Spring 2022 - faculty and staff accolades

Showcasing the spring 2022 achievements of faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Service Professions.

Promotion & Tenure

Abel Knochel, Department of Social Work, to associate professor with indefinite tenure

Rhea Owens, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, indefinite tenure

Catherine Reich, Department of Psychology, to associate professor with indefinite tenure


Ken Gilbertson, professor and department head in Applied Human Sciences published the second edition of "Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies," along with Tim Bates, associate director of the Recreation Sports Outdoor Program, and colleagues from the Indiana University and the University of Oulu, Finland. 

Rebecca Gilbertson, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and collaborators published “Eye-tracking of attentional allocation during the processing of game technologies: Association with daily playtime and gaming consequences” in Addicta.

Jessica Hanson, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, was involved in two collaborative papers, one of which focused on the results of secondary data analysis of data on readmission to detoxification after alcohol treatment, and the second which focused on adaptations to an existing randomized controlled trial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeremy D. Jamieson, Master of Arts in Psychological Science student, published a paper with Assistant Professor Catherine Reich, Professor Rick LaCaille and Associate Professor Lara LaCaille titled “A naturalistic analysis of mental illness stigma in undergraduate psychology courses” in Teaching of Psychology. 

Daehyoung "DH" Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and his colleague published a paper titled "Association between Motor and Language Skills Development in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Scoping Review" in the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Estelle Simard, instructor in the Department of Social Work, published “Honoring Our Ancestors Using Reconciliatory Pedagogy to Dismantle White Supremacy” in Advances in Social Work.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and a collaborator from the University of Florida published “Arts in Health” in Oxford Bibliographies.


Dani French, toddler educator at Children’s Place and Shelley Michalicek, administrative associate 2, in the Department of Education were selected for the CEHSP Staff Award, which recognizes excellence in leadership on the job, customer service, and quality of service.

Jennifer McCleary, associate professor of social work, was awarded the 2022 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The award is presented to University faculty or staff members for exemplary publicly-engaged scholarship that embodies the University of Minnesota’s definition of public engagement. 

Shelley Michalicek was also honored with UMD’s Outstanding Staff Award this spring. The award is designed to recognize employees who have consistently performed their ongoing responsibilities in a superior to outstanding manner and have significantly enhanced departmental, collegiate, or campus goals and objectives. 


The research project titled, “What's in a name? Abnormal Psychology by any other name might smell sweeter” was funded by the American Psychological Association's Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant program. Co-Investigators from the Department of Psychology/CEHSP include Professor Rick LaCaille, Associate Professor Lara LaCaille, Associate Professor Eric Hessler and Scott Carlson, associate dean and associate professor.

Daehyoung "DH" Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, was awarded the Van Gorden Outreach Fund from the Miller-Dwan Foundation. This funding will support him and students in the Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) program minor students to implement the community-engaged adapted physical activity program for children of all abilities in Northland.

Lee was also awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the University of Minnesota Office of Vice Provost for Research. This award will support his work examining the preliminary effects of a mobile health intervention on increasing physical activity and reducing depression in adults with an autism spectrum disorder. June Lee, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences is a Co-Investigator for the project.

Suki Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education, was awarded a CEHSP Technology Grant in support of the Antiracist Literary Advisory Board (A-LAB). 

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor of public health received a Chancellor’s Small Grant for the project “Development of instructional materials that promote health through arts and nature based-engagement to augment the University of Minnesota Extension’s Go Wild! evidenced-based curriculum.”


Rebecca Gilbertson, associate professor of psychology, presented "Sharing Neuroscience Cheer: Assessment of a Service Learning Project in a Physiological Psychology Course," which was co-authored with Eric Hessler, associate professor of psychology, at the National Institute on Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Florida in January. 

Gilbertson and student Mariah Ravet co-authored and presented "Video Gaming and Alcohol Use in College Students During COVID-19," and "Nicotine Use and Mental Health in College Students During COVID-19," at the Midwestern Psychological Association in April.

Gilbertson and students Ryan St. Clair and Kristen Jones co-authored and presented "Qualitative Assessment of Students' Science Attitudes Following Neuroscience Outreach," at the Midwestern Psychological Association in April.

Assistant Professor Jessica Hanson, student Amy Harris and Associate Professor Rebecca Gilbertson will present "Feasibility and Acceptability of Using EMA to Evaluate Alcohol Use With American Indian Women" at the 45th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting in Orlando in June.

Daehyoung "DH" Lee, assistant professor, and Patty Wendinger, instructor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, presented a poster titled “Sustainable University-Public School Partnership to Improve Pre-service Teachers’ Practicum Experience” at the 2022 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in New Orleans, LA.

Suki Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education, presented at both the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) this spring. At AACTE, she co-presented with UMD's CEHSP librarian, Kayleen Jones. Their presentation, titled "Auxiliary Shifts Toward Social Justice Via Cross-departmental Collaboration: A Case Study," looked at broader, unanticipated impacts from a cross-unit collaboration in antiracist praxis. At AERA, Mozenter co-presented with a colleague from Pontificia Universidad Católica. Their presentation, titled "Implications of Relative Privilege: (In)Equity in Pandemic Practicum," used both within-case and cross-case analysis to analyze the in/equities in changes to the practicum experience for teacher candidates during the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Estelle Simard, instructor of social work, presented at the annual Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies ICWA conference in April.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor of public health, presented "Development of University of Minnesota's Extension Go Wild! Curriculum Characters as Artists via an Arts in Public Health class project" to the national Arts & Health Educators Community of Practice.

Additional Accomplishments

Suki Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education, was a guest editor along with colleagues from Stanford University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for a special issue of the journal Education Sciences. The special issue was titled "Teaching and Teacher Education: Movement toward Equity across Global Contexts" and focused on social justice-oriented work in different contexts across the world. 

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor of public health, was an Invited faculty participant in the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine's inaugural "Friends in the Field," an engagement program designed to enrich the student experience and empower connections and collaborations across the field of arts in health.

This webpage of highlights was created from faculty and staff submissions. Are we missing an accolade? Send a note with a brief description (1-2 sentences) to Lissa Maki.