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Title: University of Virginia Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences (PTPES)
Center: NCER Year: 2009
Principal Investigator: Pianta, Robert C. Awardee: University of Virginia
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years Award Amount: $4,916,923
Type: Training Award Number: R305B090002

The University of Virginia established the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Education Sciences in 2004. Under this 2009 award, the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program continued to provided training for fellows. Fellows from Curry School of Education's doctoral programs in applied developmental science and education policy received 4-year fellowships, and those recruited during the latter years of their doctoral program in their home department in other fields (such as psychology, economics, sociology) received 2-year fellowships.

The program integrated the use of theoretical models of causal inference from various sciences (such as psychology, economics, biostatistics) with research designs, analytic techniques and methods that support causal inferences in studies of classroom and program effects. VEST focused on three substantive research topics: (a) teacher quality, (b) early childhood, and (c) social and behavioral contexts for academic learning. The program was arranged around five training mechanisms: (1) a 2-year, 4-semester education science seminar, (2) five methods courses that include a course in randomized control trials (RCTs) and hierarchical linear modeling, (3) a research apprenticeship involving work on an RCTs and/or use of quasi-experimental methods that support causal inference, (4) two training workshops per year in advanced statistical modeling or design, and (5) speaker series presentations with discussions.

List of Completed Fellows: Below is a list of the 37 fellows who received funding support from this award and completed the training program.

Abry, Tashia (ORCID) Griggs, Marissa Ottmar, Erin McCracken (ORCID)*
Adnot, Mindy Hartz-Mandell, Karyn Paxton, Carol (ORCID)
Aiyer, Sophie (ORCID)* Henneberger, Angela (ORCID)* Portnow, Samuel
Anderson, Riana (ORCID) Hussain, Saida Potter, Daniel*
Banse, Holland (ORCID) Jamil, Faiza Reitz-Krueger, Cristina
Bird, Kelli (ORCID) Katz (formerly Thomann), Veronica Roberts, Amy
Corcoran, Eva Kim, Helyn Ross, Katherine
Deutschlander, Denise Kosovich, Jeff Sabol, Terri (ORCID)*
Dunlop-Velez, Erin (ORCID)* Latham, Scott (ORCID) Smith, Alex
Duran, Chelsea (ORCID) Leis, Micela (ORCID) Sullivan, Zachary
Durkee, Myles (ORCID) Mahler, Patten (ORCID) Varga, Shannon
Forston, Lindsay Martin, Dan
Francois, Amir Merritt, Eileen (ORCID)*

*Denotes fellows who also received funding from award R305B040049.

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Related IES Projects: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Education Sciences (R305B040049), Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program (R305B140026), The Virginia Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Program (R305B200005)

Products and Publications

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Journal Articles

Henneberger, A. K., Varga, S. M., Moudy, A., & Tolan, P. H. (2016). Family functioning and high risk adolescents' aggressive behavior: Examining effects by ethnicity. Journal of youth and adolescence, 45(1), 145–155.

Sabol, T.J. & Pianta, R.C. (2012). Patterns of School Readiness Forecast Achievement and Socioemotional Development at the End of Elementary School. Child Development, 83: 282-299.

Sabol, T.J.& Pianta, R.C. (2012). Recent trends in research on teacher–child relationships, Attachment & Human Development, 14:3, 213–231, DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2012.672262

Updated November 2022