Kristen Merrill (Doctoral Candidate, Special Education)

Kristen Merrill, M. Ed.

I am a doctoral candidate in Special Education at the University of Florida. Previously, I taught kindergarten in an inclusive setting for students with a variety of special needs, specifically many students with significant emotional and behavioral problems. As the recipient of a UF Graduate School Fellowship, I have served as a graduate research assistant on I Control since 2012. My research interests include cognitive-behavioral interventions for students with emotional and behavioral challenges, with a focus on social problem-solving interventions. I also have a passion for teaching pre-service special educators, specifically preparing them for supporting students’ behavioral needs.