Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Jessica Koslouski is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Educational Psychology within the Neag School of Education. She works with Dr. Sandra Chafouleas and the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). Dr. Koslouski’s research focuses on supporting schools to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. She is particularly interested in the implementation and utilization of trauma-informed practices in schools. For her dissertation, Dr. Koslouski led the design, implementation, and evaluation of a professional development intervention in trauma-informed teaching practices. She used Design-Based Research – an approach focused on creating feasible, acceptable, and sustainable educational interventions – to co-design the intervention with educators. Dr. Koslouski draws on ten years of experience as a special education teacher and across her work, is committed to supporting students, families, educators, and schools to cultivate equitable and supportive learning environments for all.
Ph.D., Boston University, Applied Human Development
M.Ed., Boston University, Special Education
B.A., Boston College, Elementary Education and Human Development
Areas of Expertise:
trauma-informed schools implementation
school mental health
child and adolescent mental health
Koslouski, J. B., Jones, M. E., Patil, P. A., Chan, F., Roulier, R. C., & Porche, M. V. (2021, online first). Re-Envisioning School-based Counseling: Sports-based Group Therapy for Elementary School Students Exposed to Trauma. Journal of Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/00220574211016399
Koslouski, J. B. & Stark, K. (2021). Promoting learning for students experiencing adversity and trauma: The everyday, yet profound, actions of teachers. The Elementary School Journal, 121(3), 430-453. https://doi.org/10.1086/712606
Stark, K. & Koslouski, J. B. (2021). The emotional job demands of special education: Novice, alternatively certified teachers’ experiences. Teacher Education and Special Education, 41(1), 60-77. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888406420931497
Porche, M. V., Koslouski, J. B., & Oblath, R. (2019). Trauma disorders. In S. Hupp, J. Jewell, P. Leman & A. James (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley-Blackwell.