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Sarah Fefer

Assistant Professor, Department of Student Development, College of Education, Family Research Scholar, 2018-2019



​Sarah Fefer's study will address challenging classroom behaviors of children by testing a new intervention that encourages partnerships between parents and teachers that don't create an additional burden on parents. The intervention will use multiple approaches to increase positive parent contact as a way to improve student behavior.

Sarah Fefer’s research and clinical interests include disruptive behavior in children and adolescents, assessment and intervention related to academic and behavioral competence, and working with families and communities to support student success.  Her current research investigates a phenomenon called the Positive Illusory Bias and symptoms of ADHD. Sarah’s broad interests within the field of school psychology include implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, behavioral consultation, and social justice.