New faculty at the Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) has three new faculty members this year, including one professor who is also working in the School of Public Policy.

 

Cassandra Guarino

Cassandra Guarino

Cassandra Guarino

Cassandra Guarino, who holds a dual appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Policy, obtained her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University in 1999 with an emphasis on labor economics. She has held prior positions as an economist at the Rand Corporation and on the faculties of Michigan State and Indiana Universities. Her research focuses on teacher quality, teacher labor markets, school choice, and issues in which health and education are linked. Recent work has included several studies related to value-added measures of teacher performance, teacher effectiveness in the early grades, school choice, teacher mobility and special needs identification.

 

Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2014. His research interests focus on the identification of evidence-based behavior support practices and the evaluation of observational behavior assessment methodologies. Prior to joining UC Riverside, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with a three-year grant project funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, examining national practices in social, emotional, and behavioral screening.

 

Katherine Stavropoulos

Katherine Stavropoulos

Katherine Stavropoulos

Katherine Stavropoulos, who starts in April 2016 as an assistant professor of special education, earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC San Diego in 2014 and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. Her research focuses on neural correlates of reward anticipation and social motivation in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Another focus of her research is the relationship between anxiety and social difficulties in ASD, and how the two may affect educational outcomes. She is also involved in diagnosis of children with ASD and is pursuing clinical licensure.

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