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Kristen Granger

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Kristen Granger is an assistant professor of special education who studies dynamic systems within early childhood and elementary school classrooms that influence the social, behavioral and academic development of students with and at risk for high incidence disabilities. She focuses specifically on students with and at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and enjoys working in research-practice partnerships to support positive developmental trajectories for these students.

Granger recently served as a research faculty member in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in family and human development from Arizona State University in 2017 and 2014, respectively. She received her B.S. in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. 

Current Research

  • Classroom contextual influences on young students social and academic success
  • Efforts to improve interpersonal relationships and social-emotional trajectories of young students with or at risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Classroom-based intervention design and implementation
  • Teacher well-being and retention