Dean\'s Update - 9/8/2020
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Sept. 8, 2020


I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. As these turbulent times continue, it’s important to recharge and to find gratitude where we can.

I am thankful to each of you for contributing to a successful start to the new semester. I want to give a special thank you to the CITE team for preparing Farish for a handful of hyflex classes, dispatching laptops for staff working remotely and providing support to our newest faulty members.

This recent comment from one of our undergraduates underscores the value of delivering high-quality virtual learning wrapped in empathy:

“I just wanted to say thanks for a great first day! I’m in pre-teaching this semester and I was feeling discouraged about it since everything would be online but it was actually a great day! Thanks for everything you do for the students!”

We must continue to make the College of Education feel like home for our students, alumni and each other. I encourage you to share what makes the College home to you on our community message board.



Banner: the virtual classroom of Shea Culpepper (CUIN)


  • Advisor Raymond “Marshall” Miller will begin seeing health students Sept. 21. He joins Sade Orebiyi, our current health advisor. Meggan Gittens will begin seeing health students later this fall as a third advisor. We believe this additional support will improve student experiences and decrease time to graduation.
  • PEEPS Pantry continues to serve UH students during the pandemic. Students in need should make an appointment in the Navigation app, and they will received pre-packaged bags of groceries and supplies. Please share information about PEEPS with your students.


ACES Institute

  • We’re seeking UH students and faculty to serve as (virtual) mentors to Houston ISD students. Information sessions:
    • Ascending to Men (male mentors): Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.; RSVP here
    • ROSES (female mentors): Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.; RSVP here


  • Annual reminders:
    • If you plan to post photos of students on social media, please have them sign a photo release form (links on the COE intranet) each semester for the class. Email completed forms to Kathy Patnaude.
    • Branding: All designed items must be approved internally and by UH Branding. Email designs to Jaime Questell and Ericka Mellon to start the approval process. Also, PDFs posted on the website must use the approved UH fonts going forward.
    • Social media ads must be approved by the UH contracts office. Email Ericka Mellon and your department business administrator to start the process.
    • Swag must be ordered through a UH licensed vendor. Email Jaime Questell and your department business administrator to start the process.
    • Templates for PowerPoint presentations, flyers and letterhead are available on the COE intranet. Please download a copy and do not edit the original. Templated flyers still must be sent to Jaime and Ericka for review and UH Branding approval.


Editor’s note: External grant awards are listed under Office of Research. For publications, additional authors are not included. Please email Ericka Mellon with any questions.

Curriculum & Instruction


  • Laveria Hutchison, “Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Influence Literacy Achievement for Middle School Black Male Students,” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
  • Travis Weiland, “Using an interactive platform to recognize the intersection of social and spatial inequalities,” Teaching Statistics.


  • Jeanette Alarcon was nominated for an Executive Council position for the American Educational Studies Association.
  • Shea Culpepper, Sissy Wong and Jie Zhang were selected for the 2020-21 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.
  • Neelofer Tajani was selected as a pre-kindergarten report writer for the Texas Education Agency’s Texas Resource Review project.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Please welcome post-doc Susana H. Hernández, who is working on a grant with Lyle McKinney, and the new ELPS GA April Nguyen, a first-year grad student in counseling psychology!


  • Tiffany J. Davis, “Race, sport, and divisional classification matters: An examination of female athletes’ experiences at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) institutions.” Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.   
  • April Peters-Hawkins, “For us: towards an intersectional leadership conceptualization by Black women for Black girls,” Journal of Educational Administration and History.
  • Virginia Snodgrass Rangel, “Mechanisms of Matriculation: The Role of Professional Counselors in the College Choice Processes of Latino Men,” Professional School Counseling. “Counseling opportunity structures: Explaining college-going using a typology of school-level opportunity structures,” Professional School Counseling. “An examination of parent engagement in a primarily Latinx high school campus in a large urban school district,” Journal of Latinos and Education. “A Typology of High School Students’ Science and Math Motivational Beliefs,” Science Education.


  • Keith Butcher, Tiffany J. Davis, Elsa Gonzalez and Kristi Santi were selected for the 2020-21 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.
  • Ruth López was featured as a role model on Latino Community Stage.

Community Engagement

  • Duncan Klussmann participated in a back-to-school webinar hosted by Houston Public Media.
  • Ruth López served as a panelist at a Tarrant County Community College session focused on social justice in education.
  • Kristi Santi will serve as co-chair of the 2020 Learning Disabilities Worldwide Annual Conference. 

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, “Building teachers’ capacity to integrate math and science content: Implications for professional development and learning,” Journal of Science Teacher Education.
  • Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, Ezemenari Obasi, Lorraine Reitzel, “Tobacco-free Workplace Program at a Substance Use Treatment Center,” American Journal of Health Behavior. “Clinician Training in the Adaptation of a Comprehensive Tobacco Free Workplace Program in Agencies Serving the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, Lorraine Reitzel, “Organizational Characteristics and Readiness for Tobacco-Free Workplace Program Implementation Moderates Changes in Clinician’s Delivery of Smoking Interventions within Behavioral Health Treatment Clinics,” Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
  • Julie Dunsmore, “Toward integrating research on parent-child emotion talk and linguistic theory: A spotlight on parents’ (in)direct communication,” Social Development. “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: A mindset intervention for obese youth,” Journal of Genetic Psychology.          
  • Milena Keller-Margulis, “Developmental and Medical Risk Factors Associated with Parenting Stress in Mothers of Toddlers Born Very Preterm,” Infant Mental Health Journal.
  • Hanjoe Kim, “Loci of stuttering of English- and Korean-speaking children who stutter: Preliminary findings,” Journal of Fluency Disorders.
  • Yu Liu, “Morphological awareness and reading comprehension: Differential mediation mechanisms for native English speakers, fluent and limited English learners,” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
  • Yu Liu, Jorge Gonzalez, “Examining the factor structure of the Child Behavior Questionnaire-Very Short Form-Teacher Form in a Spanish-speaking Mexican-American sample,” Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Allison Master, “Cultural stereotypes and sense of belonging contribute to gender gaps in STEM,” International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology.
  • Sarah Mire, “Beliefs about causes of autism and vaccine hesitancy among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder,” Vaccine. “Where should we go from here? Identified gaps in the literature in psychosocial interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorder and comorbid anxiety,” Children’s Health Care.
  • Norma Olvera, “The evolving family mealtime: Findings from a focus group study of Hispanic mothers,” JIR Pediatrics and Parenting. “Culinary education programs for children in low-income households: A scoping review,” Children.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, “Health risk factors in American Indian and non-Hispanic White homeless adults,” American Journal of Health Behavior. “Urban Stress Indirectly Influences Psychological Symptoms through Its Association with Distress Tolerance and Perceived Social Support among Adults Experiencing Homelessness,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. “Predictors of Overnight and Emergency Treatment among Homeless Adults,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. “Examining the Moderating Effect of Anxiety Sensitivity on Past-Month Pain Severity and Heaviness of Smoking among Adult Smokers Experiencing Homelessness,” Addictive Behaviors.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Ezemenari Obasi, “Association of problematic alcohol use and food insecurity among homeless men and women,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Nathan Smith, “A structural equation model of the effect of masculinity and avoidant coping on gay and bisexual men’s sexual risk-taking,” AIDS and Behavior.

Book Chapter

  • Toya Conston, “Silent Grief and Invisible Presence” in “Helping College Students in Distress: A Faculty Guide.”


  • Julie Dunsmore was elected to fellow status in Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of APA.
  • Allison Master received the National Science Foundation STEM for All Video Showcase Presenter’s Choice Award and “Most Discussed Presentation.” She’s also serving as a consulting editor on the Child Development Editorial Board.
  • Norma Olvera was named co-chair elect of the Beyond Weight Division of the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior and interim vice president of the Hispanic Health Coalition.
  • The UH student chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, advised by Saira Rab, earned “star status” from the national organization.
  • Rachael Whitaker was selected for the 2020-21 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy.
  • Margit Wiesner earned the 2020 DLC Outstanding Contribution Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology for the book she co-authored, “Criminal Trajectories: A Developmental Perspective.”

Community Engagement


  • Check out the latest media stories featuring Sam Brower (CUIN), Carrie Cutler (CUIN), Bulent Dogan (CUIN), Kelli Drenner (PHLS), Leslie Frankel (PHLS), Margaret Hale (CUIN), Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Ezemenari Obasi (OOR), April Peters-Hawkins (ELPS) and Ruth López (ELPS; links not available).



  • Region 4 Professional Service Agreement. Texas Education Agency. $25,000 (Incl 8% IDC). Jacqueline Hawkins, PI (ELPS).
  • Child temperament as a moderator of maternal emotion coaching: Implications for pathways leading to behavior problems. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. $897,398 (Incl 55% IDC). Julie Dunsmore, PI (PHLS).


  • (Correction from June) Enhancing Hybrid Sheltered English Instruction for Secondary English Learners with Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices. $50,000, Jie Zhang, PI (CUIN), Laveria Hutchison, co-PI (CUIN).
  • Project WORLD Efficacy Follow Up. IES. $617,030 (Incl 55% IDC). Jorge Gonzalez, PI (PHLS), Yu Liu, co-PI (PHLS).
  • Horizon Outreach Fatherhood FIRE grant-subcontractor for RCT study. UH DHHS, ACF, Office of Family Assistance. $312,000 (Incl 55% IDC). Nicole Andrews, PI (CUIN).
  • Supporting Student Development Activities at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB2020). National Science Foundation. $17,498 (Incl 53% IDC). Susie Gronseth, co-PI (CUIN).
  • A Hip-Hop Art Project: Art Education for Racial Justice through Hip-Hop Inspired Curriculum. National Endowment of Arts. $81,386 (Incl 55% IDC). Sheng Kuan Chung, PI (CUIN), Xiaoyuan Xian, co-PI (CUIN), Miao Li, co-PI (CUIN).
  • Career: Broadening Participation in STEM: A Qualitative Analysis of Resilience Experiences and Strategies of Latina STEM Majors in Hispanic Serving Institutions. National Science Foundation. $1,247,169 (Incl 55% IDC). Elsa Gonzalez, PI (ELPS).
  • DP20-2001 Behavioral Health Project. Department of State Health Services. $250,000 (Incl 55%). Lorraine Reitzel, PI (PHLS), Ann Chen, other (PHLS).
  • CAREER: Supporting Mathematics Teachers in Developing a Critical Statistical Literacy for Teaching Statistics. National Science Foundation. $834,890 (Incl 55% IDC). Travis Weiland, PI (CUIN).
  • Gender Stereotypes in STEM: Exploring Developmental Patterns for Prevention. IES. $655,480 (Incl 55% IDC). Allison Master, PI (PHLS).
  • Reducing Anxiety & Depression in Youths with ASD: Is Group Social Skills Intervention Effective? Organization for Autism Research. $39,987. Sarah Mire, PI (PHLS), Jorge Gonzalez, co-PI (PHLS), Hanjoe Kim, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating: STEM Engagement through Mentoring and Family Engagement. National Science Foundation. $823,182 (Incl 55% IDC). Virginia Snodgrass Rangel, co-PI (ELPS), Rhoda Freelon, co-PI (ELPS).
  • US PREP-UH Fall 2020 Sub-award. US PREP-Texas Tech University. $60,000 (Incl 10% IDC). Robert McPherson, PI (Dean), Amber Thompson, other (CUIN).
  • Technology-Mediated Reading Comprehension Intervention for Elementary School Students Who Have Autism without Intellectual Disability. IES. $2,000,000 (Incl 55% IDC). Sarah Mire, co-investigator (PHLS), Shawn Kent, co-investigator (ELPS).
  • Envisioning Teacher Residency Across The Lone Star State. U.S. Department of Education. $658,599 (Incl 26% IDC). Catherine Horn, PI (ELPS).
  • Iterative Development of In-person and Virtual Curricula That Close Academic Achievement Gaps by Building Developmental Assets for Marginalized Youth. IES. $1,710,187 (Incl 55% IDC). Bradley Smith, PI (PHLS), Jorge Gonzalez, co-PI (PHLS), Hanjoe Kim, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • Action in Community: Translating Research Evidence into Health Equity. NIMHD. $2,500,000 (Incl 55% IDC). Norma Olvera, PI (PHLS).


  • CAPS (UH’s Counseling And Psychological Services) is offering the following virtual services this fall. Call 713-743-5454 with questions.

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