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan

Learning Frontiers: Pre-K to Grade 3 Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan

Efficacy of the START-Play Program for Infants with Neuromotor Disorders Principal Investigator: James Bovaird

Getting Ready 0-3 (GR03): Supporting the Development of Infants/Toddlers Through an Integrated Parent-Teacher Relationship-based Approach Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Thresholds II Principal Investigator: Greg Welch

Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Evaluation Principal Investigator: Lisa Knoche

Math Early On II Principal Investigator: Victoria Molfese

Estimating Mediation Effects in Prevention Studies Principal Investigator: Matt Fritz

Developing a Model for Quality of Life: Identifying Domains and Determinants for Rural Ethnic Minorities Principal Investigator: Maria Rosario De Guzman

Family Style Dining: An Approach to Improve Healthier Meal Choices in Preschoolers Principal Investigator: Dipti Dev

School Psychology Specialization in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders Principal Investigator: Gina Kunz

Nebraska Wearable Technologies Principal Investigator: Bradley Barker

STEM Education

Evidence-Based Interactions Between Indoor Environmental Factors and Their Effects on K-12 Student Achievement Principal Investigator: Lily Wang

STEM Education

A Randomized Trial of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) in Rural Educational Settings: Efficacy for Elementary Students with Disruptive Behaviors Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan

Pursuing Causal Inferences With Complex Survey Data Principal Investigator: Natalie Koziol

Research & Evaluation Methods

The Efficacy of Technology-Delivered Mental Health Services in Rural Nebraska: Addressing the Needs of Students, Families and Schools Principal Investigator: Amanda Witte