Grit Study Dr. O’Neal’s team is examining the impact of grit, stress, emotions, social support on literacy and academic performance among ethnic minority students in elementary school. The team’s long-term objective is to develop classroom-based interventions, in conjunction with two local public elementary schools. The team is also performing a follow-up study with the elementary school students in higher grades. Dr. O’Neal’s team has developed a grit intervention consultation manual and tested a pilot of this intervention in the schools as part of this research program.
Undocumented Latino/a Study Dr. Michelle Espino and Dr. O'Neal are proposing the study of emotions, stress, and academic functioning in addition to institutional supports among undocumented students taking advantage of the Maryland Dream Act, which permits them to pay in-state tuition rates at University of Maryland campuses. Download the Research@Maryland Newsletter for a description of the Dream Act study or check out our blog.