Wendy Reinke, Ph.D., Co-Director (School Psychology)
Dr. Wendy Reinke completed her doctoral training in school psychology at the University of Oregon and is currently an Associate Professor in School Psychology at the University of Missouri. She teaches classes on prevention of emotional and behavior disturbances in children, public health perspectives, research design, and evidence-based practices for children with emotional disturbances. Prior to coming to MU, she was a Prevention Science Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on preventing disruptive behavior problems in children. Dr. Reinke is also an expert in teacher consultation models in classroom management and is the developer of the Classroom Check-Up. She is the co-author of two books on the topic of teacher consultation, including one with Randy Sprick and Jim Knight entitled Coaching Classroom Management and another with Keith Herman and Randy Sprick entitled Motivational Interviewing for Effective Classroom Management: The Classroom Check-up.
Keith Herman, Ph.D., Co-Director (Counseling Psychology)
Dr. Herman is a Professor in the Department of Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Herman primarily teaches doctoral coursework in the areas of parent behavior management, developmental psychopathology, and research design. Originally trained as a counseling psychologist at the University of Florida, Dr. Herman retrained in school psychology at the University of Oregon and also completed postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the department at Mizzou, he was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His research takes a prevention science approach to understanding, preventing, and treating child depression. He has developed a conceptual model describing social developmental pathways to child depression with emphasis on modifiable aspects of schooling and parenting that contribute to children’s risk. This model has informed the development of school and family interventions for children who are depressed.
Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Director (Social Work)
Dr. Aaron M. Thompson completed his PhD in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to this, Aaron worked as a counselor and special educator in a juvenile detention facility, as an educational disability evaluation specialist, and as a public school social worker and principal. Currently, Aaron is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri and the Associate Director of the Missouri Prevention Center. Aaron’s research interests include the origins of mental and behavioral health issues among youth, training for school-based mental health service providers, and the development and evaluation of early prevention and intervention efforts to improve school readiness and reduce disruptive and aggressive behaviors for high risk children. Aaron is the developer of The Self-Management Training and Regulation Strategy (STARS), and the Principal Investigator on a $3.5M US Department of Education award to test the effects of STARS using a randomized control trial with 5th grade students who present challenging classroom behaviors. Aaron is also the Principal investigator on a $4.1M contract with Boone County, Missouri to develop the Family Access Center of Excellence of Boone County and the Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Wendy Reinke on the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition.
Francis Huang, Ph.D., Methodology Branch (Educational Research Methods)
Dr. Huang is an experienced management consultant and quantitative researcher. He currently teaches subjects related to linear/nonlinear regression, multivariate statistics (e.g., factor analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis), and data management. Research interests focus on the use of applied quantitative methods for policy analysis (e.g., bullying, school violence, literacy growth), large scale data analysis, birthdate effects/season of birth research, and the development and validation of empirically supported measures and scales.
Clark Peters, Ph.D., Prevention Policy Branch (Social Work)
Clark Peters, PhD, MSW, JD, is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Social Work and Truman School of Public Affairs, focusing his work primarily on child welfare, adolescents in state care, and juvenile justice. He is also is a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy, holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Missouri School of Law, and is a Faculty Director of Youth Development at the Center for Social Development at Washington University is St. Louis. As a Skadden Fellow at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, he represented youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in civil rights actions. He has presented, taught, and written widely on issues of juvenile justice, foster care, and child welfare. His current research work focuses on youths in foster care, financial capability, asset building, and youth engagement, and appears in Social Work, the Missouri Law Review, Journal of Public Child Welfare, and the Children and Youth Services Review.
Chris Riley-Tillman, Ph.D., Measurement Branch (School Psychology)
In his current position, Dr. Riley-Tillman provides training in assessment, intervention and consultation. He brings qualifications in the areas of applied behavior analysis, behavioral assessment, academic assessment and intervention, and the development and validation of assessment and intervention methodologies which are both empirically supported and feasible. His research interests involve social behavioral assessment, academic assessment/intervention, and consultation. He has authored over 60 articles, book chapters and books. Dr. Riley-Tillman serves as Co-Principal Investigator on Project VIABLE an IES-funded grant with goals to develop and evaluate procedures for direct behavior rating scales to effectively and efficiently measure student behavior. Dr. Riley-Tillman is currently serving as an Associate Editor for School Psychology Forum and board member of School Psychology Review.
- Wes Bonifay (Assistant Professor, Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation)
- Brad Curs (Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
- Kristin Hawley (Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology)
- Erika Lembke (Professor, Special Education)
- Matt Martens (Professor, Counseling Psychology)
- Lori Newcomer (Associate Research Professor, ESCP)
- Sarah Owens (Assistant Teaching Professor, School Psychology)
- James Sebastian (Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
- Melissa Stormont (Professor, Special Education)
- Lou Ann Tanner-Jones (Assistant Clinical Professor, ESCP)
- Wolfgang Wiedermann (Assistant Professor, Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation)
Crystal Lewis, Director, Data Strategy
Crystal oversees research activities occurring within the MPC. Her role includes consulting on project coordination, data management, analysis, and data visualization. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and has been with the MPC team since 2013.
Marcus Petree, Research Assistant
Marcus is a Research Assistant with the MPC. He currently works as the project coordinator for the CHAMPS, NIJ-START, and IES-SCSL projects under Dr. Herman, helping to coordinate research activities with fellow members of the team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Mizzou and has been a member of the MPC team since August of 2013.
Ellen Wilson, Research Associate
Ellen is a Research Associate and coordinator of the STARS Project. Her role includes intervention planning, data management, data tracking and overseeing all logistical aspects of the project. She received a Master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri in 2001 and has taught students from the preschool to the university level.
Kali Falnes, Research Assistant
Kali is a Research Assistant with the MPC. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and camping. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millsaps College. In the past she has worked as a mental health technician for adolescents with mental health disorders as well as a research coordinator for laboratories studying a variety of topics such as substance use, working memory, and anxiety. Her research interests include studying substance use disorders, specifically alcohol misuse as well as studying empirically supported treatments for mental health disorders. She is the project coordinator for the DiSCO project. She is excited to focus her research on early assessment and prevention of mental health disorders in young adults.
Juju Ye, Research Assistant
JuJu is a research assistant at the MPC as a cross-project support. She recently graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Missouri and plans on going to graduate school for School Psychology. She is excited to be a part of the MPC team and is interested in understanding and preventing internalizing problems in youth.
Carolyn Conway, Research Assistant
Carolyn is a research assistant at the MPC as a cross-project support. She recently graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Missouri and plans on going to graduate school for School Psychology. She is excited to be a part of the MPC team and is looking forward to learning more about prevention science, with a specific interest in the prevention of depression and anxiety.
David Aguayo, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I’m an educator by heart and training! I operate under a model of potentiality: always looking on how to help improve myself and others. Specifically, I’m interested in helping individuals transform their educational system so that it works for them! Call me an activist scholar… or “here comes trouble!”
Chynna McCall, Postdoctoral Fellow
Chynna McCall earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been a School Psychologist in Colorado working with preschool-12th grade students. During her time in Colorado she worked on improving school climates to help promote student identity development through school level consultation, consultation with teachers, and individual and small groups with students. Her research focuses on the creation of a school environment that facilitates prosocial student identity development. Her work investigates the influence the school environment has on a student’s identity development, identify expression (e.g., racial identity, gender identity, sexuality, and intersectionality), and internal and external behaviors. Her examination of this area also emphasizes the affect implicit bias and the resulting stereotyping behavior (by school staff and faculty as well as other students) has on a student’s identity development and resulting internal and external behaviors. Her work concerning implicit bias focuses on how stereotyped identifying characteristics (e.g., vocal prosody, body shape, skin color, etc.) of a category (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, and disability) impact student identity development and their resulting behaviors and academic achievement.
Carole Kelley, START Principal Training Coach
Carole Kelley has more than 30 years of educational experience in a variety of roles: classroom teacher, college adviser, Advanced Placement coordinator and school administrator supervising a staff of 35 people. She has experience working with governance boards, community foundations, grant writing and interacting with policymakers on issues related to state regulations and accreditation. Carole is the Oklahoma clinical instructor and school leadership coach for the Prevention Center. In schools across Oklahoma she coaches administrators and teachers on improving their leadership skills. She also has consulted for urban turnaround schools to increase rigor to the classroom, provided professional development to both faculty and administrative teams, and worked one-on-one to help teachers align lesson plans with Oklahoma State Standards. She serves on the boards of directors of the Oklahoma City Teach for America and THRIVE, a Teen Pregnancy Prevention nonprofit organization. She is an active member of the Oklahoma City Downtown Rotary Club.
Sherry Labyer, Ed.D., START Principal Training Coach
Dr. Sherry Labyer has more than 30 years of experience in education in a variety of roles. She was as an elementary classroom teacher, school career and guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. She was Executive Director for the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability for the state of Oklahoma. Sherry teaches educational leadership courses for the University of Central Oklahoma. Her doctoral studies are in Educational Leadership. She is the Oklahoma clinical instructor and school leadership coach for the Prevention Center, coaching administrators and teachers across Oklahoma on improving their leadership skills. Dr. Labyer is a Certified Learning Environment Architect which enables her to develop online and blended learning courses for UCO. She conducts workshops on test taking skills and provides professional development for educators across Oklahoma. She was appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to serve on the Education Oversight Board and the Oklahoma Works career task force. She worked extensively with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to develop a federal required equity plan, served on the teacher shortage task force, and career pathways task force for Oklahoma students. She is past vice president of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, past president of the United Suburban Schools Association, and is an active member of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators.
Kirsten Baker (School Psychology)
Kirsten is a second-year doctoral student in school psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Kirsten has three years of experience with classroom interventions as well as inpatient service. She is very excited to join the MPC team and learn more about prevention science!
Nicketa Coombs (School Psychology)
Nicketa is a third-year doctoral student at MU. She joined the team Fall of 2017 after transferring from Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at the University of Mary, and another in Health and Wellness at Lincoln University. Nicketa received her Masters of Education at Central Methodist University and has been working alongside school-based practitioners for a few years. Her research interests include Student-Teacher Relationships and Disproportionality in School Discipline. She is delighted to be a part of the MPC team, especially for the opportunity to further evidence-based practices focusing on prevention.
Sarah DeMarchena (School Psychology)
Sarah is a second year graduate student in the School Psychology Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 2015. Sarah is interested in interventions that promote teacher and student social-emotional wellbeing, teacher-student relationships, and a positive school climate.
Colleen Eddy (Counseling Psychology)
Colleen is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate studies and then Boston College for a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Most recently she worked for the VA healthcare system in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She is excited to learn more about prevention science during her time at Mizzou.
Krista Edwards (School Psychology)
Krista is a second-year doctoral student who graduated with her bachelors in Psychology from Hampton University in 2015. She has experience working on both clinical mood and emotion regulation studies as well as intervention projects like the Good Behavior Game and Path to Pax. She just finished a School-Based Violence Prevention Project with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health this past spring, and she is excited to be a part of the MPC!
Ashley Hobbs (Social Work)
Ashley is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s in social work. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri in the Spring of 2017. Ashley has worked with at-risk youth within the community of Columbia, MO and abroad. She is interested in working to provide better resources for at-risk youth in the community and is excited to learn more about how schools can be vital in providing key interventions to students and families.
Caroline Hodgson (School Psychology)
Caroline is a fourth-year doctoral student in school psychology. She received her bachelor’s in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Her interests involve promoting evidence-based practices in the prevention of depression and anxiety and applying advanced measurement models to support school-based service provision.
Toby Mills-Sandoval (Social Work)
Toby is a second-year doctoral student and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her BA from University of Missouri, Columbia and her MSW from New Mexico Highlands State University. Toby has several years of experience providing mental health services to children and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Her research interests include: creating trauma-informed educational policy and yoga and mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral group interventions to help students cope with stress and trauma. Toby is excited to join the MPC team and gain valuable experience conducting intervention research in the school setting.
Anjana Ramnath (Bioinformatics)
Anjana is a Bioinformatician and is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in Medical Informatics with the MU Informatics Institute. Her areas of interest include Computational neuroscience, Biomedical Informatics and Genomics.
Madison Schoen (School Psychology)
Madison is a first-year doctoral student in School Psychology at MU. She received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She continued her education at SIUE and received a Masters degree in Clinical Child Psychology. During her Masters program, she gained experience in implementing individual and group interventions within multiple Madison County Head Starts. She looks forward to continuing her education on evidence-based interventions while working with the MPC team!
Mike Van Wie (School Psychology)
Mike is a third-year doctoral student in school psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. For the past six years he has worked in clinical psychology research laboratories across the United States. He is involved with the STARS and CHAMPS projects and is interested in prevention of depression and anxiety in children.
Updated July 2018