Bio

Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. He is also the director of the master's programs in Educational Psychology. Dr. Saxon completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas (1995), where he studied Educational Psychology and research and then completed post-doctoral work in KU’s Infant Cognition Center.

Dr. Saxon’s research interests include cross-cultural studies of youth, schooling, teachers and a variety of other education-related factors. He has also published numerous articles in the area of child language development and the role played by parent-child interaction behaviors and other environmental influences.

Dr. Saxon has published in top journals such as Child Development, Educational Psychology Review, Comparative Education Review, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and the Journal of School Psychology.

He is co-principal investigator for the EnAbled for College program, funded by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. The program to mentor disabled and at-risk high school students to prepare for post-secondary education is funded for $150,000 for 2016-18, and received $127,000 for the 2014-16 program cycle. The Department of Educational Psychology's Dr. Tamara Hodges is co-principal investigator.

Degrees (1)

PhD
1995
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Research Interests (2)

Cross-Country/Cultural Studies

Cross-country/cultural: including studies that address teacher education, use of educational technology, youth development programs, domestic violence, parenting practices and creativity

Infancy/Early Childhood and Language

Infancy/early childhood and language: including parenting styles that promote language and literacy, caretaking and child care, and early correlates of cognitive development

Select Publications (2)

Traditional versus iPad-mediated Handwriting Instruction in Early Learners

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, professor and chair, published "Traditional versus iPad-mediated Handwriting Instruction in Early Learners" in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, Vol. 9, Issue 2, p. 185-198, June 1, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Tracey N. Sulak, clinical assistant professor, Kevin E. Wells, doctoral candidate, and Dr. Leanne L. Howell, clinical assistant professor.

Project Promise: A long-term Follow-up of Low-income Gifted Students who Participated in a Summer Enrichment Program

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, professor and chair, published "Project Promise: A long-term Follow-up of Low-income Gifted Students who Participated in a Summer Enrichment Program" in Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Vol. 39, Issue 2, p. 83-102, June 16, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Susan K. Johnsen, professor, Dr. Mary J. Witte, senior lecturer, and Corina R. Kaul, doctoral student.

Select Presentations (1)

Preparing and Building Confidence for Students with Disabilities to Transition to Post-secondary Education (PSE)

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, professor and chair, Dr. Tamara L. Hodges, senior lecturer, and Robin Wilson, doctoral student, presented "Preparing and Building Confidence for Students with Disabilities to Transition to Post-secondary Education (PSE)" at Southwest Educational Research Association annual conference, held February 16, 2016, in New Orleans, LA.

External Grants (1)

Enabled for College

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, professor and chair; $150,000.00; Enabled for College; AT&T Foundation.