Two researchers from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School – Drs. Erika Felix and Jill Sharkey – will discuss their work with Ron “The Barron” Herron on KZSB 1290 AM on Wednesday, June 28 from 9-10am. Those out of the Santa Barbara listening area can hear the broadcast via the web.
Felix and Sharkey will discuss the nature of educational research and explain the work of the Center for School-Based Youth Development (CSBYD). The CSBYD, a community of researchers devoted to developing a better understanding of the role of school engagement as a protective force in children's lives and that promotes academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being, works in partnership with local schools.
Erika Felix, Ph.D., is an Assistant Researcher at the Center for School-Based Youth Development and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research interests include school bullying, violence prevention, positive youth development, and disaster mental health services research. Dr. Felix has lectured internationally on education and mental health services for youth, including training local mental health professionals in Sri Lanka post-tsunami on evidenced-based interventions for children coping with traumatic stress. She recently received a research mentorship fellowship from the Research and Education in Disaster Mental Health program administered by Dartmouth College and the National Center on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to build her capacity as disaster mental health researcher. Dr. Felix has also taught courses at California State University, Northridge on diagnosing mental health problems, and at DePaul University on the psychology of women.
Jill D. Sharkey, Ph.D., is an Assistant Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology and a nationally certified school psychologist for the Santa Barbara School District. Dr. Sharkey has had extensive experience at various levels of research, including project management of a state Challenge grant evaluation, participant contact and family interviewer at the Oregon Social Learning Center, and data management at the Oregon Research Institute. Dr. Sharkey’s experience as an investigator includes an early career grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology to examine systematic response to juvenile delinquency. Among other professional activities, Dr. Sharkey serves on the editorial board for the California School Psychologist and the Behavioral Disorders Journals. Dr. Sharkey has taught classes on consultation, assessment, and intervention in the schools. Her scholarly publications and conference presentations have focused on risk assessment, prediction of antisocial behavior, female delinquency, gender differences in emotional and behavioral problems, developmental pathways of psychopathology, risk and resilience, school violence, and the efficacy of intervention for antisocial behavior.
[Felix and Sharkey are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]