Faculty mentors work with you on research and advanced scholarship projects, which include a wide range of topics and interest areas within specific graduate programs.
Research & Scholarship by Program
As a student in LC’s graduate program in counseling, you will be encouraged to become an active scholar within your discipline.
Our graduate students link their academic research and field experiences to opportunities for presentations at state and regional conferences.
Four counseling education students presented at the annual graduate conference of the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision held in February 2011 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Though the conference was initially developed to showcase doctoral research, University of Lynchburg MEd students have been presenting since it was first organized.
- Curt Gleeson – “Effects of Parental Cancer on the Family: Implications for Family Counseling”
- Sarah Lester -“Identity Development in Immigrant Adolescents: Applications and Practices in School Counseling”
- Stacie Lumsden and Lauren Carr – “Counseling Parents of Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder”
- Thom Field ’11 – “Do Counselors Use Empirically Supported Treatments?”
- Summer Tetterton (with Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth) – “Older Women and Intimate Partner Violence: Effective Interventions” published in December 2010 Journal of Interpersonal Violence
- Melissa Rolfes presented “Incorporating Meditation and Yoga into Group Therapy: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction” and Curt Gleeson presented “Counseling Families with Parental Cancer” at the 2011 Virginia Counselors Association’s Annual Conference.
The MEd in Reading Program offers a unique research opportunity if you are working toward a Reading Specialist endorsement or if you are preparing to pursue a doctoral degree.
Through RDNG 695, you can:
- Propose and conduct original action research in literacy education
- Work with faculty mentors
- Write articles for submission in national, state, or local publications
- Present research at national, state, and local venues
The MEd in special education offers you in-depth study and research opportunities to explore specific areas of interest or pursue research projects in individual classes beyond class assignments.
Previous and current research projects include:
- Autism Spectrum disorders
- Reading disabilities
- Intellectual disabilities
- Emotional and behavior disorders
- Criminal justice for individuals with disabilities
- Teaching strategies for children with disabilities
An overview of work completed by special education students and graduates shows the breadth and depth of projects undertaken since 2008.
The University of Lynchburg Journal of Special Education, a publication that consists almost entirely of LC students’ work, publishes exemplary pieces written within individual graduate courses in addition to research conducted beyond class assignments.
|Graduate Student||Title||Venue (Publication/Presentation)||Faculty Mentor|
|Antoine, Karian||Biological etiology and promises of prevention||Intellectual Disabilities (book chapter)||Polloway|
|Bailey, Wendy||Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs (10c)||(Book)
|Beyer, Julie||Autism spectrum disorders and sibling relationships||Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities
|Ethical considerations in teaching self-determination: challenges in rural special education||Rural Education Quarterly||Polloway|
|Beyer, Julie||Strategies for helping struggling readers comprehend expository text||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Criminal justice in individuals with disabilities: Introduction to the special issue||Exceptionality||Polloway|
|Bryant, Jennifer||Effective instructional practices to prepare secondary students for transition into a post secondary setting: A literature review||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Burns, Twila||Facilitating inclusion: A team approach||LC Journal of Special Education||Buck|
|Driscoll, Emily||Teaching children with epilepsy: A literature review||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Field, Selina||Video modeling: An effective, evidence-based practice for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders||LC Journal of Special Education||Barnhill|
|Floyd, Jeanie||Asperger syndrome: A literature review||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway, Barnhill|
|Jacobs, Kelley||Defining reading disabilities: Multiple deficits behind one problem||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|James, René||Emotional and behavioral disorders||LC Journal of Special Education||Barnhill|
|Lubin, Jacqueline||Emotional and Behavioral Disorders||(Book chapter)||Polloway|
|Lubin, Jacqueline||Feeblemindedness||Encyclopedia of American Disability History||Polloway|
|Lubin, Jacqueline||Mild intellectual disabilities: legacies and trends and concepts and educational practices||Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities||Polloway|
|State guidelines for mental retardation and intellectual disabilities: A re-visitation of prior analyses in an era of change||Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities||Polloway|
|Martin, Gerin||Transition young children from early childhood special education programs to kindergarten: A literature review||LC Journal of Special Education||Buck,Polloway|
|McCorkle, Susan L.||Decreasing Self-Injurious Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders||LC Journal of Special Education|
|McCorkle, Susan L.||Visual Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders||LC Journal of Special Education|
|McDonnell, Shayla||Implementation of Token Economies in School Settings||LC Journal of Special Education|
|McMahon, Yvonne||Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Identification and Accurate Diagnostic Procedures||LC Journal of Special Education|
|Menal, Venesta||Phonemic Awareness||LC Journal of Special Education|
|Nelson, Marvalin||Intellectual and developmental disabilities||Handbook of Special Education||Polloway|
|Nicholas, Fabienne||Implementation and effective use of graphic organizers in the classroom||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Scott, Jessica||Psychological profiles associated with Prader-Willi syndrome||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Scott, Jessica R.||Reading Comprehension Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities or Reading Difficulties in Grades 3-12: A Literature Review, 2006-2011||LC Journal of Special Education|
|Scruggs, April||Effective reading instruction strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Scruggs, April||Rett syndrome: Characteristics, causes, and treatment||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Smith, Tammy||Self-determination for persons with developmental disabilities: Ethical considerations for teachers||Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities||Polloway|
|Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the criminal justice and implications for transition planning||Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities||Polloway|
|Sperduto, Susan||Non-responders: Current findings in reading instruction as related to students responsiveness to early intervention||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Thomas-Jeremy, Jean||Facilitating successful inclusion at secondary schools in Dominica: A study of teachers’ perspectives||LC Journal of Special Education|
|Virgile, Callista Brenda||Assistive technology: A tool for enhancing classroom instruction for students with learning disabilities||LC Journal of Special Education||Polloway|
|Virgile, Callista Brenda||Picture exchange communication systems: A review of the literature||LC Journal of Special Education||Barnhill|
|Vogel, Jeannine||Persons with disabilities in faith communities||Mental Retardation||Polloway|
|Weis, Marta||Autism – The Sensory Piece||LC Journal of Special Education|
|Yang, Lihua||A Comprehensive Look of Social Studies Instruction: Seeking Effective Strategies||LC Journal of Special Education|