School of Education and Human Development

The mission of the SEHD is to produce knowledge and prepare the next generation of leaders, researchers, and agents of change and well-being in education and the community. Approximately 540 undergraduate and 332 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Education’s three departments: Educational and Psychological Studies (graduates the largest number of bilingual PhDs in counseling psychology in the nation), Kinesiology and Sports Science, and Teaching and Learning. Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in organizational change for community well-being, community psychology, and interdisciplinary approaches to community well-being, was recruited as Dean in 2006. Under his leadership, the School has become a center of excellence in the promotion and integration of educational, psychological, and physical well-being in multicultural communities. The School plays a pivotal role in the University’s commitment to the South Florida community with over 30 major health-related community initiatives.

Research within SEHD and in the Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center focuses on understanding and promoting the pillars of a healthy society—emotional, physical, intellectual, relational, organizational, and community well-being. Research projects run the gamut from the pursuit of the “good life” at the individual level to the assessment of the developmental progress of children participating in early intervention and preschool special education programs across the state. Examples of current research at the SEHD include the adaptation and well-being of immigrants and refugees, the healthy involvement of fathers in children’s lives, posttraumatic growth among victims of domestic violence, school and community-based services, mental health and well-being in diverse populations, the development and functioning of community based organizations, environmental justice and sustainability, technological applications for wellness, cancer disparities in medically underserved Latina/o populations, peer dynamics and instructional practices in linguistically heterogeneous and bilingual classrooms, the acquisition and development of literacy skills in bilingual children and adults, institutional processes involved in educational decision making for diverse youth at-risk, mathematics education, cognitive and social processes of interdisciplinary understanding, technology-enhanced learning assessment tools, human metabolism at rest and during exercise, gait analysis, motion capture driven musculoskeletal modeling, isokinetic mapping analyses for diagnosis and prescription, electromyographic analysis of sports-specific training and testing techniques, and the application of advanced data analytic techniques to solve complicated data issues in meta-analysis. Beyond the ways in which each of the research projects conducted in the SEHD represents innovations in their respective content areas, the SEHD conducts work with direct relevance to the lived realities of vulnerable populations. Much of our work is meant to leap of the printed pages of professional journals and books into the planning, design, and implementation of programs, interventions, and policies affecting the daily lives of these groups