The CIBRS Team is made up of a variety of faculty members, research scientists, school support liaisons, and a coding observation team. Common among all involved with CIBRS is a genuine commitment to creating schools that maximize the probability of success across all students – with special attention to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with a history of deficits, and those with disabilities. CIBRS personnel are funded under an array of federal, state, and local grants that fund research, training, and technical assistance activity across Kentucky and in collaboration with others around the world.


Terry Scott

Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
Originally from Bend, Oregon
Favorite Soup: New England Clam Chowder

Ph.D. University of Oregon (Emotional and Behavioral Disorders)
M.S. Portland State University (Emotional and Behavioral Disorders)
B.S. University of Oregon (Psychology)

Curriculum Vita



Amy Lingo

Associate Dean for Academic Affaris and Unit Effectiveness, Professor
Originally from Winchester, KY
Favorite Soup: Tomato

Ed.D. (Learning and Behavioral Disorders), University of Kentucky
M.S. (Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling), University of Kentucky
B.A. (Human Physiology/Health), Transylvania University


Regina Gilkey Hirn

Assistant Professor
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle

Ph.D (Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education), University of Louisville,
M.A (Special Education), Bellarmine University,
B.A. (Dual Certification, Elementary Education K-4, Learning and Behavioral Disorders, K-12), University of Kentucky


Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor of Learning and Behavioral Disorders
Originally from Sheridan, Wyoming
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle

Ed.D. (Learning and Behavioral Disorders), University of Kentucky
M.Ed. (High Incidence Disabilities), University of Southern Mississippi
B.S. (Elementary and Special Education), Weber State University


Shu-Chen Tsai

Research Analyst
Originally from Kaohsing, Taiwan
Favorite Soup: Any kind my mother makes

Ph, D (Special Education), Lehigh University
M.A. (Special Education), California State University
B.Ed (Special Education), National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan



Shannon Frey

Data Coordinator
Originally from Northville, MI
Favorite Soup: White Chicken Chili

MSW, University of Michigan
B.A. (Government),Centre College


Dianne Clare

State Support Liaison
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Vegetable

B.S., Eastern Kentucky University (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
M. Ed, University of Louisville (Dual Certification Elementary Education/LBD)
University of Louisville, Rank I, Special Education, Lifetime Certificate


Meghan Russell Martin

State Support Liason
Originally from Richmond, KY
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle

B.A (Elementary Education, P-5), Eastern Kentucky University
M.Ed (Elementary Education, P-5), Eastern Kentucky University
M.A. (School Counseling, K-12), Eastern Kentucky University
Rank I (School Counseling and Educational Psychology, K-12), Eastern Kentucky University
Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement, K-12, Eastern Kentucky University


Susan Robertson

State Support Liason
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Homemade Vegetable Soup

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Kentucky
M.Ed, Instructional Leadership, University of Kentucky
Rank I


Patty Whitney

State Support Liaison
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Chicken Tortilla Soup

National Board Certified Teacher-Special Education (K-12)
Master of Education Rank 1 (Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education LBD K-12), University of Louisville
B.S. (Education Teaching-Physical Education), Eastern Kentucky University


Tricia Bronger

State Support Liaison and JCPS Supervisor
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: PF Chang's Spicy Chicken Noodle

B.S. (Dual Cert Elem Education/LBD), University of Louisville
M.Ed. (Special Education), University of Louisville
Rank I (Special Education, ESL, Gifted Ed, and Literacy), University of Louisville
Doctoral Candidate, University of Louisville

School Observations

Marlene D. Parish

Senior Program Coordinator
Originally from Steinback, Manitoba, Canada
Favorite Soup: Hot and Sour Soup

B.A. (Cross Cultural Studies), Bethany College of Missions
Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota
Persian Language Studies Certificate, Tajik State University Affiliate
Graduate Studies in Management, Regent University


Angela Dennis

Lead ABRI Coder
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Chicken Tortilla

Ruth Teeple

ABRI Coder
Originally from Fort Wayne, IN
Favorite Soup: Black Bean Soup

B.S (Education), Indiana University
M.Ed. (Learning and Behavior Disorders), University of Louisville

Denise Viola

ABRI Coder
Originally from Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Soup: Lobster Bisque

St. John's University, Liberal Arts, 2 years

Sanna Vitamaa

ABRI Coder
Originally from Raahe, Finland
Favorite Soup: Miso Soup

Diploma in Business and Administration, Turku, Finland