Dr. Beth Tuckwiller

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Dr. Beth Tuckwiller

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Special Education and Disability Studies


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Office Phone: (202) 994-9860

Dr. Beth Tuckwiller is an Associate Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies (SEDS) at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University and serves as the SEDS Department Chair. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Virginia and holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Tuckwiller was trained as a mental health counselor and specialized in child and adolescent mental health in her clinical work. After transitioning to the field of special education, she taught high school students identified with emotional, behavioral, and learning differences and co-coordinated school-based programming designed to enhance student mental health, wellbeing, and academic outcomes.

Her interdisciplinary research program investigates schools as complex systems in which individual, interpersonal, and sociopolitical factors interact to affect experiences of individual and collective wellbeing. She grounds her research in participatory and advanced mixed methods research designs to center participant voices and strengths to address the complexity and richness of wellbeing in educational and community settings. Transformative paradigms and equity-centered approaches serve as cornerstones of her research program, undergirded by a fundamental ethic that research should be co-constructed, use-oriented, and benefit participant communities. She was recently awarded a research grant from the Spencer Foundation to investigate a participatory K-12 school-based wellbeing initiative.

Dr. Tuckwiller is a faculty affiliate at the GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute and a Center Associate at GW's Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. She serves as an advisory board member for both the GW Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation and GW's ISCOPES service-learning initiative.


Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.S., Radford University

B.S., Virginia Tech

Naples, L. H., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2021). Taking students on a strengths safari: A multidimensional pilot study of school-based wellbeing for young neurodiverse children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(13). Open Access. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136947

Fox, H. B., Tuckwiller, E. D., Walter, H. L., & Kutscher, E. L. (2020). What makes teachers well: A mixed methods study of special education teacher well-being. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(2), 223-248. https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.v9i2.2170

Milman, N. B., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2020). Fostering blended and online students' well-being. Distance Learning, 17(1), 48-52. Uniform resource locator.

Kutscher, E. L., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2020). A mixed methods study of K-12 influences on college participation for students with disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 43(2), 101-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165143420905104

Tuckwiller, E.D., & Milman, N. B. (2019). What is student well-being? A definition for those who teach students in blended and online higher education settings. Distance Learning, 16(3), 54-56. Uniform resource locator.

Dardick, W. R., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2019). Optimism shapes mindset: Understanding the association of optimism and pessimism. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 8(1), 21-56. https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.v0i0.1244

Tuckwiller, E. D., Dardick, W. R., & Kutscher, E. L. (2019). A mixed methods investigation of mindset, grit, optimism, and self-determination in adolescents with learning disabilities and differences. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 24(1), 19-32. https://doi.org/10.18666/LDMJ-2019-V24-I1-8849

Kutscher, E. L., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2019). Persistence in higher education for students with disabilities: A mixed systematic review. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 12(2), 136-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000088

Tuckwiller, E. D., & Dardick, W. R. (2018). Mindset, grit, optimism, pessimism, and life satisfaction in university students with and without anxiety and/or depression. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 6(2), 32-48. https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jise/article/view/1413

Tuckwiller, E. D., Dardick, W. R., & Kutscher, E. L. (2017). Profiles of and correlations among mindset, grit, and optimism in adolescents with learning disabilities: A pilot study. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 6(1), 44-63. https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jise/article/view/1759

Tuckwiller, E. D., & Dardick, W. R. (2015). Positive psychology and secondary transition for children with disabilities: A new theoretical framework. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 4(1), 3-20. https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jise/article/view/1598

Pullen, P. C., Tuckwiller, E. D., Ashworth, K., Lovelace, S. P., & Cash, D. B. (2011). Implementing intensive vocabulary instruction for students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 26(3), 145-157. https://10.1111/j.1540-5826.2011.00334.x

Azano, A., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2011). GPS for the English classroom: Understanding executive dysfunction in secondary students with autism. Teaching Exceptional Children, 43(6), 38-43. https://10.1177/004005991104300604

Tuckwiller, E. D., Pullen, P. C., & Coyne, M. (2010). The use of the Regression Discontinuity Design in tiered research: A pilot study exploring vocabulary instruction for at-risk kindergarteners. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 25(3), 137-150. https://10.1111/j.1540-5826.2010.00311.x

Pullen, P. C., Tuckwiller, E. D., Maynard, K. M., Konold, T. R., & Coyne, M. (2010). A tiered intervention model for early vocabulary instruction: The effects of tiered instruction for young students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 25(3), 110-123. https://10.1111/j.1540-5826.2010.00309x

Lindstrom, J. H., & Tuckwiller, E. D. (2009). Extended test time, read aloud and student characteristics: A summary of empirical findings. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15(3), 93-104. https://js.sagamorepub.com/ldmj/

Lindstrom, J. H., Tuckwiller, E. D., & Hallahan, D. P. (2008). Assessment and eligibility of students with disabilities. In E. Grigorenko (Ed.), Educating individuals with disabilities: IDEIA 2004 and beyond (pp. 197-225). New York: Springer Publishing.