Sarah Letson

Experience

Sarah has extensive research experience in the fields of psychology and education. During her undergraduate and master’s programs she studied multiple areas of psychology, but her research was based in social psychology involving stereotyping and prejudice. Following her master’s, she taught undergraduate distance learning courses in introductory psychology and ran her own tutoring business for students with and without disabilities.

Prior to working at CCL, Sarah was a graduate research assistant at UNC Greensboro. In that role, she worked primarily as a research methodologist, data collector, and quantitative data analyst. She also co-authored a book chapter and practitioner article on principal leadership and school reform to improve instruction for students with autism. Currently, she is completing her dissertation, in which she is investigating flow experiences of high school students during reading activities in high poverty langauge arts classrooms. Overall, her indisciplinary background and varied research interests have helped her to become a more versatile researcher skilled in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods analyses.

Current Role

Sarah serves as the research analyst for the Research Horizons group within Global Research and Evaluation (GRE) at CCL. She uses her qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills to assist with various projects within GRE. She conducts validity studies on assessments in addition to managing third-party assessment norms. Additionally, Sarah responds to assessment requests and oversees CCL’s data extraction.

Areas of Expertise

Research Methodology, Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Stereotyping and Prejudice, Flow Theory, Learning Disabilities

Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education, minor in educational research methodology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, anticipated 2018; M.A., General Psychology from Wake Forest University; B.S. Psychology from the University of North Florida

Professional Affiliations

Sarah is a member of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP) as well as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She has also been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society since 2007.

Curriculum Vitae

Sarah has extensive research experience in the fields of psychology and education. During her undergraduate and master’s programs she studied multiple areas of psychology, but her research was based in social psychology. Following her master’s, she taught undergraduate distance learning courses in introductory psychology, test prep courses, and ran her own tutoring business for students with and without disabilities.

Prior to working at CCL, Sarah was a graduate research assistant at UNC Greensboro. In that role, she worked primarily as a research methodologist, data collector, and quantitative data analyst. She co-authored a book chapter and an article in Principal Leadership on school reform to improve instruction for students with autism. She developed an online module to support culturally sensitive supervision and coaching as well as presented at multiple conferences including Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists and Council for Exceptional Children. Currently, she is completing her dissertation, in which she is investigating flow experiences of high school students during reading activities in high poverty langauge arts classrooms. Her research interests include stereotyping and prejudice, cultural responsiveness, positive psychology, and neuroscience.

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Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Reilly Scholarship recipient, 2017-2018.
  • Freeman Memorial Fund recipient, 2017-2018.
  • Emmie Dark Lane Scholarship recipient, 2014-2015 & 2016-2017.
  • Patricia R. Cross Scholarship recipient, 2015-2016.
  • Presidential Scholarship recipient, 2005-2009.
  • Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars recipient, 2005-2009.

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