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Elizabeth Hagen

Former graduate research assistant for the Howland Social and Emotional Learning Initiative, doctoral candidate in school psychology with minor in evaluation studies

Current work, research and interests

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Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate in school psychology in the College of Education and Human Development and a research assistant for two projects at the University of Minnesota. At the Minnesota Partnership for School Connectedness, she has applied best practice research from the disciplines of education and health in educating, supporting, and evaluating middle level teachers’ efforts to enhance engagement and connection with their students. As part of the Howland Endowment's current focus on social and emotional aspects of learning and development, she is working to raise awareness of the importance of non-cognitive development amongst youth-serving organizations and policy makers, and to provide evidence-based guidance to help these programs improve key outcomes for youth.

Outside of the University, Elizabeth has guided groups of adolescents on expeditions through the Boundary Waters as an instructor for Outward Bound and on service trips in the West Indies through Visions Service Adventures. Now, in her dissertation research, she is examining how experiential education principles can be used as a whole school intervention to reengage students in learning so that they progress towards graduation and post-secondary success. She also conducts interpersonal therapy for adolescents with depression.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected presentations

Snyder, P.V., Resnick, M.D., McMorris, B. J., Christenson, S. L., Hagen, E., Nitardy, C. M. Connectedness and engagement: Teacher professional development to enhance early adolescent outcomes. Paper and poster presented at the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) 10th World Congress, June 2013.

Hagen, E. Partnering with teachers to engage disengaged learners: Lessons learned. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists annual conference, Seattle, February 2013.

Hagen, E., Snyder, P., & Moore, P. Engagement and connectedness: Enhancing student outcomes through teacher professional development. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists annual conference, Philadelphia, February 2012.

Snyder, P. & Hagen, E. Engagement and connectedness: Enhancing student outcomes through teacher professional development. Paper presented at the National Center for School Engagement annual conference, Denver, October 2011.

Snyder, P., Moore, P., & Hagen, E. Teacher professional development to enhance student engagement. Paper presented at Education Minnesota Professional Conference, October 2011.


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