Dr. Beth Tuckwiller
Dr. Beth Tuckwiller
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Special Education and Disability Studies
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.