Education

Melissa Baese-Berk, Department of Linguistics

Melissa Baese-Berk studies speech perception and production, with special attention to nonnative speakers and listeners. She looks closely at variation in speech production and how that variation influences listeners in perception. She has also worked extensively on how various aspects of perception and productions systems interact. Baese-Berk serves as director of the UO's Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate Program and as an undergraduate advisor.

Jim Brooks, Student Aid and Scholarships

Jim Brooks is an expert in college savings, tuition, debt, student loans and state and federal grants for student financial aid. He understands the costs of higher education, and knows the ins and outs of finding ways to pay for it.

Tiffany Brown, College of Education

Tiffany Brown is an expert in addiction, recovery and self-harm. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany’s expertise includes self-harm education and educating college students about addiction and recovery issues. 

Elizabeth Budd, College of Education

Elizabeth "Liz" Budd, a member of the University of Oregon's Prevention Science Institute and the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on obesity and chronic disease prevention. Her approach is done primarily through community-based promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, especially among girls and adolescents. 

Ben Clarke, College of Education

Ben Clarke is an expert in early childhood education, mathematics learning and the Common Core as it relates to students with disabilities. Ben studies the development of mathematical thinking in elementary age students who are at-risk for or who have mathematics learning disabilities. He helps build screening systems to identify those students and prevent more serious learning problems.

David T. Conley

David T. Conley, College of Education

David Conley is an expert on college readiness, specifically involving common core education standards, college and high school course content analysis, high school-college alignment and transition, and large-scale diagnosis and assessment of college readiness. 

Jessica Cronce, College of Education

Jessica Cronce is an expert in the prevention of harm related to risky behaviors, including substance use, in college students. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of counseling psychology and human services. Jessica works with the UO’s Office of Student Life to evaluate and increase the efficacy of prevention strategies utilized by the university and design research-based risk prevention programs for first year students.

Lauren M. Cycyk, College of Education

Lauren M. Cycyk studies the bilingual language development of young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and caregiver-centered interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of this population from the earliest ages.  Lauren can speak about the impact of the current political climate and immigration policy on the outcomes of young bilingual children from immigrant families, how to address the 30-million-word gap between children from high- and low-income families, and about national initiatives to improve the early educational outcomes of children from Latino backgrounds.

Lillian Durán, College of Education

Lillian Durán is an expert in bilingual learning and education and dual language learners. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in the College of Education. Lillian studies how to best serve young bilingual children in early education programs. 

Caitlin Fausey, Department of Psychology

Caitlin Fausey is an expert in child development. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of psychology. Research in her Learning Lab explores how infants and toddlers learn to recognize words and objects. Her work has opened a window on early human learning by studying what babies initially see around them and how their visual environments change as they age. 

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. Through his work, Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school.

Scott Fisher, Outreach Director of the Department of Astronomy

Scott Fisher, Department of Physics

Scott Fisher is an expert about space, NASA, and all things astronomy. His particular strength is making science and STEM accessible to non-scientists. If it involves the stars and what we can learn from the universe beyond this home we call Earth, he can speak to it.

Lisa Freinkel, Department of English

Lisa Freinkel is an expert in Shakespeare, comparative religion and philosophy. At the University of Oregon, she an associate professor of English and comparative literature. 

Erik Girvan, School of Law

Erik Girvan is an expert in civil litigation, conflict and dispute resolution and criminal law. Erik’s research investigates how stereotypes, attitudes, and other biases might impact decisions in the legal system. He empirically tests practical ways to reduce or eliminate implicit biases by working with a diverse variety of legal and other professionals.

Nicole Giuliani, College of Education

Nicole Giuliani focuses her research on emotion, self-regulation, health behaviors and family dynamics in relationship to the decisions people make about the foods they eat. She uses multiple methods, including neuroimaging, to explore for the basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation.

Beth Harn, College of Education

Beth Harn is an expert in special education, school psychology, learning disabilities, educational assessment, academic interventions and literacy. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in special education and clinical sciences. Her  research primarily revolves around supporting and promoting the early and successful development of academic and social emotional skills in grades k-3. Her focus has been on promoting the development of early literacy skills through the use of evidenced-based instruction and evaluation practices. 

Leslie Leve, College of Education

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Audrey Lucero, College of Education

Audrey Lucero is an expert in oral language development, Spanish-English emergent bilingual children, diversity in public schools, and achievement gaps between white children and children of color, especially Latinos. She can also discuss early bilingual development and the preparation of public school teachers to teach in linguistically and culturally diverse schools.

W. Andrew Marcus, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography

W. Andrew Marcus is a geographer whose research focuses on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. At the University of Oregon, he is the Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences. Much of Dr. Marcus’ work has been in mountain environments and the Yellowstone ecosystem; this latter expertise was a driving force behind the creation of the “Atlas of Yellowstone,” the first-of-its-kind atlas of a national park and its region.

Kent McIntosh, College of Education

Kent McIntosh is an expert in school violence prevention,bullying, school discipline, and racial disparities in school discipline. His research examines implementation of effective school and classroom behavior support practices.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, College of Education

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

Benedict McWhirter, College of Education

Benedict McWhirter is an expert in adolescent risky behavior, prevention and interventions. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of counseling psychology and human services. Benedict investigates the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors. He is especially interested in developing effective preventive interventions.

Chris Murray, College of Education

Chris Murray is an expert in diversity and special education, high-risk youth and teacher-student relationships. He works with very high-risk youth and students that have emotional and behavioral problems due to circumstances of their upbringing, and designs educational programs and support systems to promote healthy outcomes. 

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

Tasia Smith, College of Education

Tasia Smith, a member of the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on the prevention and reduction of health disparities among under-served populations. Her research centers on obesity prevention among African American and Hispanic/Latino families and rural communities. She seeks to identify risk and protective factors that influence people’s engagement in health-promoting behaviors.

Josh Snodgrass, Department of Anthropology and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Josh Snodgrass is an expert in human evolutionary biology and global health, describing how humans adapt to environmental stressors, such as sustained extreme cold, and the influence of economic and cultural change on aging, diet, cardiovascular health and metabolic diseases.

McKay Sohlberg, College of Education

McKay Sohlberg is an expert in special education, early intervention, communication disorders, and brain injury recovery, especially related to concussion. She also collaborates with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences to design technologies to help people with brain injuries.

Jeffrey Sprague, College of Education

Jeffrey Sprague is an expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Sylvia Thompson, College of Education

Sylvia Thompson is an expert in instruction and assessment of English language learners with or at risk of learning disabilities. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in the College of Education. Sylvia can speak about the role of bilingual education, and the identification of English learners for special education, dyslexia and English language learners.

Ilana Umansky, College of Education

Ilana Umansky is an expert in education policy and practices as it relates to immigrant students, bilingual students and English learner students. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of educational methodology, policy and leadership. Ilana can speak to the expansion of bilingual and dual immersion schools, learning outcomes among English learner-classified students, changes in English learner classification and reclassification policies, and education programs to support refugees and other recently-arrived immigrant students.

Tim Williams, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Tim Williams is an expert in United States history with a focus on nineteenth-century the American South. His research looks at the history of education in the U.S., and antebellum southern history, including gender, slavery, and the Civil War.