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    Capstone Research Projects

    The capstone project is a research experience that students begin in between their first and second year, and finish in their final semester of the programas a required part of obtaining a Specialist degree at UWL.

    • Students conduct research and present their research in a poster format at an appropriate conference (such as WSPA or NASP).
    • Most current students in the program choose the capstone project but can also choose a traditional thesis and defense route.

    Click here for a detailed description of the capstone option as part of our program.

    2015 Second Year Cohort

     Student Capstone Research Projects - Current and Past Years (w/advisor)

    Graduation Profile of Spring 2015 Graduates - includes research projects and internship sites

    2016 - Capstone Research Projects

    • Kythie Boyd, Social-Emotional Learning: Understanding Factors Affecting Teacher Implementation (Dr. Rob Dixon) Kythie's Poster
    • Liam Champeau, Improving High School Achievement: The Role of Friends and Engagement (Dr. Dan Hyson) Liam's Poster
    • Stefanie Eggert, Impacting Student Mental Health: Examining Teachers' Skills, Knowledge, and Needs (Dr. Rob Dixon) Stefanie's Poster
    • Ericka Grimm, Developing Students’ Character: The Impact of SW-PBIS (Dr. Rob Dixon) Ericka's Poster
    • Rachel Maziarka, Student Engagement: What it Means for English Language Learners (Dr. Joci Newton) Rachel's Poster
    • Jessica Muehlbauer, Professional Learning Communities: Exploring Burnout by Examining Teacher Collaboration (Dr. Rob Dixon) Jessica's Poster
    • Brittany Oblak, Student Engagement: The Impact of Relational Aggression in High School (Dr. Joci Newton) Brittany's Poster
    • Taylor Wacholz, Parental Attachment: Circle of Security Training in an Alternative School (Dr. Betty Deboer) Taylor's Poster
    • MacKenzie Welch, Teacher Efficacy in Classroom Management: Impact of Support and Experience (Dr. Joci Newton) MacKenzie's Poster
    • Anna Yeager, Seeking Help: How School Climate Influences Adolescents’ Decision (Dr. Dan Hyson) Anna's Poster
    • Amanda Yenter, RtI in High School: Teacher Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Burnout  (Dr. Dan Hyson) Amanda's Poster

    2015 - Capstone Research Projects

    • Kelsey Behrens, Reading Achievement: Examining the Impact of the Paired Reading Program (Dr. Betty DeBoer) Kelsey's Poster
    • Leah Braunschweig, School Safety: Examining High School Student Perspectives on School Climate (Dr. Rob Dixon) Leah's Poster
    • Ericka Dibelius, Paraprofessionals: Examining Their Knowledge of ADHD on Perceptions of Practices (Dr. Joci Newton) Ericka's Poster
    • Melissa Flucke, High School Athletics: Effects on Student’s Self-Efficacy (Dr. Joci Newton) Melissa's Poster
    • Kyra Halverson, Behavioral Consultation: Promoting Self-Efficacy With Preservice Teachers (Dr. Betty DeBoer) Kyra's Poster
    • Elizabeth Knutson, Suicide Prevention: Do We Use Technology to Help Adolescents (Dr. Betty DeBoer) Elizabeth's Poster
    • Eric Kuehn, Multicultural Competence: Examining Awareness, Knowledge and Skills of School Psychologists (Dr. Rob Dixon) Eric's Poster
    • Amy Litz, An Investigation of Gender and Social Skills Differences Within Academics (Dr. Joci Newton) Amy's Poster
    • Alaina Nesbitt, Body Image: Impact on Academic Self-Efficacy in Adolescence (Dr. Joci Newton) Alaina's Poster
    • Evan Pagel, Glass Half Full: Impact of Optimism on Student Academic Achievement (Dr. Rob Dixon) Evan's Poster
    • Jayme Vought - Implementing RtI: Factors of Burnout Among Teachers (Dr. Rob Dixon) Jayme's Poster

    2014 - Capstone Research Projects

    • Megan Galdes, Consultation Skills of School Psychologists: Impacting Teacher RtI Practices (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Lucas Gerber, An Examination of Teachers' Acceptance of Consultation with School Psychologists (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Katie Goulet, The Reading Gender Gap: Influences of Parent Gender-Role Stereotypes (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Brittany Harn, Homework Completion: Student Perspectives in a Standards-Based Era (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Sarah Jacobson, Burnout: Predicting Job Satisfaction Among School Psychologists (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Alissa Otto, Autism Stressors and Reliefs: A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Perspectives (Dr. Betty DeBoer) 

    2013 - Capstone Research Projects

    2012 - Capstone Research Projects

    Archive of Research Projects

    Organized by Faculty Advisor (Dixon, DeBoer, Newton)

    Dr. Robert J. Dixon's Advisees

    • Coping Styles in Adolescents with a Learning Disability and Adolescents in Regular Education  (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Effects of Martial Arts Training on Children's Attention  (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Effect of Motivation on Academic Engagement in Regular Education and Learning Disabled High School Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Assessment of Information Processing for Reading and Writing Achievement (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Information Processing Observation Form as a Predictor of Math Achievement (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • An Examination of Goal Orientations in High School Athletes and Non-Athletes (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Training Factors Affecting School Psychologists’ Comfort in Providing Services to Grieving Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Effect of High and Low Athletic Identity on Academic Self-Efficacy in Middle and Secondary Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Peer Acceptance Attitudes: Exploring the Differences between Transfer, Retained, and Accelerated Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Goal Orientation among Students Identified with Specific Learning Disabilities (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Examining Academic Self-Efficacy: Implications for Students at Risk of School Dropout (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Prediction of Relational Aggression Based on Hassles and Coping Styles of Female Adolescents (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • A Comparison between WISC-III and WISC-IV Composite Scores for Students with Specific Leaning Disabilities (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • An Examination of Teacher Resistance to Consultation with School Psychologists (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Gender Differences in the Self-Concept of Gifted and Regular Education Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Coping Styles in Gifted and Talented Adolescents and Adolescents in Regular Education (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Professional Burnout in School Psychology: Impact of Changing Practices (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Persistence in Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Persistence in Fourth and Sixth Grade Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Teacher Perceptions of Problem Solving Teams (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • To Tell or Not to Tell: Factors Predicting Adolescent Students’ Decisions to Report Social Aggression (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Comparison of CHC factors in the Woodcock Johnson-III and the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children-II  (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • The Relationship Between High School Athletics and Self-Efficacy (Dr. Rob Dixon)
    • Motivation: Goal Orientation Among Middle School Students (Dr. Rob Dixon)

    Dr. Betty DeBoer's Advisees

    • The Effects of the Mystery Motivator Technique on Homework Completion (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Efficacy of Early Reading Intervention Program Comparing Gender (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Examining the Link Between Behavior and Reading Problems: The Efficacy of Early Reading Intervention on Behavior and Reading Problems  (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • The Efficacy of Two Early Reading Intervention Programs for First Grade Hmong Students (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Academic and Behavioral Predictors of Problem Behavior in 4th Grade (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Phonemic Awareness as a Predictor of Reading Comprehension (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • The Impact of Early Reading Intervention on Concept Formation of First Graders (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Early Reading Skills as Predictors of Academic Achievement (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Classroom Behaviors of Children Identified as Poor Readers in First Grade (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Academic and Behavioral Predictors of Later Achievement for Low Readers (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Early Reading Intervention: Impact of Group Size (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • The Effects of Early Reading Intervention on Second and Third Grade Reading Achievement (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • School Psychologists’ Attitudes and Knowledge about Homosexuality: Implications for Graduate training Programs in School Psychology (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Reading and Academic Self-Efficacy (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Teachers' Knowledge and Opinions Toward ADHD and Stimulant Medication (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • The Relationship between Gender, Knowledge of Child Development, and Parenting Attitudes of Adolescents in an Urban School (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • The Efficacy of Skillstreaming on Elementary-Aged Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • Teacher Perceptions of the Importance and Feasibility of School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Activities (Dr. Betty DeBoer)
    • How Hispanic Families are Responding to the IEP Process (Dr. Betty DeBoer)

    Dr. Joci Newton's Advisees

    • Teacher Cultural Competence at an Elementary School with an Ethnically Diverse Student Population  (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Differences in Resilience among African-American, Inner City Students with and without Severe Disruptive Behaviors (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Effect of Experience and Professional Development on Multicultural Teaching Competence (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Teacher Knowledge and Views of the Response to Intervention Initiative (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Staff and Student Perceptions of School Climate: The Need for School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • The Relationship between Kindergarteners’ Social Skills and Literacy Development (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Family Involvement of Hmong Parents (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • Reading Self-Efficacy in Elementary Age Students (Dr. Joci Newton)
    • The Relationship Between Social Competence and Student Dropout (Dr. Joci Newton)