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Jon S Lee


Email: lee4jn@ucmail.uc.edu

Most importantly, Jon is husband to Jennifer Lee they will celebrate 28 years together in June of 2016! Jennifer is a former children's librarian and primary teacher, who is now the Assistant Academic Director for the UC Early Childhood Education department. Jon and Jennifer have two children. Jalen, who is a graduate student in the UC  College Conservatory of Music for Viola performance; and Jordan, who attends Western Kentucky University for Anthropology / Archeology . Above anything, Jon holds is family in the highest regard. 

A long time Early Childhood Special Educator and public school advocate, Jon began teaching in 1987 providing special education services for families with young children. During the 90’s Jon coordinated child find activities, public early childhood education programs, and family literacy programs in northern Colorado. In 2000 the family moved to Louisville where he served as a Senior Training Specialist and Program Manager for Design and Development at the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). In 2003 Jon accepted a faculty position with Bellarmine University and in 2007 moved to the University of Louisville in order to focus his work on issues relating to the families impact on very young children’s literacy development, and factors pertaining to children’s social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment to school. Jon continues to consult regularly with a wide variety of national and regional literacy organizations, including most recently as research faculty for the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. 

Jon’s research interests include interventions that promote the successful school adjustment (social, emotional, and behavioral) for preschool and primary students with emerging or serious behavioral challenges, as well as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and it’s transportation to and use in educational settings with parents, teachers, and other professionals.  Over the past eight years, Jon and his colleagues / mentors have focused on infusing MI into school-based mental health services. This work has served as a platform for a number of additional lines of research. 

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2012 (Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education. Dissertation Title: Teacher motivation as an enhancement to the First Step to Success early intervention program for Children with Tertiary Level Behavior Challenges.).
  • M.A., University of Northern Colorado., Greeley, CO , 1992 (Early Childhood Special Education.).
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado., Greeley, CO, 1987 (Special Education K-12.).

Research Information

Research Interests

I am very interested in both the improvement of literacy pedagogy for Early Childhood and Special Education Teachers, and interventions that promote the successful school adjustment (emotional and behavioral) for students with emerging or serious behavioral challenges. In the case of the latter, I am particularly interested in interventions that support parent and teacher behavior change, as these adults control the environments where children are educated, both the classroom and the home settings.
 
My current work focuses on motivational techniques to enhance teachers’ use of verbal and non-verbal feedback to interrupt the cycle of coercive interactions typically seen with children who demonstrate serious school adjustment, behavioral, and learning challenges.
 
In the area of early childhood education I am specifically interested in studying literacy development and its association with language and cognition, especially in regards to shared reading experiences. During my time at previous universities, I had the opportunity to lecture on speech and language development as part of a teacher endorsement in Special Education. These lectures, and the use of the text Speech to Print; Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats (2000) have spurred a particularly pesky interest in beginnings of literacy and the intricacies of a child’s language development in relation to a child’s understanding of the alphabet and its purposes (the alphabetic principle). I very much enjoy studying and teaching about the roots of this conceptual advance in addition to the variables (environment, family role, pedagogical concerns) that ultimately shape the quality of this and other related concepts.

Research Support

  • (Research Manager & Interventionsist), Frey, A. & Walker, H., Enhanced First Step to Success intervention for children with behavior problems., U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. (R324A080137), 1,497,849. 07-01-2009 to 06-30-2012. Status: Active.
  • (Consultant), Walker, H., Feil, E., & Frey, A. , First Step to Success intervention for young children with behavior problems., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. (1R01HD055334-01A2), 947,666. 12-01-2008 to 11-20-2013. Status: Active.
  • (Co-Investigator), Delano, M., Lee, J. , The Use of Dialogic Reading to Increase Communication and Shared Attention in Children with Autism. , University of Louisville. (IRB Tracking Number 07.0261 ), 5,000.. 01-01-2008 to 12-31-2008. Status: Completed.
  • (Interventionist), Delano, M., The Use of Video Modeled Social Stories TM to Improve the Social Skills of Children with Autism in Play Activities with Siblings. , University of Louisville. (IRB Tracking Number 07.0260 ), 5,000.. 01-01-2009 to 12-31-2009. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Lee, J., Developing Parental Support for Children’s Early Language Development: An Intervention Plan, University of Louisville. (IRB Tracking Number 09.0236), 5,000.. 01-01-2009 to 12-31-2009. Status: Completed.
  • Lee, J., Windsor Family Literacy Program, Title I, Part B, Subpart 3 William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program. 145,000. per year. 1997 to 2000. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-Investigator), Frey, A., Seeley, J. , Efficacy of Enhanced First Step to Success Intervention for Tertiary-Level Students with Disruptive Behavior., U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.. (Re-Submission), 07-01-2013 to 06-30-2017. Status: Pending.
  • (PI), Lee, J., U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring., Institute of Education Sciences.. 07-01-2014 to 06-30-2018. Status: Planned/In Preparation.
  • (PI), Lee, Jonathan, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation, Health Resources and Services Administration. (Subaward #712-7457), $92,880.00. 10-01-2014 to 09-30-2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Lee, Jonathan, "The Efficacy of the Tertiary First Step to Success Intervention", Institute of Education Sciences. (ULRF 15-0169-01/R324A150179), $18,579.00. 07-01-2015 to 06-30-2019. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Lee, Jonathan, Preschool First Step to Success: An efficacy replication study, Department of Education. (ORI/USED R324A150221), $70,222.00. 07-01-2017 to 06-30-2019. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Darling, S., & Lee, J. (2003). Linking parents to reading instruction.. The Reading Teacher, 57, 382.
  • McCart, A., Lee, J., Frey, A., Wolf, N. Choi, J., & Haynes, H. (2010). Response to intervention in early childhood centers: A multitiered approach promoting family engagement. . Early Childhood Services, 4, 87.
  • Frey, A., Cloud, R., Lee, J., Small, J. Seeley, J., Feil, E., Walker, H., & Golly, A. (2011). The promise of motivational interviewing in school mental health.. School Mental Health, 3, 1.
  • Frey, A., Lee, J., Small, J., Seeley, J., Wlaker, H., & Feil, E., (In Press). Transporting Motivational Interviewing to school Settings to Improve the Engagement and Fidelity of Tier 2 Interventions. Journal of Applied School Psychology.
  • Frey, A., Lee, J., Small, J., Seeley, J., Walker, H. & Feil, E. (Under Review). The Motivational Interviewing Navigation Guide: A Process for Enhancing Teachers’ Motivation to Adopt and Implement School-based Interventions. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.
  • Lee, J., Reinke, W., Frey, A. & Herman, K. (In Progress). Motivational Interviewing as a School-based Consultation Technique.. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation.
  • Frey, A., Lee, J., Small, J., Seeley, J., Walker, H., Feil, E. & Golly, A. (In Progress). The Development and Feasibility of an Enhanced Home Component for the First Step to Success Early Intervention Program. School Mental Health.
  • Frey, A., Small, J., Lee, J., Walker, H., Seeley, J., Feil, E., Golly, A. (2013). (Under Revision). Expanding the range of the First Step to Success intervention: Tertiary-level support for children, teachers and families. The Elementary School Journal.

Book Chapters

  • Lee, J., Frey, A., Walker, H., Golly, A., Seeley, J., Small, J., & Feil, E. (In Press). Adapting Motivational Interviewing to an Early Intervention Addressing Challenging Behavior: School-based Applications with Teachers. Motivational Interviewing with Children and Young People: Issues and Further Applications. United Kingdom: Positive Behaviour Management.
  • Walker, H., Severson, H., Seeley, J., Feil, E., Small, J., Golly, A. Frey, A., Lee, J., Sumi, C., Woodbridge, M., Wagner, & Forness, S. (In Press). The Evidence Base of the First Step to Success Early Intervention for Preventing Emerging Antisocial Behavior Patterns. Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Students Having Emotional and Behavioral Disorders New York: Guilford.

Other Publications

  • Lee, J. (2005). Building Readers: A guide for childcare providers. Verizon Literacy Campus On-line Course Verizon and the National Center for Family Literacy.
  • Kelly, K., Fulton, J., Lee, J., McMaster, J., & Price, G. (2003). Children’s Education in Family Literacy – Preschool Impact Training for Family Literacy Professionals. National Center for Family Literacy.
  • Fulton, J., Kelly, K., Lee, J., McMaster, J., & Price, G. (2003). Adult Education in Family Literacy – ABE Reading Instruction Impact Training for Family Literacy Professionals. National Center for Family Literacy.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Frey, A., & Lee, J. (2012). Enhanced First Step to Success. , Washington, DC.
  • Lee, J. (2009). Developing Parental Support for Children’s Early Language Development: Monitoring and Intervention at a Local Family Shelter, Louisville, KY..
  • Lee, J. (2008). Developing Parental Support for Children’s Early Language Development: A Plan for Monitoring and Intervention, Arlington, VA.
  • Rightmyer, E., Nunnelley, J. & Lee, J. (2007). The Impact of Community Initiatives on School Readiness in Child Care Centers Serving Low-Income Families, Orlando, FL.
  • Frey, A., Small, J., Lee, J., Feil, E., Seeley, J. Walker, H., Golly, A. & Cloud, R. (2011). Enhanced homeBase., Charleston, SC..
  • Lee, J. (2011). The First Step to Success and the Promise of Motivational Interviewing, Louisville, KY.
  • Lee, J. (2013). Enhancements to the First Step to Success Early Intervention Program: Pilot Results, San Diego, CA.

Poster Presentations

  • Frey, A., Small, J., Lee, J., Feil, E., Seeley, J. Walker, H., Golly, A. & Cloud, R. (2010). Development of the Enhanced First Step to Success intervention. Fifth annual IES Research Conference. , Washington, DC.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2009 to 2012, Research Faculty, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  • 2007 to 2009, Instructor, University of Louisville, University of Louisville.
  • 2003 to 2007, Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.
  • 2012 to To Present, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2000 to 2003, Senior Training Specialist and Project Manager for Design and Development, National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
  • 1994 to 2000, Coordinator for Early Childhood and Family Literacy, Windsor RE-4 School District, Windsor, CO.
  • 1993 to 1994, Coordinator for Early Childhood Programs, Greeley School District 6, Greeley, CO.
  • 1990 to 1993, Early Childhood Special Educator, Windsor RE-4 School District, Windsor, CO..
  • 1987 to 1990, Early Childhood Special Educator, Centennial Developmental Services Inc. , Evans, CO..

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2012, Motivational Interviewers Network of Trainers., . Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. http://www.motivationalinterviewing.org/
  • 2011, Council for Exceptional Children, . Member for the Division of Early Childhood. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an organization designed for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age 8, and their families. Members receive the Journal of Early Intervention (Professional and Student members only) and Young Exceptional Children magazine. http://www.dec-sped.org/
  • 2010, Society for Social Work and Research, . A Professional Membership Society for Social Workers Who Are Interested in Research. The Society for Social Work and Research is a non-profit, professional society devoted to the involvement of social workers, other social work faculty, and social work students in research and to promotion of human welfare through research and research applications. http://www.sswr.org/
  • 2012, National Association for the Education of Young Children, . NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education.
  • 01-01-2013, Association for Positive Behavior Support, . APBS is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors.