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ALPS

Academic Language of Primary Students

Academic language sampling with K-3 students.

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PAth to Literacy

A Tier 2 Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness Intervention

Pilot study is going on now.

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Puente de Cuentos

Bridge Made of Stories

Multi-tiered Spanish-English curriculum for preschoolers.

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Story Champs

A Multi-tiered Language Intervention Curriculum

Great for children preK-3rd grade and children with disabilities.

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CUBED

Smarter Assessments for a Brighter World

True reading is the product of decoding and language. Why not measure all three validly and reliably?

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ASC

Assessment of Story Comprehension

Reliable listening comprehension assessment for preschoolers.

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PEARL

Dyslexia and Language Screener

A quick and easy kindergarten screener for decoding and language so you can intervene early.

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SPS

Storybook Profile System

Rate the difficulty of a storybook.

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Undergrads and Underdogs

Service Learning Experiences

Download storybook vocabulary lessons for free!

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EBP

Self-Assessment Tool

Examine your organization’s commitment to evidence-based practice.

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Health Promotion

Evidence-Based Health Promotion Initiative

Download the health promotion curriculum checklist for free.

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Bitz 'n Pix

Infographics Developed by Undergrads

Download bits of useful information in picture format.

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I am an associate professor in the Rightpath Research and Innovation Center at University of South Florida. My passion is to develop assessment and intervention tools for educators and clinicians to use. I draw from a number of disciplines and their evidence to make sure the products I develop and disseminate have adequate research behind them and that considerations for their feasible and sustainable implementation have been integrated into the research and development process. Specific areas of expertise include evidence-based practice, implementation research, MTSS, academic language, narratives, prevention of reading comprehension and writing problems, children with autism, and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Education and Experience

Key Skills & Interests

What makes me...me!

  • Academic Language
  • Dynamic Assessment
  • Intervention Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Multi-tiered systems of support
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Evidence Based practice
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • School Psychology
  • Invited Presentations
    Conference Presentations
    Peer-Review Publications
    Funded Projects
    Teaching

    Current and Past Courses

    MHS 6409 - Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral and Community Sciences (3 credits)

    MHS 6900 - Intervention Design and Implementation Research (3 credits)

    IDS 2600 - Research in Community Based Settings

    MHS 4006/6915 - Directed Research for Undergraduate/Graduate Studies

    • Undergraduate Research Internship
    • Graduate Research Internship
    • Building a Conceptualization of Curriculum for Young Children
    • Language and Literacy Research with Young Children
    • Assessment of Students with Severe Disabilities
    • Foundations of Effective Assessment and Instruction
    • Consulting with Parents and Professionals
    • Analysis of Behavior: Basic Principles
    Mentoring

    My Legacy

    Yi-Jui Iva Chen
    2018-present | Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Yi-Jui Iva Chen

    PhD from School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley

    Megan Kirby
    2018-present | Chair/Major Professor

    Megan Kirby

    PhD in Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida

    Noe Erazo
    2018-2019 | Doctoral Committee Member

    Noé Erazo

    PhD in Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida

    Anna Garcia
    2017-2020 | Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Anna Garcia

    Post Doctoral Researcher, University of South Florida





    Stephanie Raymond
    2017-2019 | Thesis Chair

    Stephanie Raymond

    MS in Speech Language Pathology, University of South Florida
    The Effect of Narrative Language Intervention on the Language Skills of Preschoolers with Hearing Loss Fitted to Hearing Aids

    Yagmur Seven
    2017-2020 | Dissertation Committee Member

    Yagmur Seven

    PhD in Communication Science & Disorders, University of South Florida
    Comparison of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Storybook Reading




    Xigrid Soto
    2017-2019 | Dissertation Committee Member

    Xigrid Soto

    PhD in Communication Science & Disorders, University of South Florida
    Effects of a Phonological Awareness Intervention on Latino Preschooler’s Dual Language Emergent Literacy Skills

    Tiffany Sellars
    2013-2017 | Chair/Major Professor

    Tiffany Sellars

    PhD in Educational Psychology, Northern Arizona University
    The Evidence Based Practice Self-Assessment Tool: Evidence of Reliability and Validity





    Chelsey Tarazi
    2015-2017 | Mentor

    Chelsey Tarazi

    Doctoral student in school psychology











    Maria Gutierrez Arvizu
    2015-2017 | Committee Member

    Maria Gutierrez Arvizu

    PhD in Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University
    Teaching Story Grammar to Develop Retell and Speaking Skills in EFL Contexts

    Sarah Weddle
    2012-2015 | Chair/Major Professor

    Sarah Weddle

    PhD in Educational Psychology, Northern Arizona University
    The Effects of High and Low Preferred Qualities of Attention on Academic Demands

    Ken Baumgartner
    2011-2015 | BCBA mentor

    Ken Baumgartner

    Master’s degree in Special Education, Northern Arizona University








    MeaghanMcKenna
    2017-2020 | Committee Member

    Meaghan McKenna

    Doctoral candidate at University of South Florida; Early Childhood Multi-tiered Systems of Support

    Courtney Claar
    2018-Current | Mentor

    Courtney Claar

    School psychology graduate student at University of South Florida

    Service

    Committees & Collaborations

    Language Dynamics Group
    Co-owner

    Language Dynamics Group

    Develops, validates, and disseminates empirically supported assessment and intervention materials and procedures for diverse children.

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    Organizer

    Nurture Me Alliance

    A network of researchers teaming together to respond to the educational issues related to early childhood multi-tiered systems of supports.

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    Board Member

    Current Developments, Inc.

    Current Developments is a non-profit organization that sorts, filters, and organizes research so that practitioners can readily use it.

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    Chair

    American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

    Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence Based Practice (CRISP)




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    U.S. Coordinator

    Belarus Autism Conference

    Trina leads an interdisciplinary team of U. S. experts working in Belarus. Their charge is to supply training and technical assistance to Belarusian specialists who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.




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    Community Partnerships

    Academic Language Community Service

    Undergraduate students provide academic language interventions to elementary students.




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    Research & Grant Coordinator

    SPABA Special Interest Group of ABAI

    Trina serves on the executive committee of SPABA and supports interprofessional collaboration