At the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), we advance knowledge through rigorous research that improves policy and practice. Committed to the ideals of equity and justice, our research is relevant, timely, and contributes to the goal of social progress through education.

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GSEHD faculty and researchers address the real-world challenges in education through their work. Sample research projects include:

Educational Equity and School Improvement Research Interest Group (RIG)

This cross-disciplinary group of faculty is committed to cutting-edge research and innovation to tackle the complex challenges inherent in school improvement efforts in the U.S. Balancing rigorous education research with policy and practice expertise, as well as an intense commitment to participatory approaches, this team of faculty works in close partnership with communities and schools to examine and address effectively a wide variety of critical education issues. The work is grounded in an overarching focus on equity in education, an endeavor that requires a fundamental focus on school improvement. The cross-disciplinary group of faculty recognizes the urgent need to address these issues from a variety of disciplinary lenses, and uses research, policy and practice expertise in collaboration with educational partners to leverage local community strengths, address problems of local practice to create new knowledge for the field. The improvement sciences inform this work, and the expertise of the local education community is central to defining, wrestling with and iteratively tackling these problems of practice.

Researchers look to link educators, professionals, community leaders, families and youth to processes and resources to address issues of equity in educational policy, process, and outcomes. The RIG addresses a diverse range of research areas related to school improvement with particular focus on: equity factors, academic achievement, educational wellbeing, school performance, and graduation rates within economically disadvantaged communities and communities predominantly of color. The RIG aims to advance improvements in educational wellness and success through its commitments to improved student wellbeing and outcomes, teacher wellbeing, and institutional wellness.

The Educational Equity and School Improvement (EESI) Research Interest Group, organized in 2017, is quickly growing in interest amongst the Graduate School of Education and Human Development research faculty, the university and throughout the education community. Under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Tuckwiller and Dr. Rebecca Thessin, EESI offers research, policy, resources, translation, and capacity building to improve educational outcomes. The group collaborates with coalitions of teachers, support staff, principals, superintendents, state education agencies, and community agencies to help them determine how to best support positive educational outcomes for students, iterative and relentless improvement, and equitable opportunities to learn for all students.

Unlocking Futures: An Online Master’s Program in Secondary Transition Services For Students with High Needs Disabilities

Special education is a field that is significantly threatened by teacher shortages, according to the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing from the federal government. To address this shortage, Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant is leading the launch of a new online master’s program that will train teachers working with high-needs disabled students to transition into adulthood-- a program started with support from a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Students with acute brain injury and autism have been identified as high-need target populations by the U.S. Department of Education and most state education agencies. This program is one of a few in the United States and is the first to combine transition services with a focus on acute brain injury and autism. The degree will prepare educators to align the secondary general education curriculum with community-based learning and transition services and to promote the success of all students by nurturing and sustaining school cultures and instructional programs.

Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE)

CASJE (Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) is an alliance of researchers, practitioners, and philanthropic leaders dedicated to improving the quality of knowledge that can be used to guide the work of Jewish education. CASJE works with partners who see the value of research-informed evidence to address pressing challenges in Jewish communal life. Founded at Stanford University, CASJE’s programmatic home has been in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University since 2016. CASJE’s work is guided by an Advisory Board that includes Jewish educational leaders with a deep understanding of the diverse arenas in which Jewish education happens today and scholars of education from Boston College, Brandeis University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University.

CASJE's core operations are supported by generous grants from the Jim Joseph Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies.

Structural and Behavioral Barriers to Student Success

In 2013, the George Washington University released six papers to increase the understanding of how student behaviors and decisions can affect educational success. Written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from around the country, including the George Washington University, the papers examine the impacts of students’ responses to the financial aid system, to information about college and to classroom and institutional processes. The project was commissioned by GSEHD and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE)

The GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE) aims to enhance research, as well as to provide opportunities for growth and development to a diverse population including persons with disabilities. Currently, the CRCRE is part of two US Department of Education funded National Technical Assistance Centers (the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center and the VR Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities). GW CRCRE is also a partner with the University of Richmond/Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) on a research project examining VR Return on Investment. The Center is also partnering on a demonstration project with Virginia DARS as part of their Career Pathways Grant. The CRCRE has also provided training and technical assistance through contracts with State VR agencies in MD, VA and DC.

The Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership

The Mayberg Center was created to advance community-based scholarship in the field of Jewish education and leadership, particularly in the arenas of pedagogy, identity, and literacy. The Center will convene academics and practitioners in critical conversations about the Jewish future, catalyze research and provide graduate level training for Jewish educators and certificate program opportunities for professionals working in Jewish non-profits.

Working Papers

The GSEHD Working Paper series provides an outlet for sharing high-quality research manuscripts written by GSEHD faculty and doctoral students.


SO YOU SAY OUR WORK IS ESSENTIAL: Essential Workers and the Potential for Transformational Learning and Change in the Wake of COVID 19 Social and Economic Disruption, by Ellen Scully-Russ, Maria Cseh, Lily Hakimi, Jerry Phillips, Henriette Lundgren, and DJ Ralston


Re-Imagining Higher Education Worldwide After COVID-19, a GW University Seminar Fund report by Kyle Long, Bernhard Streitwieser, and Ashley Fisher


Let's Stop Calling It "Hebrew School" - Rationales, Goals, and Practices of Hebrew Education in Part-Time Jewish Schools, a GSEHD collaboration with the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE)


On the Journey: Concepts That Support a Study of the Professional Trajectories of Jewish Educators, a GSEHD collaboration with the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE)


Reorienting the Roles of District Leaders: How Do Principal Supervisors Coach Principals to Lead Improvement? by Rebecca Thessin, Tamilah Richardson, and Coleen Reyes

DCPS Goes Global:Research on the District of Columbia Public Schools Study Abroad Program, 2017 Cohort by Laura Engel, Heidi Gibson, Clark Boothby, and Jessica Fundalinski


Four Point Leadership: The Necessary Bridge Between Policy and Educational Equity by Scott Joftus

Going Global: Impacts of 2016 District of Columbia Public Schools Study Abroad Program by Laura Engel, Jessica Fundalinski, and Heidi Gibson


Higher Education's Response to the European Refugee Crisis: Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities by Bernhard Streitwieser, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Hans de Wit

The Tennessee Achievement School District: Race, History, and the Dilemma of Public Engagement by Joshua Glazer and Cori Egan

Research in the News

GSEHD Research Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Student Research Showcase

Thursday, April 25, 5-7 pm
February 27, 2024

As part of GW's Research Showcase series, GSEHD students are invited to share their research through roundtable presentations. Deadline to apply: March 21.

Announcing The Collaboratory: A Center for Jewish Education

“The Collaboratory” Will Incubate New Ideas, Engage Public in New Approaches to Jewish Education
February 14, 2024

GSEHD unveiled a new center for Jewish education. “The Collaboratory” will incubate new ideas and engage the public in new approaches to Jewish education.

Faculty & Students Published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling

February 12, 2024

Drs. Attia and Parker, and 3 GSEHD students, published, “A Critical Analysis of Immigrant Children and Adolescents in U.S. Professional Counseling Literature.”

Annual MLK Lecture Centered on Stories of Disabled Teachers

The 2024 MLK Jr. Lecture at GSEHD focused on the experiences of disabled teachers and the unique insights they bring to their students.
February 2, 2024

The 2024 MLK Jr. Lecture at GSEHD focused on the experiences of disabled teachers and the unique insights they bring to their students.

Dr. Goldman and Alumni Published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine

January 12, 2024

Drs. O'Neill, Bhansali, and Goldman published, “'Can you help me think this through?' How pediatric hospitalists learn from informal peer consultation."

GWTeach Team Awarded NIH Grant in Collaboration with Children's National Hospital

January 11, 2024

The project, entitled "Mentored Experiences to Expand Opportunities for Research version 3.0 (METEORv3)" is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Eakle and Doctoral Students Presented Three Papers at AERA

December 11, 2023

Dr. Jonathan Eakle and students in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program presented at the 2023 American Educational Research Association Conference.

Doc Student, Jessica Hinshaw, Named Knapp Fellow

November 2, 2023

GSEHD doctoral student Jessica Hinshaw (EdD, HOL) is a Knapp Fellow with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

GSEHD Faculty, Students, Alumni Share Research and Keynotes at 2023 JCT/Bergamo Conference

October 25, 2023

GSEHD was well represented by our faculty, students and alumni at the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT) Conference in Dayton, OH.

Streitwieser and Alumni Debut New Book During Expert Panel

September 27, 2023

In a panel by Harvard's Diwan Org, Streitwieser presented the REAL Lab's new book: Accessing Quality Edu: Local & Global Perspectives from Refugees.

Doctoral Candidate, Ina Gjikondi, Selected as MSR Fetzer Scholar

August 30, 2023

GSEHD Human and Organizational Learning doctoral candidate Ina Gjikondi has been selected as a 2023 Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Fetzer Scholar.

"Methods used to Evaluate Teacher Well-being" Published By Alumna/Students

July 19, 2023

The article written by Dr. Hallie Fox, Dr. Heather Walter and Karly Ball was published in the journal 'Psychology in the Schools.'

Doc Candidate and Professor Win Paper Award at AERA

April 19, 2023

Jessa Henderson, Dr. Natalie Milman, and colleagues were awarded the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning SIG's Best Paper Award.

Counseling Faculty and Doc Students Receive 2022 Qualitative Article of the Year Award

April 4, 2023

They were recognized for their publication, “Pre- and Post-Migration Experiences of LGBTQ+ Asylum-Seeking Individuals: A Phenomenological Investigation."

GSEHD Alumna, Neenia Barlatt-Higgins, Receives Dissertation Award

March 28, 2023

Barlatt-Higgins was awarded the 2022 Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD).

CASJE Awarded Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award

March 28, 2023

The Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE)  was recognized for their Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators Study.

PhD Student, Kelber Tozini, Receives Award for Professional Promise

March 21, 2023

Tozini has been honored by the Association of International Education Administrators with the Harold Josephson Student Award in International Education. 

Assistant Dean, Dr. Meg Holland, Wins Dissertation Award

March 21, 2023

Dr. Holland received the Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Award from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) for her dissertation.

Drs. Dardick and Weiss Published in Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods

October 7, 2020

The article is titled, "An investigation of chi-square and entropy-based methods of item-fit using item-level contamination in item response theory."

Dr. Storberg-Walker Presents on Collaborative Autoethnography

October 1, 2020

Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker presented on collaborative autoethnography as a part of the Fetzer Scholars Program of the Academy of Management (AOM).

Dr. Grooms Published in Journal of Chemical Education

September 24, 2020

The article was named, "A comparison of argument quality and students’ conceptions of data and evidence for undergrads experiencing 2 types of lab instruction."

Dr. Khilji Presents at European Group of Organizational Studies Annual Conference

July 30, 2020

Her research paper was titled, "Reinforcing gender, racial and class inequalities within organizations: A study of individual experiences in the US."

GSEHD Researcher Studies District-Led School Turnaround Initiative

July 9, 2020

Dr. Joshua Glazer was interviewed for the GW Today article, "GSEHD Researcher Studies District-Led School Turnaround Initiative."

GSEHD Alumnus Heath Kemman Serving as Pro Bono Researcher for Alexandria City Public Schools

June 25, 2020

Dr. Kemman has been reading, synthesizing, and reporting research to support the district’s plans to safely reopen schools for learning in the fall.

Dr. Glazer and Team Publish Final Report of Work Supported by Walton Family Foundation Grant

June 25, 2020

The report is titled, "District-led School Turnaround: Aiming for Ambitious and Equitable Instruction in Shelby County’s iZone."

Dr. Streitwieser Published Article in German Magazine, Perspektiven

April 22, 2020

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser published an article about his research on refugees and higher education in the German magazine, Perspektiven. 

Dr. Cseh and Alumnus Published in Advances in Developing Human Resources

April 22, 2020

Dr. Maria Cseh and Dr. Crocco published article titled, "Globalizing HRD academic practice: Developing a global mindset for teaching and research."

CASJE Director, Dr. Levites, Publishes Post on

April 16, 2020

Dr. Arielle Levites publishes post entitled, "What Will Happen to Jewish Preschool and the Teachers our Children Love?" on

Student Hallie Fox Awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in AERA's Stress, Coping and Resilience SIG

April 16, 2020

Fox (Education and Inequality CRT) awarded in recognition of her submitted paper "Facilitators and Barriers to Special Education Teacher Well-being."

Dr. Streitwieser Presents Webinar With Findings of Study Funded by Institute of International Education

April 16, 2020

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser presented "Educational Pathways for Refugee Students: Comparing Higher Education Interventions for Refugees in Germany and Lebanon."

GSEHD Student Beth Short Submitted Paper to National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting

April 16, 2020

The paper by doctoral student Beth Short is titled, "Multimodal Coherence-seeking in Global Socioscientific Issues-based Discourse."

GSEHD PhD Students and Faculty Present Research at VACES 2020 Graduate Student Conference

March 11, 2020

Their presentation was titled, “Mental Health Issues and Counseling Services Use Among International Students in the U.S.” 

Dr. Medsker and Student Authoring Blog Series on Artificial Intelligence Bias and Fairness

March 6, 2020

Farhana Faruqe (Human-Technology Collaboration) and Dr. Larry Medsker are working together on a blog series for the Association for the Advancement of AI.

Dr. Arshad Ali Honored with 2020 Research Mentorship Award

March 6, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Arshad Ali who was selected to receive the 2020 Research Mentorship Award from GW's Office of the Vice President for Research.

Jewish News Syndicate's Article Highlights CASJE Report

February 26, 2020

A report by the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education was discussed in a Jewish News Syndicate article about young students learning Hebrew.

Dr. Korte Presents Research to Top Government Officials in Taiwan

January 28, 2020

Dr. Russell Korte presented his research to top officials of the Examination Yuan—one of the five branches of the national government of Taiwan.

Curriculum and Instruction Students' Paper Presented at Conference

January 23, 2020

GSEHD doctoral student Kevin Fleming recently presented a paper at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2020 International Conference.

Dr. Goldman and Co-Writers Published in Journal of the Maine Medical Center

January 15, 2020

Dr. Mary Ottolini, Dr. Ellen Goldman, and three physicians at Children's National Medical Center published a journal article.

Drs. Weiss and Dardick Published in Journal of Experimental Education

January 15, 2020

Dr. Brandi Weiss and Dr. William Dardick published “Making the Cut: Comparing Methods for Selecting Cut-Point Location in Logistic Regression."

Dr. Pittman and Students Published in Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse

January 9, 2020

Dr. Delishia Pittman and 3 counseling doc candidates published an article on the topic of relationships between stress, social support and drinking behavior.

Dr. Parker Published in the Journal of Individual Psychology

December 18, 2019

Drs. Parker and Crunk published an article entitled "Exploring the Test-Retest Reliability of the Adlerian Personality Priority Assessment."

GSEHD Faculty, Alumni, Student Published in Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling

December 10, 2019

Article entitled "Ethical Concerns and Clinical Judgments Related to the Use of Psychometric Assessments for Rehabilitation Counselors."

Manuscript Published by Drs. Kutscher and Tuckwiller

December 7, 2019

Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher and Dr. Beth Tuckwiller had their manuscript published in Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.

GSEHD Doctoral Student Angel Jones Presented at the ASHE Conference

December 7, 2019

Angel Jones (PhD Education) presented a paper entitled, "Refrain, Reframe, Reclaim: How Black Female College Students Respond to Racial Microaggressions.

Dr. Peters Published in the International Journal of Bullying Prevention

December 7, 2019

Dr. Harvey Peters co-authored a peer-refereed article entitled "An interdisciplinary ecological framework: Intervention for LGBTQ interpersonal violence."