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Training Educational Scientists (TIES) Program

Year: 2015
Name of Institution:
Pennsylvania State University
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Bierman, Karen L.
Award Amount: $3,989,554
Award Period: 5 years (8/1/2015-7/31/2020)
Award Number: R305B150033


Co-Principal Investigators: DiPerna, James C.; Gest, Scott

In 2009, Pennsylvania State University established the Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program (R305B090007). Through this 2015 grant, TIES continued to prepare education scientists to develop and evaluate programs, practices, and policies in three areas of focus:

  • fostering school readiness
  • promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills in children and youth,
  • promoting teachers who can effectively and positively manage classroom behavior and support students' learning

The TIES program was led by Pennsylvania State faculty from the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Human Development and included six graduate programs: educational psychology, school psychology, special education, developmental psychology, child-clinical psychology, and human development and family studies. TIES recruited fellows from the participating Colleges and programs during the graduate admissions process or during their first or second year of their graduate programs.

Over the course of the grant, Pennsylvania State University offered doctoral students fellowships for 2- to 4-year periods. These fellowships included tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research fund. Fellows in the TIES training program participated in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in the three TIES focus areas, program evaluation, assessment, research methodology, and statistics. Fellows also participated in mentored research experiences with TIES faculty and policy or practice apprenticeships in which fellows worked in schools or agencies that work with schools. The TIES training program also included an ongoing interdisciplinary proseminar in the education sciences, speaker series, and summer research institutes.

The total projected costs of the training program were $5 million. In addition to the approximately $4 million grant from IES, Pennsylvania State University contributed approximately $1 million in cost-sharing of fellows' stipends, tuition, and faculty salary.

List of Completed Fellows:Below is a list of the 21 fellows who received funding support from this award and completed the training program.

Aceves, Lorena (ORCID) Kohler, Kimberly
Braun, Summer Lobo, Frances (ORCID)
Colaianne, Blake (ORCID) May, Emily
Ferrara, Amanda (ORCID) Mayfield, Keiana (ORCID)
Green, Lawrie (ORCID) McDoniel, Meghan
Hart, Susan Patallo, Brandon (ORCID)
Ho, Leslie Ramos, Amanda
Hunter, Leah (ORCID) Ramsook, Kizzann (ORCID)
Husman, Kyle Ross, Corynne
Joos, Celina Sanders, Michael
Keim, Abigail

Related IES Projects:Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program (R305B090007)


ERIC Citations: Find available citations in ERIC for this award here.

Select Publications From Completed Fellows:

IES is in the process of updating citations for training grants. In the meantime, you can find publications associated with this grant in ERIC and by using Google Scholar.