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Current Research Projects

Oregon Research Schools Network (ORSN)

The Oregon Research Schools Network (ORSN) is an educational extension outreach unit of the University of Oregon. The promise of the ORSN is rooted in decades of research demonstrating that teacher-led, evidence-based, and multi-year educator professional development based on collaborative rigorous research designed to resolve local problems of practice will improve high school graduation rates, post-secondary education participation, and other important outcomes.

Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide

The Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide is charged with overseeing implementation of the Oregon Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP) and evaluating outcomes related to suicide prevention in Oregon.

GoSTEM! Technology-Rich Service Learning

In July of 2019, students from South Eugene Robotics Team (SERT) participated in a camp to teach middle schoolers how to create modified ride-on cars (ROCs) for young children with limited mobility. The modification of the cars is part of the Go Baby Go program, a national, community-based research, design, and outreach program that provides modified ROCs to families free of charge. Dr. Cole Galloway from the University of Delaware created the Go Baby Go program in 2012. The Center on Human Development is currently researching the impact modifying the ROCs has on youth’s interest in STEM and robotics and whether modifying the ROCs encourages the youth to feel a sense of service to help their community. Dr. Chris Knowles and Jeff Gau are leading the GoSTEM! Project. Other collaborators include Dr. Sam Logan (Oregon State University) and Dr. Bethany Sloane (Oregon Health and Sciences University). The University of Oregon Holden Center provided the funding for the five jeeps and other materials needed to modify the ROCs.

Project SELECT: Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood for Infants and Toddlers

Project Period: September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2019

Funding Agency: Institute of Educational Sciences (IES)

Project SELECT will develop a curriculum for use by parents and home visitors that will improve social emotional competence in young children with disabilities and at risk for disabilities.

Oregon Screening Project: Enhancing Child Find Opportunities for Oregon Families

Principal Investigator: Jane Squires, Ph.D.

Project Coordinator: Kimberly Murphy

Project Period: 2008 to present

Funding Agency: Oregon Department of Education and Center on Human Development (CHD)

Oregon Screening Project hosts Check Your Child's Development as part of Oregon’s universal screening and Child Find efforts. On this parent-driven, interactive website, parents and primary caregivers can complete one or two standardized early childhood screening measures online at no cost. Parents/caregivers of young children ages 1 month up to 6 yrs can check a child’s early development with confidentiality, at will. Participants download or receive by email, Results letters, support materials and copies of the child’s questionnaires to share with family, caregivers and/or health care providers.

Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Interview Schedule to Assess Psychopathology in Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

Project Period: August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2020

Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

This project will adapt the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) for assessing DSM-5 mental disorders for use among adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities (ages 14 to 21 years).

Pearl Duck Autism Center

Assessment, education, and research-based support for families and organizations in the community.

Next Generation of Indigenous Scholars in Special Education

Project Period: January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2021

Funding Agency: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

This project provides training support to six doctoral students who program of study includes a focus on American Indian and Native Alaskan students with disabilities.

Student Ownership, Accountability, and Responsibility for School Safety (SOARS)

Co-Principal Investigator: Claudia Vincent, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator: Christopher Murray, Ph.D.

Project Period: June 1, 2015 to May 30, 2020

Funding Agency: Department of Justice

The purpose of this multi-state project is develop a tool and processes to effectively prevent and respond to school safety and school climate concerns within high school settings.