Department Chair of Educational Psychology
My background is a bit of winding road, but one that I believe was divinely guided by God. My early background was in youth ministry with undergraduate majors in Biblical studies and psychology from Evangel University (Springfield, MO). This evolved into a focus on counseling and masters degrees in general and clinical psychology, and eventually LPC licensure. Finally, I pursued a doctorate in educational psychology at Texas A&M University, and this led to my current research and teaching focus on methodology. I'm married to an incredible woman and have two awesome kids. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities and being involved at New Life Church in Denton. And I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, #15495).
Department Chair of Teacher Education and Administration
Dr. Laney received his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Elementary Education from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). His earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in Learning and Instruction and a minor in Curriculum and the Study of Schooling. Dr. Laney's research interests include generative teaching-learning theory, general social studies education, economic education, aging education, and arts integration. His teaching responsibilities include courses in the E-6 and 4-8 undergraduate teacher certification programs, the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program, and the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program.
Department Chair of Counseling and Higher Education
Originally from the island of Jamaica, I came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in professional counseling at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. While there, I was introduced to play therapy and decided to enter the doctoral program. Although my graduate studies at GSU allowed for a variety of clinical experiences with diverse clients, my passion firmly lies with play therapy. I am privileged to be a part of the UNT counseling program which is world-renowned for its play therapy program.
I have specialized training and experience in working with children and families, in particular diverse and at-risk populations. My primary research areas are play therapy, filial therapy, and counselor supervision. My dissertation work involved examining the acceptability, integrity and perceived effectiveness of kinder training for a group of early elementary school teachers. Kinder training is a play-based approach to strengthening teacher-child relationships and improving the social, emotional and academic adjustment of students. The kinder training project was a part of a larger intervention which also involved filial therapy with parents of at-risk students.
In addition to conducting research, I have 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents and a strong interest in serving children in the public school system. Consistent with this agenda, I am now involved in several school-based research projects with parents and teachers.
Associate Dean for Administration and Assessment
A professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration where she has worked for the past ten years, Dr. Harrell currently teaches the following courses for the Secondary Education Program: The Multicultural Curriculum (EDSE 5005), and Instructional Strategies in Secondary Classrooms (EDSE 5003). Her research interests include the topics of science teacher quality and science teacher effectiveness. Specifically, her research explores teacher quality variables such as coursework, GPA, and age of coursework, teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and the impact of the teacher on student learning. As program administrator for the Secondary Online Teacher Certification program, she coordinates recruitment and advising for over 300 graduate students. In 2008 she was the UNT nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award, and she received the UNT Presidents Award for Teaching in 2009. In 2011 she received the UNT Teacher Scholar Award.
Associate Dean for Educator Preparation Programs
Alexandra G. Leavell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Studies Program in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. She holds a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami (FL). Dr. Leavell joined the faculty of UNT in 1992. Her professional and research interests include making learning accessible for all learners through increased literacy skills, and helping teacher candidates understand and develop academic identity and disciplinary literacy skills in themselves and their future students.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Chris Bailey PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC came to UNT in 2018 after spending 4 years at LaGrange College in GA where he served as an Assistant Professor, Strength and Conditioning Graduate Program Coordinator, and Sport Performance Lab Coordinator. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
He completed his PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University in 2014, where he served as the baseball strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist. Prior to his time at ETSU he worked as a minor league strength and conditioning coach in the San Diego Padres baseball organization for two years. He has also worked in private sports performance training with clients ranging from college prep athletes to professional football players.
He is an active member in the NSCA, previously serving as the State Director for Georgia and Tennessee. His research focuses on athlete monitoring, sport performance analytics, applied strength and conditioning, and bilateral strength asymmetry. He has published and has presented on the previously mentioned topics at the national and international level.
He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Athlete Monitoring, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Quantitative Analysis, Quantitative Procedures in Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Biomechanics.
Principal Lecturer and Director of Bilingual/ESL Education Programs
Dr. Boyd is a native of Honduras and a citizen of the United States. She holds a B. A. in Educational Administration from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, a M.Ed. in educational supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Ph D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. In Honduras she worked as an elementary school teacher and as principal of a bilingual school. She also worked as coordinator of a master’s degree in curriculum for the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and as a consultant for the Universidad nacional Autonoma de Honduras.
In the United States she worked in Louisiana as a high school teacher, as state ESL/Bilingual education director, as professional developer, coordinator, instructor, director and grant manager of programs related to teacher preparation in ESL, bilingual education and alternative certification. At the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, she worked as a program specialist providing technical assistance in five states, AL, AR, LA, GA, and MS and as an independent consultant and evaluator on issues related to Hispanic students, their families and English language learners in general. She also worked at Southeastern Louisiana University as director of federal grants for the preparation of ESL teachers and as coordinator of FIE and FIPSE grants for the prepration of alternative certification teachers. She is the past president and current SIG Chair of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and the director of the Bilingual/ESL teacher certification programs at the University of North Texas in Denton. In the fall of 2012 Dr. Boyd won the Outstanding Online Teaching and Course Award at UNT.
Dr. David A. Brackett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brackett graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2014. As a graduate student, he participated in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, sponsored by UCEA, AERA and SAGE Publications, in April 2014 at the AERA Annual Meeting. Dr. Brackett’s research interests include school law, educational leadership development, educational policy and the convergence of school law and social justice. Prior to his appointment at UNT, he taught math in Maryland, directed a public charter school in Nevada and consulted at an at-risk charter school in Nevada. Aside from being an educator of leaders, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Micha, partaking in outdoor activities, and supporting the arts in any capacity.
My career in higher education began when I was hired as a resident director at Illinois State University after completing my master’s degree in student personnel administration. Through the years, my career progressed from that position to director of student activities, to assistant dean of students, to dean of students and senior student affairs officer. Outside of student affairs, I gained experience as a senior associate for a major non-profit organization with a focus on K-12 student success.
Since arriving at UNT, I have taught graduate level classes, supervised internships and chaired dissertations. Also, I have served as coordinator of the master’s program in higher education. Currently, I serve as principal investigator for a Communities Foundation of Texas grant for the establishment of three early college high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of those schools are in their second year of operation.
Since coming to UNT in 1997, Dr. Bill Camp has contributed actively to the graduate programs in Educational Administration. His research interests include educational law and finance, and he teaches courses on various aspects of educational leadership. He also supervises interns in the public schools and directs doctoral dissertations. His bachelor's and master's degrees are both from Texas Tech University, and his doctorate is from Virginia Tech University. Prior to his work at UNT, he served as professor, chair, and acting associate dean at California State University. He also taught previously at Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech. Other educational experience includes serving as assistant superintendent of schools, high school principal, and high school science teacher.
Angie Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University. Upon graduation, she joined the counseling program faculty at Texas A&M University — Commerce as a tenure-track assistant professor, where she taught master’s and doctoral courses for three years. Dr. Cartwright’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and mentorship in counselor education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, international presentations/webinars, and a book chapter. Dr. Cartwright also brings several years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor — Supervisor and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Texas. Dr. Cartwright’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, and youth. She currently is the committee chair of the sex offender treatment and rehabilitation committee of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling. In her free time, Dr. Cartwright enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Dina Castro holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education (PhD), Public Health (MPH) and Psychology (BS). Her scholarship focuses on quality and equity in the early care and education for bilingual children and children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in particular those living in poverty, and factors affecting the well-being of immigrant children and their families.
Dr. Castro has directed or co-directed various research and evaluation studies of national relevance. She serves as Director of the Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners, a national research center funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also Principal Investigator on the study Nuestros Niños Program: Promoting School Readiness for English Language Learners funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Castro was a Research Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University (2013-2014), and a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997-2013). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, research briefs and technical reports, and presents nationally and internationally as an expert on the early education of children from diverse cultural, ethnic and language backgrounds. She is the lead author of the book New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces Guide to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood.
Cynthia Kay Chandler was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She went to elementary and middle school in El Paso and graduated from high school in Muleshoe in 1974. She received her doctoral degree in educational psychology in 1986 from Texas Tech University. She is a professor of the counseling program at UNT where she has served on the faculty since August 1989. She has several publications and has presented at professional venues across the U.S., and in Canada, Austria, Greece, and South Korea. She co-leads the annual statewide training Institute in Counselor Supervision and organizes and leads training and certification workshops each year in Animal Assisted Therapy. She can often be seen with one of her certified therapy dogs, Rusty or Dolly.
Dr. Chang's primary teaching areas are Educational Research Designs and Intermediate Statistics. Her research interests include predicting neuropsychological functioning in academic achievement through utilization of norm-referenced neuropsychological instruments and examining psychometric properties of norm-referenced instruments assessing neuropsychological functioning and/or cognitive processing.
Dr. Chen engages in doing research and teaching in the area of quantitative methods. Her primary quantitative research interests include Growth Mixture Modeling (GMM), Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), and the application of these methods in longitudinal data analyses and mediation analysis. She is also interested in the application of these methods in educational and family-based data. Her interested substantive areas include children’s psychosocial functioning and self-regulation, school-based prevention, teacher-student relationship and peer relations, and the intersection of family and cultural contexts in shaping Asian American adolescent development.
As a higher education scholar and educator, I believe that empirical research is the foundation of sound practice. I also believe while applying theories is important, educators must pay attention to individual differences. I apply these two principles both in my research and teaching.
Prior to became a faculty member at the UNT, I had worked in various industrial and educational setting. I have served in the Chinese Army and I have been holding positions as biomedical engineer, webmaster, violence prevention and intervention counselor, policy analyst, and research scientist both in the U.S. and Taiwan. For three years from 2005 to 2008 I worked for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at the Indiana University Bloomington, where I conducted higher education research and psychometric studies using NSSE data. Prior to that I did policy analysis as the Assistant to the Policy and Training Director at the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.
John Collins authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, published abstracts, professional presentations, and technical reports. He has been involved in approximately $500,000.00 worth of collaborative research grants and served as a peer reviewer for several journals. His research interests include social-psychological dimensions related to resource and community based recreation planning and management; leisure services related administration, personnel, leadership, and workteam studies.
Lisbeth Dixon-Krauss, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Educator Preparation Programs and Professor of Education at the University of North Texas, where she joined the faculty in 2009. Her research and scholarly writing focuses on applications of socio-cultural theory to literacy development and instruction. Prior to coming to UNT, Dr. Dixon-Krauss was on the faculty of Florida International University in Miami, FL, where she served as Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Doctoral Programs, and was awarded the Frost Professorship for excellence in research. She was also on the faculty at the University of West Florida where she served as director of the reading programs and the Wilson Reading Center. Dr. Dixon-Krauss received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. in Reading Education.