Bio

Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Psychology, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. 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.

Notable externally funded work most recently (2014-2018: $277K) the EnAbled for College program funded by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. The program objective was to mentor disabled and at-risk high school students to prepare for post-secondary education. The Department of Educational Psychology's Dr. Tamara Hodges joined as 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 (3)

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.

Dr. Terrill Saxon, professor, published Positive youth development: an experimental trial with unattached adolescents in Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 67, p. 85-97, 2018, with co-author(s) Dr. Darrell Hull, University of North Texas.

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

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, professor, 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.