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Curry Research Conference

The 7th Annual Curry Research Conference is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, 2016!

The proposal deadline for the 2016 CRC has passed but there are still opportunities to get involved!  Click the form on the left sidebar to volunteer to help out on the day of the conference, work with a committee, or moderate a session.

The conference is an opportunity for students to share their education research with other Curry students and with faculty members.


Bavaro Hall

417 Emmet St. South
Charlottesville, VA 22904

We welcome Dr. Elise Cappella as our keynote speaker for the 2016 Curry Research Conference.

Elise Cappella is a clinical and community psychologist whose research integrates education and psychology with the goal to better understand what disrupts, and alternatively, promotes children's positive adaptation in schools and communities. Cappella has identified academic and social-emotional functioning among low-income children as priority areas of interest, with a particular focus on the social processes of schooling. With grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Spencer Foundation, she has studied predictors of academic achievement among students at risk for failure, and has designed and examined an intervention to enhance girls' social development and reduce relationally aggressive behavior. With colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research, and funding from the Institute for Education Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and NIMH, Cappella has worked with school and community partners to implement and study a mental health model focused on learning for disruptive children in high poverty schools. Cappella was awarded an Early Career Research Award from the Society for the Study of School Psychology, and a Community Collaborative Grant from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, to adapt and study a teacher consultation model focused on improving classroom processes in urban elementary schools. Within the context of a NIMH-funded developing center (LINKS: Leading Innovations for Neighborhoods, Kids, and Schools) she examined the effectiveness of this program -- BRIDGE -- on classroom interactions and child behaviors in NYC schools. Finally, as a co-PI on an IES efficacy study, Cappella participated in a school-randomized control trial of a theory-based program to align parents and teachers around temperament-based strategies to promote children's behavior and learning. Beyond intervention research, Cappella studies children's social relationships and behaviors in classrooms and schools, with the long-term goal to create ways to activate peer leaders toward the development of positive social environments for learning. In addition, Cappella and colleagues have a recent Spencer Foundation grant to examine in a national sample the academic and psychosocial trajectories of children across the middle school transition. Methodological approaches include multilevel modeling, RCTs, community-based participatory research, mixed method research, systematic observational methods, and social network methods. Cappella studied history as an undergraduate at Yale University and received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.







Further Information

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The CRC Steering Committee

To volunteer, please contact one of the following people on the steering committee:

Committee Chair: Wendy Rodgers (

Committee Chair: Jillian McGraw (

Logistics Committee coordinates location, technology, food, and volunteers on day of conference.  Contact Colleen Fitzpatrick ( or Katharine Meyer (

Outreach and Communications Committee coordinates conference promotion, upkeep of website, and communication about the conference. Contact Amanda Allen ( or Abigail Kayser (

Program Committee coordinates presentation moderator training and presentation sessions, faculty involvement, creation of the program, and presentation schedules. Contact Lora Henderson ( or Pooja Datta (

Proposal Committee coordinates proposal submissions and review process. Contact Andy Columbo-Dougovito (, Angel Nash (, or Vonna Hemmler (

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