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Research to Inform Action 

Principal Investigator: Examining the Use of Interactive Web-based Modules and Online Audio Reflections for Pre-Service Teachers Self-Efficacy on the Implementation of Assistive Technology

Principal Investigator: Improving Teacher Success in Urban Settings: Integrating Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Trauma-Informed Education

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Dr. O'Neal's research interest focuses on teacher perceptions and attitudes on inclusive teaching methods. She is particularly interested in teacher perception, knowledge, and behaviors toward the usability of Assistive Technology in inclusive settings to increase students academic success.


Previous Projects

Graduate Research Coordinator

  • Creating Connections: Expanding Parenting Support and Education to Improve Outcomes for Infants and Families in the Early Postpartum Period 

  • BUILD Baby Bundles: Bonding Underscores Infant Learning and Development 



Lin (Luke) Sun

Lin (Luke) Sun currently is a Ph.D. student in Special Education with a minor in Social Work at IU-Bloomington. Luke’s research interests include autism early intervention, evidence-based practices, and technology-aided interventions. He obtained B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education and subsequently worked at a Polytechnic High School in China before starting his doctoral work. Luke has been involved in several faculty-led research projects that were funded by federal agencies and private foundations. He co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter on Assistive Technology. He has presented at conferences at the local, state, national and international levels. Luke has also been a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, conference proposals, and The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP). Luke currently serves on several professional committees, including the CEC Publications Review Panel and the Knowledge Utilization Committee of CEC Division for Research.



Bria Davis

Bria Davis is a Learning & Developmental Sciences doctoral student, with a minor in Special Education at Indiana University. As a McNair Graduate Fellow, she has been a research assistant for the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, and will be serving as an Associate Instructor for the Counseling and Educational Psychology department this year. Bria recently collaborated with the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) Center during the NSF funded AccessCyberlearning 2.0 Synthesis and Design Workshop to help inform future universal designs of accessible digital learning environments. Bria’s research interests involve 1) designing effective and inclusive multimodal learning environments for diverse learners, and 2) exploring the learning processes related to educators adapting and utilizing tools to meet students’ learning needs within various settings.

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Brenda Brannigan

Brenda Brannigan, M.Ed, has 17 years experience as a special educator across contexts including secondary, elementary, mild and intensive programs, as well as across rural, urban and reservation settings. Presently, she is a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Gretchen Butera at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Her areas of interest include school-home collaboration; language and communication; and universally inclusive educational and community contexts.