Lauren Harris

Mentor: Dr. Liz Bettini
College of Education
"I chose to become involved with research after seeing how little information there is available on teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). As a future special education teacher, I want to be fully prepared when it comes to meeting the needs of the students in my classroom. This research enables me to better understand my future profession. In addition, I hope it will inform future interventions to help current teachers."


Elementary Education



Research Interests

  • Emotional Behavioral Disabilities
  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Classroom Management Practices

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • William T. Phelps Scholarship
  • President's Honor Roll


  • Florida Education Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi


  • 100 Mile Club
  • Relay for Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running
  • Travel
  • Cooking

Research Description

Identifying the Supports Needed by Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

The purpose of this qualitative research study is to identify and understand the areas in which teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities report needing support in order to more effectively meet the needs of their students. The study is designed to inform future intervention research to support these teachers in being more effective in their classrooms.