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Rebecca O'BrienRebecca O'Brien

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3383
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Dixon Hall 314
Email: rebeccaobrien@whitworth.edu

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2018

M.Ed., Special Education, Northwestern State University, 2013

B.S., Biology, Centenary College 2008

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2019

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Gifted education, talent development, identification of potential in students from diverse and underserved populations, assessment, research methods, statistical modeling, and teacher learning

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

PUBLICATIONS:

Little, C. A., Adelson, J. L., Kearney, K. L., Cash, K., & O’Brien, R. L. (2018). Early opportunities to strengthen academic readiness: Effects of summer learning on mathematics achievement. Gifted Child Quarterly, 62, 83-95. doi:10.1177/0016986217738052

O’Brien, R. L., Pan, X., Courville, T., Bray, M. A., Breaux, K. C., Avitia, M., & Choi, D. (2017). Exploratory factor analysis of reading, spelling, and math errors. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 35, 7-23. doi:10.1177/0734282916669913

Koriakin, T. A., White, E., Breaux, K. C., DeBiase, E., O’Brien, R. L., Howell, M., … Courville, T. (2017). Patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses and relationships to math errors. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 35, 155-167. doi:10.1177/0734282916669909

Luria, S. R., O’Brien, R. L., & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity in gifted identification: Increasing accuracy and diversity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1377, 44-52. doi:10.1111/nyas.13136

PRESENTATIONS:

O’Brien, R. L. & Reddish, T. (2019, November). Computational Thinking in the Primary Grades: Coding & Beyond for Talent Development. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM.

O’Brien, R. L., Kearney, K. L., & Little, C. A. (2019, November). Elevating Expectations by Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM.

Peters, P., Kearney, K. L., O’Brien, R. L., & Little, C. A. (2019, July). General Education Teachers' Understanding of High Potential in Typically Underserved Students. Presentation at the biennial world conference for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Nashville, TN.

Adelson, J. A., O’Brien, R. L., Snyder, K. E., & Crawford, B. F. (2019, April). Evidence for the use of the Gifted Behavior Rating Scales with Hispanic/Latinx students in K-2. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Little, C. A., O’Brien, R. L., Kearney, K. L., & Little, S. (2019, April). Instructional practices and perceptions of high potential. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

O’Brien, R. L. (2019, February). Elevating expectations: Encouraging and responding to high potential behaviors in a whole-class setting. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children, Lafayette, Louisiana.

O’Brien, R. L., Little, S., Kearney, K. L., & Little, C. A. (2018, November). If you give a mouse a cookie: Strategies for responding to gifted behaviors. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN.

HONORS:

  • Appointment to the ULL Graduate Faculty 2018
  • Doctoral Student Award, NAGC 2018
  • Survey Research SIG Graduate Student Award, AERA 2016
  • Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis Renzulli Fund for Graduate Studies in Gifted Education, University of Connecticut 2015
  • Golden Apple for Volunteers in Public Schools, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools 2013
  • Gifted Teacher of the Year, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools 2012

Research & Scholarship

RESEARCH:

Center for Gifted Education at University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA Director of Children’s Programs : Designing, coordinating, and conducting weekend and summer programs for PK-10th grade high potential learners; planning courses for M.Ed. in Gifted Education program

Center for Gifted Education at University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA Gifted Education Program Faculty: Developing, planning, and conducting courses for M.Ed. in Gifted Education program; revising program artifacts and constructing rubrics to align with NAGC’s standards and assessments

National Association for Gifted Children Chair-Elect, Early Childhood Network: Conducting the membership meeting at the 2018 annual conference, supporting the  Chair in the mission of promoting developmentally appropriate, high quality services for children from birth to 8 exhibiting high potential

University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA Co-Principal Investigator (Believe & Prepare-Deans for Impact): Grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to work with Deans for Impact collaborative to analyze data to initiate changes in the teacher preparation program that support candidate success in the classroom after graduation

University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA Co-Principal Investigator (Residency Program Pilot Study) Grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to conduct a pilot study on the consequences of teacher candidates participating in funded and unfunded year-long residency as part of teacher preparation programs