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Bridget Poznanski, a fourth year doctoral student in FIU’s Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology program, under the mentorship of Dr. Katie Hart, received a two-year dissertation fellowship from the Department of Health and Human Services/ Administration for Children and Families/ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for her project entitled: “Examining Positive Behavioral Supports for Children with Challenging Behaviors Across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Head Start Settings”.

Bridget follows in her mentor’s footsteps to join the prestigious group of Head Start Graduate Student Research Scholars. Bridget’s project aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of behavior supports for children with persistent challenging behaviors in diverse Head Start centers, assess the feasibility and sustainability of providing best practices for children with challenging behaviors within Head Start centers, and use the information gathered throughout the project to identify areas for sustainable workforce enhancement across Head Start centers to best support children with challenging behaviors and their families in the transition to kindergarten.

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