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

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Project Faculty

Amy Lingo

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 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

[email protected]
Projects: ABRI, SPDG

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

[email protected]
Projects: ABRI, Restraint and Seclusion Videos

Ginevra Courtade

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Special Education
Originally from Buffalo, NY
Favorite Soup: Italian Wedding

Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Charlotte
MS, Special Education, D'Youville College
BA, Psychology, University of Buffalo

[email protected]
Project: SPDG

Todd Whitney

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Originally from Shepherdsville, KY
Favorite Soup: Tortilla

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Special Education, University of Louisville
M.Ed. Special Education with concentration in Learning & Behavior Disorders (K–12), University of Louisville
B.A. History with concentration in Social Sciences, University of Louisville

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

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

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

Jon Burt

Positive Behavior Support Specialist
Originally from Cincinnati, OH
Favorite Soup: Bone Broth

BBS, Belmont University
M. Ed, Vanderbilt University
PhD, University of Louisville

[email protected]
Project: JCPS Pilot Schools Project

Project Staff

Shannon Frey

Originally from Northville, MI
Favorite Soup: White Chicken Chili

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

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Projects: ABRI, SPDG

Beth Newberry Gurney

Project Manager
Originally from Paducah, KY
Favorite Soup: Lobster Bisque

B.A, Sociology, University of Louisville
M.Ed, Special Education, University of Louisville
Doctoral Candidate, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville

[email protected]
Project: SPDG

Sarah Forister

Graduate Assistant
Originally from Sheridan, Wyoming
Favorite Soup: Chili

B.S., Elementary Education, University of Wyoming

[email protected]
Project: SPDG

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

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

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

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

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

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

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

[email protected]
Project: ABRI

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

[email protected]
Projects: ABRI, JCPS Pilot Schools Project

Angela Dennis

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

University of Louisville, School of Business, 3 years

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

Amy Palazzo

ABRI Coder
Louisville, KY
Favorite soup: Chicken Gnocchi

Attended JCTC, University of Louisville, and Sullivan University with a focus on Business.

Alycia Hayes

ABRI coder
Originally from New Smyrna Beach, FL
Favorite soup: Spanish Garbanzo Bean

University of Central Florida, 2 years

Elizabeth Ragsdale

ABRI Coder
Originally from Ashland, KY
Favorite Soup: Roasted Tomato

University of Kentucky, BA, Speech pathology and audiology
University of Tennessee, MA, Speech pathology

Tasha Garrett

ABRI Coder
Originally from Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle

Galen College of Nursing, LPN studies

Angie Dortch

ABRI Coder
Originally from Owensboro, KY
Favorite Soup: Tomato Basil

Murray State University, BA
University of Louisville, MFA

Cindi Jones

ABRI Coder
Originally from Ironton, OH
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle

Morehead State University, AAS

Wendy Palazzo

Louisville, KY
Favorite Soup: Tomato Bisque

UofL, BSBA, Business Management

Bonnie Garbus

Shepherdsville, KY
Favorite Soup: Tomato Dill

Sullivan University, BS, Business Administration

Deborah Flout

Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Soup: Italian Wedding

Valerie Bahige

Democratic Republic of Congo/Africa
Favorite Soup-doesn't like

Cavendesh University, BS in Information Technology
Blackhills State University, MA, Special Education, current student

Sabrina Moore

Puerto Rico
Favorite Soup: Zuppa Toscana

Kaplan University, BS, Criminal Justice
Webster University, MA, Human Resources