Month: November 2018

Monahan Receives Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award

Jessica Monahan, a CBER student researcher, recently received the Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award at the 2018 Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) conference. She was the third place winner. Her study title is “College and Career Readiness: An Examination of Educators’ Self-Efficacy”. Congratulation, Jess!

Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award- This award recognizes a graduate student who, through research completed during their doctoral program, shows significant promise for contributing to positive outcomes for transition-aged youth and to the field of transition through transition research. To be considered for the award, graduate students (or recent graduates whose research was completed during their doctoral program) must submit their research for the DCDT Patricia L Sitlington Emerging Researcher poster session.  Each student’s poster will be reviewed by a committee during the poster session with awards made to the top students during the DCDT annual conference.

PBIS-V receives a $32.6 million U.S. DoE grant to support schools and students!



PBIS school pic
(Photo credit: Chamberlin School)



The PBIS team at CBER UConn is co-directing the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). On this $32.6 million U.S. Department of Education grant, the team at the University of Connecticut is serving as one of the lead institutions that supports SEAs, LEAs, and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework. Brandi Simonsen and the PBIS team at CBER are supporting the implementation of PBIS in northeastern states as well as leading activities regarding promoting school climate and documenting PBIS implementation in high schools and high-needs districts. Please see a news article on UConn Today to learn more about this grant. More CBER research projects can also be found on our Research Projects.

CBER PBIS team meetingPBIS team meeting at CBER
PBIS team meeting at CBER (From left, Susannah Everett, Tamika La Salle, Jen Freeman, Adam Feinberg, and Brandi Simonsen. (Shawn Kornegay/UConn Photo).

(Photo credit: Porters Point School)

Breakfast Brown Bag (B3) Series “Vision of Education in CT: Opportunities, Challenges, and Advice for Future Leaders”

Join us for our Breakfast Brown Bag event about CT Education Policy Initiatives on December 10th! In this event, we will engage CT SDE leaders in conversations about the vision of education for CT. Charlene Russell-Tucker, Sarah Barzee, Melissa Hickey, and Bryan Klimkiewicz will be our panelists.

Register by December 6th.

Time: Monday, December 10th, 2018

Date: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Oak Hall, Room 112, UConn Storrs campus



Charlene Russell-Tucker

Charlene Russell-Tucker

(Chief Operating Officer)


Melissa Hickey

(Reading/Literacy Director)


Sarah Barzee

Sarah Barzee

(Chief Talent Officer)


Bryan Klimkiewicz

Bryan Klimkiewicz

(Special Education Bureau Chief)

Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Dr. Brandi Simonsen (