Doctoral student accepted to selective research seminar

Wallace receiving early recognition from special education field

Headshot of doctoral student Erin Stehle Wallace.
School of Education doctoral student Erin Stehle Wallace.

The VCU School of Education’s Erin Stehle Wallace, a student in the Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Special Education and Disability Leadership program, has been selected to the 12th cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research (CEC-DR) Doctoral Student Scholars.

Wallace – who was nominated by Dr. Jason Chow, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education – was selected by the division’s review panel as part of an internationally competitive review process. As a cohort member, she will have the opportunity to engage with experienced researchers in three virtual seminars about the challenges facing new scholars as they cultivate their own research agendas.

Wallace said that she is honored to be a part of CEC-DR’s 12th cohort.

“I am excited to learn from some of the best researchers in special education, to connect with other doctoral students in the field, and receive additional support in creating my own research program,” she said.

Chow said that the panel could not have chosen a more deserving student.

“Erin has been an amazing example of a hard-working, motivated student, and I am proud of her many accomplishments in her time as my student. It is clear that her research focus on supporting the needs of practitioners in behavior management as well as in developing skillful language support strategies has important implications for our field,” he said.

Wallace has won several research awards in 2019, including best poster awards at both the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders and the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. She co-authored a recently published study with Dr. Chow that examines the extent to which speech-language pathologists receive behavior management training, and how often they experience challenging behavior. A link to the article is below.

Chow, J.C., Wallace, E.S. (2019). Speech-language pathologists’ behavior management training and reported experiences with challenging behavior. Communication Disorders Quarterly.