Liz Budd, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. She also works with the Prevention Science Institute and will primarily teach in the prevention science concentration within the College of Education. Budd's work has focused on obesity and chronic disease prevention, primarily through physical activity promotion, especially among girls and adolescents. She is also interested in dissemination and implementation science in school and neighborhood settings. She has a Ph. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s in public Health from St. Louis University, and a bachelor of science in sociology and Spanish studies from Santa Clara University. Budd is currently wrapping up an R21 that examines cross-country factors that influence the implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention interventions in Australia, Brazil, China and the United States. She is also preparing a collaborative project with the Center on Teaching and Learning and several community organizations to study an innovative technology-based physical activity promotion intervention in rural school settings.
Ben Clarke, PhD, is an associate professor in the School Psychology Program. His research focuses the development and efficacy testing of mathematics intervention programs spanning the K-6 grade spectrum in both traditional and technology-based formats. He has developed assessment materials in the area of early mathematics and number sense and works extensively with states and school districts to help them develop multi-tiered instructional models in the area of mathematics. Prior to joining school psychology, Ben worked at the Center on Teaching and Learning at the UO as a principal investigator on a number of federally funded research grants.
Lauren M. Cycyk, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in communication disorders and sciences. Her research interests include sociocultural and environmental influences on the dual Spanish-English language development of young children from Latino backgrounds as well as caregiver-centered language interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of Latino children from the earliest ages. Lauren is a nationally-certified speech-language pathologist who has served bilingual children and families in early intervention settings, elementary schools, hospitals, and private practice in both the United States and Mexico. She has been recognized for her work by the Office of Multicultural Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was selected as an Emerging Scholar by the Bridging the Word Gap National Research Network.
Nicole Giuliani, PhD, joined the faculty of the School Psychology program in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on better understanding the affective, cognitive, and neural mechanisms underlying food craving, consumption, and self-regulation, with the goal of improving those processes in individuals at risk for adverse health outcomes through targeted interventions. Nicole received her PhD from Stanford University, and completed her post-doctoral training in the Psychology Department at UO.
Jenefer Husman, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Education Studies. An educational psychologist, she has focused her research on how students imagine their futures and how their futures influence learning in the present. She argues that thoughts about our futures can be transformative; changes in who we want to become can change what we do and who we are now. Jenefer has created educational programs providing access and support for under-served student in STEM fields, especially engineering. Prior to coming to UO she was an associate professor at Arizona State University, and in 2007 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the President of the United States.
Michelle M. Jacob, PhD, is associate professor of indigenous studies and director of the Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program in the Department of Education Studies. Her research areas of interest include: Indigenous educational frameworks, health, Native feminisms, and decolonization. Her first book, Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013, analyzes the ways in which Yakama peoples resist the ongoing effects of colonialism through reclaiming cultural traditions. Dr. Jacob’s second book, Indian Pilgrims: Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, is being released this fall by the University of Arizona Press. Prior to joining the UO, Michelle served as Founding Director of the Center for Native Health & Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Reservation, and as Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego. Michelle is a member of the Yakama Nation.
Nichole Kelly, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Her appointment is one of four new hires in the cluster of appointments in the obesity prevention initiative in the Prevention Science Institute. Her program of research focuses on eating behavior phenotypes associated with excess weight gain across the lifespan. The specific goals of her research are to: 1) clarify emotional and cognitive factors associated with disinhibited eating; 2) identify mechanisms for disinhibited eating; and 3) use these data to inform the development of novel interventions aimed at modifying these underlying processes. Sociocultural influences and measurement issues are additional common threads seen throughout Nichole’s investigations. Prior to joining the UO, Nichole was a postdoctoral research fellow in a joint position at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Nichole has previous teaching experience in the psychology of women and research methods, and has a special interest in mentoring burgeoning social scientists.
As a prevention scientist, Jean Kjellstrand, PhD, uses both complex quantitative methodology and community participatory research methodology to better understand and support the positive development of children, particularly those coming from high-risk backgrounds. Her fifteen years of practice experience as a social worker helps inform her research. Over the years, she has worked with numerous community and governmental agencies to improve services and outcomes for children and families. Much of this work has focused on ways to collaborate across service delivery systems (e.g., social services, corrections, health, education) to strengthen and support children and their families. Her goal is to create effective services that are also affordable, acceptable to the community, and sustainable. Her most recent work focuses on interventions for children and families of incarcerated parents, and comprehensive community strategies to support and empower children and families in communities of concentrated disadvantage. Prior to joining UO as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, she was an assistant professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY.
Jennifer Ruef, PhD, is the incoming assistant professor of mathematics eEducation in the Department of Education Studies. Her research and scholarship focuses on issues of social justice and equity in mathematics education. She studies how to make mathematics teaching and learning more inclusive and productive for all students and teachers. This work focuses on teaching and learning practices, identity, and what it means to be "good at math." She completed her teacher training and earned a master's degree in mathematics curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and both earned her PhD and was a teaching fellow for the Graduate School of Education at Stanford. She brings a wealth of experience from her 26 years as mathematics teacher and teacher educator, and looks forward to continuing her work with teachers and students.
Tasia M. Smith, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Her research and scholarship focus on obesity prevention among adolescents; identifying risk and protective factors that influence engagement in health-promoting behaviors; and the interaction of mental and physical health. She also has interests in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of culturally sensitive community based intervention programs designed to promote positive mental and physical health among underserved populations. Tasia has previous research experience collaborating with community stakeholders at organizations such as churches, schools, and medical settings. Prior to joining the UO, she completed a PhD in Counseling Psychology at University of Florida.