Elizabeth Bettini

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Bettini is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education program in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She previously taught students with EBD in self-contained and inclusive settings in Arizona and Connecticut. Her research examines how working conditions influence special educators’ efforts to effectively serve students with disabilities, especially students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). Currently, she is working on several research projects investigating the consequences and predictors of novice special educators’ perceptions that their workloads are manageable.

Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Florida

M.A. in Special Education with a focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, University of Arizona

B.S. in Cognitive Science with a focus on Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego

B.A. in English Literature, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Elizabeth Bettini’s research focuses on how working conditions (e.g. school social contexts, material resources, planning time) contribute to special educators’ instruction and retention. She focuses specifically on special educators who are new to teaching, serve students with emotional disabilities, or serve in high-poverty schools.

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A complete list of Dr. Bettini's publications is available here.

Billingsley, B. S. & Bettini, E. (accepted). Special education teacher attrition research: A systematic literature review. Review of Educational Research.

Trainor, A. A., Bettini, E., Scott, L. A. (accepted). Introduction to the special issue. A necessary step in pursuit of equity: Developing a racially/ethnically diverse special education teaching forceRemedial and Special Education.

Billingsley, Bettini, E., & Jones, N. D. (in press). Supporting special education teacher induction through high-leverage practices. Remedial and Special Education.

Bettini, E., Mason-Williams, L., & Barber, B. (online). Access to qualified, well-supported principals across neighborhood and exclusionary schools. Journal of Special Education.

Jones, N. D., Bettini, E., & Brownell, M. T. (online). Competing strands of educational reform policy: Can collaborative school reform and teacher evaluation reform be reconciled?. Elementary School Journal.

Billingsley, B., Bettini, E., & Williams, T. O. (online). Teacher diversity in special and general education: Composition and distribution of teachers of color across schools. Remedial and Special Education.

Leite, W., Stapleton, L., & Bettini, E. (online). Propensity score analysis of complex survey data with structural equation modeling: A tutorial with MPlus. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

Bettini, E., Jones, N. D., Brownell, M. T., Conroy, M., & Leite, W. (2018). Relationships between novices’ social resources and workload manageability. Journal of Special Education, 52, 113-126.

Bettini, E., Wang, J., Cumming, M., Kimerling, J., & Schutz, S.* (2018). Special educators’ experiences of roles and responsibilities in self-contained classes for students with emotional/behavioral disorders.Remedial and Special Education, 31, 126 - 142.

McKenna, J. & Bettini, E. (2018). Reading instruction for students with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders: Challenges, key considerations, and future directions. Beyond Behavior, 27, 74 – 81.

Invited:

Bettini, E. (2019, March). Special educators’ working conditions: A lever for improving the quality and effectiveness of the special education teacher workforce. Invited presentation at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

Ansley, B., Bettini, E., Cumming, M., O’Brien, K., Brownell, M., & Leko, M. (2019, January). Attending to Special Educators’ Working Conditions: Current Research and Future Directions. Panel presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Cumming, M., Bettini, E., O’Brien, K., & Brunsting, N. (2019, January). Special Educators’ Working Conditions and Commitment to Teaching Students with EBD. Moderator for multi-presentation session at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Mason-Williams, L., Bettini, E., Boveda, M., & Mathews, H.M. (2019, January). Novice Teachers’ Commitment and the Relationship between Role, Social Resources, and School Poverty. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E., Brunsting, N., Lillis, J.*, & Stark, K.* (2019, January). Interpersonal Dynamics among Adults Serving Students with EBD in Self-Contained Classes. Poster presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E., Ansley, B., Cumming, M., O’Brien, M., Garwood, J., Brunsting, N., & Ruble, L. (2019, January)Supporting Special Education Teachers’ Well-Being: Current Research and Future Directions. Moderator for panel presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E. (2019, January). Special Education Teachers’ Well-Being: Mediating the Teacher Shortage. Moderator for multi-presentation session at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E., Cumming, M., & Sutton, R.* (2018, November). Special educators’ working conditions, stress, and commitment to continue teaching. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bettini, E. (2018, November). Interpersonal dynamics among adults serving students with emotional/behavioral disorders in self-contained classes. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Leko, M., Bettini, E., McLeskey, J., Rock, M., & Ziegler, D. (2018, November). Research Committee Panel Presentation: Examining and Responding to Personnel Shortages in Special Education. Invited panel presentation at the annual Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Sindelar, P., Bettini, E., Fisher, T., & Mason-Williams, L. (2018, November). Back to the Future: Special Education, Teacher Supply, and Dynamic Labor Markets. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Cumming, M., Bettini, E., & Smith, S. (2018, November). Preparing educational professionals to address disruptive behavior in middle school. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bettini, E., Brunsting, N., Lillis, J.*, & Stark, K.* (2018, October). Interpersonal dynamics among adults serving students with emotional/behavioral disorders in self-contained classes. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Cumming, M., Brunsting, N., & Sutton, R.* (2018, October). Special educators’ working conditions, stress, and commitment to continue teaching in self-contained settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Educators Conference for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

Oblath, R.*, Green, J.G., Bettini, E., Pincus, D., Lawry, C., & Faraci, N. (2018, October). Summer support service provision for urban youth. Paper presented at the annual Teacher Educators Conference for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

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