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Dr. Chow awarded $395,000 Institute of Education Sciences grant

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Jason Chow, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Chow, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at the VCU School of Education and research faculty in the Clark-Hill Institute of Positive Youth Development, has been awarded a four-year, $395,278 grant by the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Special Education Research (IES-NCSER) to explore the developmental relations between language ability and behavior problems in young children.

Working with Chow on the research will be Dr. Kevin Sutherland, professor in the VCU School of Education; Dr. Joshua Langberg, associate professor in the VCU Psychology Department; and the following advisory board members:

  • Dr. Ann Kaiser, Susan W. Gray professor of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Melanie Schuele, associate professor in Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Michael Broda, assistant professor in Foundations of Education, VCU School of Education
  • Dr. Deborah L. Speece, associate dean of research and faculty development, VCU School of Education

“If a child interrupts class or disturbs their friends in school, a teacher might perceive that child as a poor performer, or even as delinquent or noncompliant. We want to know how much of that is due to a lack of understanding due to language processing deficits, or due to problems expressing and communicating,” said Chow.

IES is the statistics, research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. NCSER supports education research to expand knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and those at risk for disabilities.

Chow and his team in the Cognition and Learning Lab will begin their research this summer in Chesterfield County Public Schools.