Carol Hagen

Principal Lecturer, Teacher Education and Administration, Director, Child Development Lab
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Office: 
Matthews Hall, 206-B
Phone: 
(940) 565-2555
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carol.hagen@unt.edu

Carol Hagen, EdD, is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration and the director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of North Texas. She is a practitioner that is committed to early childhood education. Her practice and research are focused on issues related to preschool children and their families and curriculum and management in diverse early education settings.

Recent Funded External Grants and Contracts

October 2005 - July 2013 - U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

October 2008 - October 2012 - Texas Workforce Commission Child Care Services Grant

Selected Articles

Myers, C. E., Bratton, S. C. Hagen, C. K., Findling, J. E., (2011) Development of the trauma play scale: Comparison of children manifesting a history of interpersonal trauma with a normative sample. International Journal of Play Therapy, 20. (2), 66-78

Hagen, C. K., (1993) When does literacy begin?  At the beginning. Focus on Infancy, 6 (1).

Hagen, C. K., (1991) Helping Infant Caregivers Construct Their Own Knowledge".  Focus on Infancy, 4 (1).

Recent Presentations

Hagen, (2012) Universal preschool in the USA: A dream unfulfilled. KSECE Biennial International Conference, Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea.

Hagen, (2012) Child care access means parents in school: moving beyond financial support and into changing community programs. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Atlanta, GA.

Hagen, D.K., Besier, S., Collins, S., Moving (2011) Beyond financial support and into changing community childcare. The Ohio State University Student Parent Support Symposium

Hagen, C.K. and Davis, T. J. (2009). The project approach in two countries: Preschool in South Korea and the United States. National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers (NCCCC). Phoenix, Arizona.

Honors/Awards

2012 - Texas Association for the Education of Young Children Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year

Fall 2007 - North Texas WorkForce Child Care Provider of the Year

Membership in Professional Organizations

National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Southern Association on Children Under Six

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Denton Area Association for the Education of Young Children

Bob Way

Building Coordinator, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 202
Phone: 
940-565-3429
Email: 
bob.way@unt.edu

Anne Rinn

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 322-M
Phone: 
940-565-3421
Email: 
anne.rinn@unt.edu

Published

Rinn, A. N., Reynolds, M. J., & McQueen, K. (2011). Perceived social support and the self-concepts of gifted adolescents. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 34, 367-396.

 

Published

Wininger, S., & Rinn, A. N. (2011). An examination of sport participation among academically gifted students. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 5(2), 77-88.

 

Published

Rinn, A. N., Plucker, J. A., & Stocking, V. B. (2010). Fostering gifted students' affective development: A look at the impact of academic self-concept. Teaching Exceptional Children, 6(4), 2-13.

 

Published

Rinn, A. N., Mendaglio, S., Rudasill, K. M., & McQueen, K. S. (2010). Examining the relationship between overexcitabilities and self-concepts of gifted adolescents via multivariate cluster analysis. Gifted Child Quarterly, 54(1), 3-17.

 

Published

Rinn, A. N. (2009). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Pamela Peak

Lecturer, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 322-H
Phone: 
940-565-4192
Email: 
pamela.peak@unt.edu

M. Angela Nievar

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-E
Phone: 
940-891-6800
Email: 
Angela.Nievar@unt.edu

As a family and developmental psychologist, I study parenting in families with young children. Specifically, I investigate parent-child interaction, parenting self-efficacy, families in poverty, early childhood environments, and home visiting. One of my foci is the diversity in parenting across and within cultures.

In addition to basic research, my grants have helped non-profit and community organizations fund their research and evaluation needs. This funding also allows for academic opportunities for my students to perform original research. I truly enjoy working with my students; I have advised and mentored over 40 graduates/undergraduates in research experiences. I enjoy seeing my students become successful in launching their careers. Some of them are now full-time faculty at UNT and other higher educational institutions. Many others are now leaders in their communities and countries, serving the next generation of children.

UNT Position

Child development; child and family policy; research internships; family life education; developmental and family theories; families, schools, and communities.

Research Interests

Research focuses on parenting in at-risk families with young children. Content areas include parenting efficacy, parent-child interaction, Latino families, the quality of early childhood environments (home and child care), and prevention/intervention programs for families in stress. Statistical expertise in meta-analysis.

Recent Publications

HIPPY home visiting: Effects on mothers' parenting skills
Nathans, Nievar, Tucker, Chen
Early Education and Development.

Relación entre violencia de pareja y estrés parental en población Mexicana
Brito-Tinajero, Delgadillo-Guzman, Nievar
Revista del Centro de Investigación de la Universidad La Salle

Parenting practices in preschool leading to later cognitive competence: A family stress model
Nievar, Moske, Johnson, Chen
Early Education and Development

A comparison of White and Hispanic women’s stories of adjustment to the birth of a child
Pollard, Nievar, Nathans, Riggs
Infant Mental Health Journal

Prathiba Natesan

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 316-J
Phone: 
940-565-4988
Email: 
prathiba.natesan@unt.edu

Refereed Publications

* coauthored with students, ** both authors contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order

Natesan, P. Aerts, Q. (In Press). Can library users distinguish between minimum, perceived, and desired levels of service quality? Validating LibQUAL+® using multitrait multimethod analysis. Library and Information Science Research.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.755)

Saylor, M. F., Boazman, J., Natesan, P., & Periathiruvadi, S. (2015). Subjective well-being of gifted American college students: An examination of psychometric properties of the PWIA. Gifted Child Quarterly, 59, 236-248.
(JCR I.F. = 1.188)

*, **Natesan, P., Ponce, H., & Chavez, A. (2015). Are LibQUAL+® and LibQUAL+® Lite scores psychometrically comparable? Library & Information Science Research, 37, 2127. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2014.07.004
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.755)

**Kalinowski, K., Natesan, P., & Henson, R. (2014). Stratified Item Selection and Exposure Control in Unidimensional Adaptive Testing in the Presence of Two-dimensional Data. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38, 563-576.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.677)

*Glover, R. J., Natesan, P., Wang, J., Rohr, D., McAfee Etheridge, L., §Booker, D. D., Bishop, J., Lee, D., Kildare, C., & Wu, M. (2014). Judgment and intuition: An exploration of relationships between moral judgment and moral foundations. Journal of Moral Education, 43, 394-412.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 0.532)

*Henson, R., Natesan, P., & Axelson, E. (2014). Comparisons of Improvement-over-chance Effect Sizes for Two Groups under Variance Heterogeneity and Prior Probabilities. Journal of Experimental Education, 82, 205-228. doi: 10.1080/00220973.2013.813359
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.789)

**Kieftenbeld, V. & Natesan, P. (2013). Examining the Measurement and Structural Invariance of LibQUAL+® across User Groups. Library and Information Science Research, 35, 143-150. doi: 10.1016/j.lisr.2012.11.003.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.755)

Natesan, P. & Kieftenbeld, V. (2013). Measuring Urban Teachers' Beliefs About African American Students: A Psychometric Analysis. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31, 315. doi: 10.1177/0734282912448243.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.081)

Kieftenbeld, V. & Natesan, P. (2012). Recovery of Graded Response Model Parameters: A Comparison of Marginal Maximum Likelihood and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Estimation. Applied Psychological Measurement, 36, 399-419.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.677)

*Lane, F., Anderson, B., Ponce, H. F. & Natesan, P. (2012). Longitudinal Invariance of the LibQUAL+® as a Measure of Library Service Quality. Library and Information Science Research, 34, 22-30.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.755)

Natesan, P., Carter, N. P., Webb-Johnson, G., & Walter-Roberts, P. (2011). Validity of the Cultural Awareness and Beliefs Inventory of Urban Teachers: A Parallel Mixed Methods Study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5, 238-253.
(Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) = 0.964)

Maghelal, P., Natesan, P., Naderi, J. R., & Kweon, B. (2011). Pedestrian Virtual Environment: Testing the adaptability of driving simulator, Journal of Architectural Planning Research, 28, 104-117.
(Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) for 2011= 0.433, JCR 5yr I.F. = 0.347)

*Kieftenbeld, V., Natesan, P., & Eddy, C. (2011). An Item Response Theory Analysis of the Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 443-454.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.081)

Pookulangara, S. & Natesan. P. (2010). Examining consumers' channel migration intention utilizing theory of planned behavior: A multigroup analysis. International Journal of Electronic Commerce Studies, 1, 97-116.

Natesan, P., Limbers, C., & Varni, J. W. (2010). Bayesian Estimation of Graded response multilevel models using Gibbs sampling: Formulation and illustration, Educational and Psychological Measurement, 70, 420-439.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.668)

Carter, N. P., Hawkins, T. N., & Natesan, P. (2008). The impact of verve on the academic achievement of African American and European American middle school students. The Journal of Educational Foundations, 22, 29-46.

Natesan, P. (2008). Time for paradigm diversity: A meta-analytic argument for the use of quantitative research in urban education, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, 1, 351-371.

Natesan, P. & Thompson, B. (2007). Extending improvement-over-chance I-index effect size simulation studies to cover some small sample cases. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 67, 59-72.
(JCR 5yr I.F. = 1.668)

Wendy Middlemiss

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-H
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940-369-8870
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wendy.middlemiss@unt.edu

Accepted/In-press

Foreword. In M. Jones & S. Jones. Great Expectations. Baby Sleep Guide.

Middlemiss, W.

London: Sterling Publications

 

Published

A Feasibility Study of FRIDGE ?"" An Intergenerational Nutrition Education Program

Kaplan, M., Alloway, F., & Middlemiss, W.

Journal National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

 

Published

An elaboration on the distinction between controversial attachment therapeutic practices and parenting strategies versus mainstream attachment parenting: A comment on the APSAC report

Curtner-Smith, M.E., Middlemiss, W., Green, K., Murray, A.D., Barone, M., Stolzer, J., Parker, Lysa, Nicholson, B.

Child Maltreatment, 11, 373-374

 

Published

Ethnic Differences in the Benefits of Home Visiting Services for Adolescent Mothers

Middlemiss, W. & McGuigan, W. M.

Family Relations. Family Relations, 54, 212-224

 

Published

How Do Sleep Arrangements Impact Nurse Practitioners’ Assessment of Development?

Middlemiss, W.

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,17, 33-40

Smita Shukla Mehta

Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 316-F
Phone: 
940-369-7168
Email: 
Smita.Mehta@unt.edu

I received my doctorate from the University of Oregon. My specialty is in the areas of severe behavior problems, severe disabilities, and inclusive education. My research interests include functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior support for individuals with developmental disabilities, analyzing the effect of teacher behavior on student performance, classroom management and instructional strategies, and inclusive education and support.


Published

*Balderaz, L., & Shukla Mehta, S. (2016). Computer Assisted Instruction to Improve Perspective-Taking Skills of Children with High Functioning Autism. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 3, 24-41.

Boesch, M. C., Shukla Mehta, S., & De Fonte, A. (Accepted pending revisions; 2016). A Review comparing AAC systems yields mixed results indicating that a broad focus may lead to narrow recommendations. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 10, 13-19.

Boesch, M. C., Shukla Mehta, S., & Da Fonte, M. A. (2016). A review comparing AAC intervention components yields a list of studied components, but conclusions regarding comparative effectiveness appear flawed. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 10, 108-1137. 

*Crone, R., & Shukla Mehta, S. (2016). Effectiveness of parent training on generalized use of behavior analytic strategies for decreasing the problem behavior of children with autism. Education and Treatment of Children, 39, 64-94.ISSN: 19348924, 07488491; H Index: 21; SJR: 0.74

Callahan, K., Hughes, H. L., Shukla Mehta, S., Toussaint, K. A., Nichols, S. M. & Ma, P. S. (2016). Empirically and socially validated evidence-based practices in autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 38, 678-692. DOI: 10.1177/1088357616632446 (Online First)
Impact Factor:1.065; Ranking: Education, Special 16 out of 37; Rehabilitation (SSCI) 35 out of 69; Psychology, Developmental 53 out of 65

*Alward Haber, J., Shukla Mehta, S., & Combes, B. (2015). The extent of autism knowledge of novice alternatively certified special education teachers in Texas. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 4, 1-17.

Schafer, E. C., Matthews, L., Mehta, S., *Hill, M., *Munoz, A., *Bishop, R., & *Moloney, M. (2013).  Personal FM systems for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): An initial investigation. Communication Disorders, 46(1) 30-52. doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2012.09.002
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.659; Impact Factor: 1.520; 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.737

*Hughes, H. L., Combes, B., & Mehta, S. (2012).  Managing autism:  Knowledge and training in autism spectrum disorders among special education administrators. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 25 (2), 90-98. Retrieved from http://www.casecec.org/documents/jsel/jsel_25.2.pdf.
Journal of CEC’s Council of Administrators of Special Education; Acceptance Rate 30%; ISSN: 15251810; Accession Number: 84429844

*Author was a student whom Dr. Mehta mentored for the study and publication.

Julie Leventhal

Lecturer, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-L
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940-369-5405
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Julie.Leventhal@unt.edu

Arminta Lee Jacobson

Professor, Educational Psychology, Director, Center for Parent Education
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-A
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940-565-2432
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arminta.jacobson@unt.edu

Accepted/In-press

International research on parenting and parent education: Collaborative conference & beyond. 42(1).

Jacobson, A. L. , & Seward, R. R.

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

 

Accepted/In-press

Impact of HIPPY on Home Learning Environments of Latino Families.

Nievar, A., Jacobson, A., Chen, Q. Johnson, U., Dier, S.

Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Published

The relationships between perceived parenting style, academic self-efficacy and college adjustment of freshman students

Jacobson, A. L., & Shaw, N. E.

TAFCS Research Journal, 1(1), 30-32

 

Published

Home visiting for at-risk families: A successful model for Latino families

Nievar, M. A., Jacobson, A., & Dier, S.

(ERIC Document Reproduction Service ED502647)

 

Published

Parent Education & Guidance.  In Bredehoft, D. J., & Walcheski, M. J. (Eds.) Family life education: Integrating theory & practice. (2nd ed.)  Minneapolis, MN

Jacobson, A. L.

National Council on Family Relations. [revision/rewrite]

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