An associate scholar in the Department of Special Education, I have been working on funded research projects since I arrived at UF in 1997. I am currently co-principal investigator (with Dr. Stephen Smith) of the Prevention Research Project, a federally funded study of cognitive behavioral intervention to prevent or reduce anger and aggression among elementary school students. Related research interests have focused on social problem solving and conflict resolution and the relation between language and behavior in young children. Doctoral work in experimental psychology, an abiding interest in human behavior, academic counseling experience at the high school and college levels, and a dissertation focus on culturally responsive teaching have all contributed to my continued investment in research that is relevant to improving the lives of children at risk.
- Ph.D., University of Florida, 1996, Special Education
- M.A. University of Central Florida, 1993, Exceptional Child Education
- M.S. Tufts University, 1970, Psychology
- B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, 1967, Psychology
Key Professional Appointments
- Associate Scholar and Project Director, University of Florida, Department of Special Education, 2008-present
- Assistant Scholar and Project Director, University of Florida, Department of Special Education, 1997-2008
- Visiting Instructor, University of Central Florida, Brevard Campus, 1996-1997
- Social-Emotional Learning through Literacy (principal investigator, with Drs. Nancy Corbett & Stephen Smith). Submitted to the University of Florida Division of Sponsored Research (Opportunity Fund), August, 2009 to July, 2011, $80,000.
- Co-Principal Investigator. Universal Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Elementary Students to Reduce Disruptive/Aggressive Behavior. 2006-2010, Submitted to the Institute for Education Sciences (Goal 3 under Serious Behavior Disorders), $1,625,469.
- Co-Investigator. Investigating Functions of Prosocial Behaviors in Children with Autism. 2006-2008, Submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NICHD Small Grant Program), $50,000.
- Principal Investigator. Measurement of Teacher Characteristics that Influence Universal Treatment Outcomes in Aggression Prevention. 2005, Submitted to the College Research Incentive Fund, College of Education, University of Florida, $3000.
- Co-Principal Investigator. Use of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Preventing/Remediating Anger, Aggression, and Chronic Classroom Disruption: Research on Treatment Exposure, Treatment Setting, Influence of Teacher Variables, and Social Validity. 2002-2005, Submitted to U.S. Office of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Field-Initiated Research), $540,000.
Daunic, A. P., Naranjo, A., Smith, S. W., & Garvan, C. W. (under review). Use of assessments from multiple informants to identify children at risk for externalizing behavior problems. School Psychology Review.
Daunic, A. P., Conroy, M. A., Sowell, C., Harman, J., Bell-Ellison, B. A. (under revision). Relations of measures of language and behavior for high risk children in early childhood. Journal of Early Intervention.
Conroy, M. A., Stichter, J. P., Daunic, A., & Haydon, T. (2008). Classroom-based research in the field of emotional/behavioral disorders: Methodological issues and future research directions. Journal of Special Education, 41(4), 209-222.
Smith, S. W., Daunic, A. P., & Taylor, G. (2007). Treatment fidelity in applied educational research: Expanding the adoption and application of measures to ensure evidence-based practice. Education and Treatment of Children, 30, 121-134.
Daunic, A. P., Smith. S. W., Brank, E. M., & Penfield, R. D. (2006). Classroom based cognitive-behavioral intervention to prevent aggression: Efficacy and social validity. Journal of School Psychology. 44, 123-139.
Smith, S. W., Lochman, J. E., & Daunic, A. P. (2005). Managing aggression using cognitive-behavioral interventions: State of the practice and future directions. Behavioral Disorders, 30(3), 227-240.
Smith. S.W., & Daunic, A. P. (2004). Research on preventing behavior problems using a cognitive-behavioral intervention: Preliminary findings, challenges and future directions. Behavioral Disorders, 30(1), 72-76.
Sindelar, P. T., Daunic, A. P., & Rennells, M. S. (2004). Comparisons of traditionally and alternatively trained teachers. Exceptionality, 12(4), 209-223.
Daunic, A. P., Correa, V. I., & Reyes-Blanes, M. (2004). Teacher preparation for diverse classrooms: Performance-based assessment of beginning teachers. Teacher Education and Special Education, 27(2), 105-118.
Books & Book Chapters
Algozzine, R., Daunic, A. P., & Smith, S. W. (Eds.) (in press). Preventing Problem Behaviors (2nd edition), Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Smith, S. W., & Daunic, A. P. (2006). Behavior management for elementary students: Teaching social problem solving. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Smith, S. W., Graber, J., & Daunic, A. P. (2009) Cognitive-behavioral interventions for anger/aggression: Review of research and research-to-practice issues. In M. Mayer, R. Van Acker, J. Lochman, & F. Gresham (Eds.). Cognitive-behavioral interventions for emotional and behavioral disorders: School-based practice (pp. 111-142). New York: Guilford.