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CEC honors young scholars with early career awards


November 3, 2016

by Jane Sevier
Erin Barton and Chris Lemons

The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Research has bestowed the Distinguished Early Career Research Award on Professors Erin Barton (Ph.D.’07) and Chris Lemons (Ph.D.’08). The award honors scholars who have made outstanding scientific contributions in basic or applied special education research within the first 10 years of their careers. They will receive their awards in April at the CEC Special Education Convention and Expo in Boston.

Barton is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development. Her research focuses on identifying evidence-based behavioral interventions that teachers and parents can institute in natural and inclusive settings. She has conducted several studies examining effective practices for increasing play skills in young children. She also examines best practices for using performance-based feedback to increase early childhood professionals’ use of recommended practices.

Lemons, also an assistant professor of special education at Peabody, works to improve academic outcomes for children and adolescents with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities. His recent research has focused on developing and evaluating reading interventions for persons with Down syndrome. Earlier this year, Lemons received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers—the highest honor presented by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers—from President Obama.

Barton and Lemons join fellow faculty members Erik Carter and Jeanne Wanzek as recipients of this award.



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