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College of Education and Human Development

CEHD Student Researchers present at Annual Symposium

May 31, 2017

The 2nd Annual CEHD Student Research Symposium was held on April 25th and featured 43 doctoral, 10 master’s, and 6 bachelor’s degree-seeking students. Their research topics ranged widely, covering nearly every academic program offered by the College of Education and Human Development. This event, organized by CEHD’s Office of Student and Academic Affairs, is designed to ensure graduates leave their collegiate experience as engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars.

Presentations were broken into three delivery methods: oral presentations, round table presentations, and poster presentations. Presenters and topics are listed below.

Presenter Program of Study Presentation Title
Tameka Parker
Sarah Prigmore
MSW, Social Work
MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education
Linkages Between Teacher-Child Relational Quality and Early Childhood Education Professionals’ Social Tameka Parker MSW, Social Work Emotional Learning
Samantha HacherlBS, Athletic TrainingUlnar Collateral Ligament Tear of a Collegiate Baseball Player
Michelle GnolebaPhD, EducationExamining Relationships Among Faculty-Student Interactions, Academic Self-Efficacy, Self-Regulation, and Academic Achievement of Undergraduate Students
Patricia KelshawPhD, EducationIsometric Cervical Muscle Strength Does Not Affect Head Impact Kinematics in High School Boys’ Lacrosse
Sara BirkheadPhD, EducationTeachers’ Conflicting Beliefs About Mathematics Problem Solving and Student Ability
Ricardo SanchezPhD, EducationHappily Never After? Family Reunification Among Latinos During Times of Uncertainty
Sarah Bogdewiecz
Megan Sims-Fujita
PhD, Education
MEd, Special Education
An Evaluation of PBF Policies: Realizing Institutional Context
Beth DalbecPhD, EducationA Walk in Their Shoes: Stories of Mason First Generation College Students
Letty GuzmanPhD, EducationModernizing Higher Education at George Mason University: A Digital Story
Tami Carsillo
Heather Andrews
Ahmed Atef
Kudirat Giwa-Lawal
Melissa Hauber
Lily Lopez-McGee
Anthony Ray
PhD, EducationExperiments in Agency: A Global Partnership to Transform Teacher Research
Jessica Pope PhD, EducationEffects of Exercise Intervention on Fall Risk Score in Aging Adults with History of Falls
Stuart McCroryPhD, EducationPreliminary Analysis: No Differences in Leg Strength Between Fallers and Non-Fallers
Mariel CrawfordPhD, EducationPreliminary Analysis of the Effects of a Mobility Intervention Program for Fallers in Aging Adults
Terrie Galanti
Monique Apollon Williams
Daria Gerasimova
Xingya (Ivy) Xu
PhD, EducationHigh School Students’ Perceptions of Mathematics Relevance
Karen WrightsmanPhD, EducationDirectors of International Offices and Their Perspectives on Intercultural Competence
Amanda EstepPhD, EducationPreliminary Analysis of Variability Between Healthy and Injured Individuals During Running
Gisselle BrownPhD, EducationReading Interventions for Students with Disabilities in Secondary Social Studies Classrooms
Lauren FieldBS, Athletic TrainingCompartment Syndrome of the Lateral Thigh
Christie ByersPhD, EducationAccepting Chaos: Teacher Identity and Student-Centered Elementary Science
Jennifer FieldsPhD, EducationAssessment of Performance-Based Fitness Tests in NCAA Women Athletes
Elisabeth Chan
Laura Tokarczyk
Diana Delfin
Thuy Thi-Minh Tu
PhD, EducationUsing Critical Approaches to Examine Education
Amanda GarrettMS, Sport and Recreation StudiesHealth Coaching and Client Motivation: Using the Health Belief Model to Explain Fitness Facility Members’ Barriers and Motivators to Practicing Healthy Behaviors
Sungshim ChoiPhD, EducationHow Can Teachers Help Students Build Critical Media Literacy Skills?
Michele ColandenePhD, EducationCollaborative Benefits of a STEM Education
Janelle CompanionBS, Athletic TrainingMonomelic Amyotrophy in a Collegiate Volleyball Player: A Case Report
Doaa DashashPhD, EducationBarriers and Opportunities to Implementing Technology in Kindergarten Classroom Settings
Victoria FauntroyBS, Athletic TrainingRuptures of the Extensor Digitorum Communis Tendons in the Forearm of a Collegiate Football Player
Massa GongbayMEd, Counseling and DevelopmentStigma and Spirituality: Connecting to Africans in America
Rachel HammerPhD, EducationMathematics Manipulatives and Their Use in Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities: A Review of the Literature
Melissa Hauber
Boshra Zawawi
PhD, EducationLost and Found: Saudi Women at U.S. Universities
Cassandra HynusMS, Exercise, Fitness, and Health PromotionA Comparison of Physiological and Kinematics Responses of Utilizing Two Types of Ergometers in Rowing
Talisa JacksonPhD, EducationEnergy Education for Virginia Pre-service Teachers
Christina LeePhD, EducationElementary Classroom Teachers’ Experiences with Math Workshop
Bryndan LindseyMS, Exercise, Fitness, and Health PromotionCurrent Evidence of Gait Modification with Real-Time Biofeedback to Alter Kinetic, Temporospatial, Pain, and Function Related Outcome Measures: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Greer MancusoPhD, EducationInfluence of Study Abroad Experiences
Sean MartinBS, Athletic TrainingPreventative Measures for Ankle Sprains in XC Athletes
Kathleen Matson
Daria Gerasimova
PhD, EducationTeacher’s Perspective of Change in Instructional Practices in Mathematics
Hannah ParkMEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education/Biology Citizen Science for Virginia’s Secondary Schools: Best Practices and Case Study
Mirella SaldañaMEd, Counseling and DevelopmentFamily and School Partnership
Matt PrebblePhD, EducationEpidemiology of Middle School Sports Injuries in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States
Burnette ScarboroMEd, Education LeadershipDisparity of Race and Gender in STEM/STEAM Fields
Jordan GoffenaPhD, EducationThe Application of Self-Regulated Learning Theory as a Framework for Mental Skills Training in Sport
Nicole Van OortBA, Mathematics, Kinesiology MinorPerfecting the Perfectionist