Research & Projects


Examining the relationship between teaching practices and peer victimization

Peer victimization negatively impacts academic, psychological, and physical functioning in children. Studies have shown that whether and how children defend their victimized peers has a significant impact on victims’ adjustment. By examining the dynamic between teachers and students in fourth and fifth-grade classrooms over three years, this project will look at the complex ways in which teachers’ characteristics, practices, and actions affect students’ beliefs and attitudes, the classroom ecology, and, victimization and defending behaviors.

Research findings will facilitate the development of teacher training programs, anti-bullying policies and classroom management strategies. Funded by NSF, the Co PIs on this project are Jina YoonSheri Bauman, and Russ Toomey of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Talk It Out!

Talk It Out is a partnership between the College of Education Counseling Program and Tucson Unified School District, which grew out of the need to provide mental health services to students and families in the community who might otherwise encounter barriers to access. The program provides free and timely mental health counseling services to TUSD students and families using a practicum training model, supported by both masters and doctoral students. We are thrilled to announce an $87,000 grant the David and Lura Lovell Foundation (especially generous since they also provided Talk It Out with a $ 63,000 grant just last year, which allowed us to hire a program coordinator), a $50,000 grant from the Marshall Foundation, and a $14,000 grant from the Arizona Community Foundation. Congratulations to Assistant Professor Lia Falco who developed and oversees the partnership.