Bresnahan-Halstead Center Graduate Research Assistant

The primary mission of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center is to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality service for individuals with disabilities and their families through research, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, partnerships, and student scholarships/financial assistance.

A graduate research assistantship is available for a doctoral student interested in obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Special Education. The Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is for 20 hours a week for three semesters and includes full tuition and fees (not health insurance). The purpose of the assistantship is to assist the staff of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center and the faculty in the School of Special Education to complete activities aligned with the mission of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center.

The necessary background includes teaching experience with students who have significant support needs. In addition, the position requires full-time, on-campus enrollment in the Ph.D. program in the School of Special Education.

Interested in Applying?

individuals interested in applying for the position should contact Dr. John Luckner (, the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Bresnahan-Halstead Center for an application.

Current Recipient

The position is currently filled by Sara Movahedazarhouligh. She is a second-year doctoral student focusing on early childhood special education. Currently she is helping the Bresnahan-Halstead Center with two research projects including:

  • Social-emotional learning in children and youth with deafness/hard of hearing
  • Special education directors' needs assessment survey

Last Year's Recipient

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center provided a Graduate Research Assistantship to Jason Robinson during his doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado.  His research assignment for the Center included work with:

  • The MURSION project
  • Teaching
  • Other projects with which the Center was involved