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Educational Psychology and Research

Educational Research & Psychology Program Faculty

Students admitted to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research are assigned a faculty advisor whose area of research most closely matches students' interests. The role of the faculty advisor is to assist students in planning their course sequence offer guidance and mentorship, and support students' transition to the University of Kansas and graduate study. While every incoming student is initially assigned an advisor, students may choose to switch to another advisor if their research interests better match those of another faculty member in Educational Psychology and Research.

Faculty research areas include:

  • Behavior Management in School Settings
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention
  • Development of Political and Civic Engagement
  • Group Identity and Intergroup Attitudes
  • Learning in Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs
  • Positive Youth/Adolescent Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Item Response Theory
  • Test Construction

David Hansen
Department Chair
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 618

Dr. Hansen is an associate professor at the University of Kansas in the School of Education where he teaches and maintains an active research program as a graduate faculty member. He completed his doctorate (2001) and post-doctorate experience (2001 to 2007) at the University of Illinois at... more

Bruce Frey
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 643

Bruce Frey, Ph.D. was trained at the University of Kansas in the areas of statistics, measurement and research design. His areas of research include classroom assessment, instrument development and program evaluation. Dr. Frey is the author of several books, including Statistics Hacks and Modern... more

Neal Kingston
University Distinguished Professor, Director Achievement and Assessment Institute, Educational Psychology Graduate Studies Coordinator, and Program Track Coordinator, Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 605A

To view Dr. Kingston's personal web page: nealkingston.ku.edu

Michael Orosco
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 630

Michael J. Orosco is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas. He was a bilingual special education teacher in Colorado for five years before earning a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Interdisciplinary research... more

Meagan Patterson at KU
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 632

Meagan M. Patterson is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Texas... more

Vicki Peyton
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 646

Dr. Peyton specializes in applied statistics and measurement, confirmatory factor analysis, educational and psychological item analyses.

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