The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality services for people with disabilities through research, professional development, partnership/technical assistance, and scholarships. As part of this mission, the Center is committed to assisting faculty in the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado with research projects aligned with the mission in the form of student stipends. Funding is available to support research of School faculty as well as members of the Bresnahan-Halstead Advisory Board and could include support for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for up to 8 hours of work per week.

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Recent Research Awards

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center supported research activities of the following faculty members of the School of Special Education at UNC:

  • John Luckner: Social-Emotional Interventions with Children and Youth who are Deaf: A Research Synthesis. Awarded GRA assistance (3 hr./wk.) to support project that synthesizes research on interventions on social and emotional learning with children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. This research synthesis allows identification of the interventions that have been effective and interventions that have promise as well as areas where additional research is needed.
  • Jason Robinson: Examining the Effectiveness of Teaching Prerequisite Social and Self-determination Skills Related to the Transition Goals of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. The Bresnahan-Halstead Center supported this research that investigated the effectiveness of explicit instruction on conversational skills of undergraduate students with intellectual disabilities through role playing.  The research investigated whether improving social skills (specifically, conversational skills) of students with intellectual disabilities allows young adults to be more prepared to obtain and maintain customized employment goals.
  •  Tracy Mueller/Robin BrewerMURSION [TeachLive] Project. Support was committed to continuation of this classroom simulation project for the 2016-2017 academic year to cover seven 4-hour sessions each semester (14 sessions total) for students in EDSE 325.  Use by other UNC programs was explored to not only offset the cost of the program, but to make it a UNC effort that would improve programs and serve as a recruiting mechanism for the University.
  • Silvia Correa-Torres:  Disabilities Support Services in Thai Universities.  As a result of research and data collection conducted in Thailand regarding current DSS in Thai and ASEAN universities, a manuscript co-authored by professors at Mahidol University and Dr. Correa-Torres was drafted and prepared for final translation before publication.  Center support was for translation services. 
  • Robin Brewer:  Flipped Classroom.  Research was conducted to determine whether using a “flipped” design in a classroom is the best strategy for teaching a face-to-face methods classes, focusing on preservice teachers’ perceptions of flipped learning and if they believe their learning is increased as a result of this strategy.