Human Services

  • EDHS
  • Academic Department

What We Do

We provide education and training programs for graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of counselor education, clinical and school psychology, speech pathology and audiology, and youth and social innovation. 

The department and it's faculty emphasize research, scholarship and intervention. Quality research and the application of research and theory to practice is the hallmark of the Department of Human Services. Areas of special interest include youth violence, speech and hearing concerns, mentoring middle school students, autism spectrum disorders, international education and service, school interventions, incarcerated adolescents and adults, positive youth development, learning and attention disorders.

Graduate programs work closely with the Sheila C. Johnson Center, a clinical training and services center in the areas of speech and hearing services, psychological assessment and intervention, reading, and career planning and development. The center and its several clinics provide services to the larger community receiving referrals from around the region including the University, schools, mental health service agencies, hospitals, courts and detention centers, healthcare facilities and others. Graduate and undergraduate students and faculty are involved in community service and service learning through a wide variety of programs and initiatives.

Students working in the department at the graduate and undergraduate levels are involved with faculty research and scholarship making professional presentations, presenting to policy making bodies, collaborating on publications and being involved in training activities in the professional community. Most faculty within the department serve as licensed practitioners as well as quality researchers.

Academic Programs

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Human Services Faculty

Julia Blodgett

Julia Blodgett

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical Psychologist
Jessika Bottiani

Jessika H. Bottiani

  • Research Associate Professor
Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine P. Bradshaw

  • Senior Associate Dean for Research
  • University Professor
Blaire E Cholewa

Blaire E. Cholewa

  • Associate Professor
Dewey Cornell

Dewey Cornell

  • Virgil S. Ward Professor of Education
Sabrina J. Curtis

Sabrina J. Curtis

  • Assistant Professor
Jason T Downer

Jason T. Downer

  • Professor
  • Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Michaela DuBay

Michaela DuBay

  • Assistant Professor
  • Co-Director, STAR Global Programs
Amanda G Flora

Amanda G. Flora

  • Associate Professor
Scott Gest

Scott Gest

  • Chair, Department of Human Services
  • Professor
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Margaret Halinski

  • Assistant Professor
  • Doctor of Audiology
Natoya Hill Haskins

Natoya Hill Haskins

  • Associate Professor
  • Counselor Education Program Co-Director
Jane Hilton

Jane C. Hilton

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Faculty
LaVae M Hoffman

LaVae M. Hoffman

  • Associate Professor
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Director
Melissa Levy

Melissa Levy

  • Associate Professor
  • Youth & Social Innovation Program Director
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Filip T. Loncke

  • Professor
Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical & School Psychology Program Director
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Kazlin Mason

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of the Imaging and Communication Outcomes Lab
Micah Mazurek

Micah Mazurek

  • Novartis U.S. Foundation Professor of Education
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Director, Supporting Transformative Autism Research
Rose Nevill

Rose Nevill

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Director, STAR Autism Research Core
Ann Partee

Ann Partee

  • Research Assistant Professor of Education
Robert C Pianta

Robert C. Pianta

  • Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education
Elisabeth A. Pleszkoch

Elisabeth A. Pleszkoch

  • Assistant Professor
Randall R Robey

Randall R. Robey

  • Associate Professor
Erica Rouch

Erica Fornaris Rouch

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Director of Autism Services; Director, STAR Clinical Services and Training
Lora Henderson Smith

Lora Henderson Smith

  • Assistant Professor
Naila A. Smith

Naila A. Smith

  • Assistant Professor
Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor

  • Associate Professor
Antoinette Thomas

Antoinette R. Thomas

  • Professor of Education
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselor Education Program Co-Director
Peter Tuerk

Peter Tuerk

  • Director, Sheila C. Johnson Center for Clinical Services
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Professor
Derick J. Williams

Derick J. Williams

  • Associate Professor of Education
Amanda P Williford

Amanda P. Williford

  • Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education Associate Director for Early Childhood Education
  • CASTL Clinical Psychologist
Matthew Yoder

Matthew Yoder

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Psychological Services, Sheila C. Johnson Center
Faith Zabek

Faith A. Zabek

  • Research Assistant Professor
Katy Zeanah

Katy Zeanah

  • Interim Degree Coordinator, Ed.S. in School Psychology Program
  • School Mental Health Outreach Manager
  • Clinical & School Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor

Human Services Staff

Felicia Dull

  • Department Administrator
Ryan Mehring

Ryan Mehring

  • Administrative Generalist
Elspeth Splaun

Elspeth Splaun

  • Senior Fiscal Technician
Katy Zeanah

Katy Zeanah

  • Interim Degree Coordinator, Ed.S. in School Psychology Program
  • School Mental Health Outreach Manager
  • Clinical & School Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor

Affiliated Centers & Labs

  • SJC
  • Sheila C. Johnson Center for Clinical Services

Sheila C. Johnson Center for Clinical Services

The Sheila C. Johnson Center for Clinical Services is a multidisciplinary clinic that provides personalized assessment and intervention services. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality science-based clinical services to the people of Charlottesville, the UVA community, Albemarle County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

  • STAR
  • Research Center

Supporting Transformative Autism Research

The STAR initiative is led by the School of Education and Human Development in partnership with colleagues across the University. STAR aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training. 

  • YVP
  • Research Lab

Youth Violence Project

The Virginia Youth Violence Project is a research group composed of faculty and graduate students in the UVA School of Education and Human Development. We conduct research on youth violence prevention and school safety and provide training and consultation on topics such as threat assessment, bullying prevention, and forensic psychology. Through our work, we have developed strong evidence in support of school threat assessment as a school violence prevention strategy and alternative to zero tolerance discipline.

  • Research Center

Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center with a translational approach to scholarship and innovation that is central to its work. 

  • CASTL
  • Research Center

Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education. 

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Contact Us

Office Location

  • Bavaro Hall 212

Mailing Address

  • PO Box 400261
    417 Emmett Street S
    Charlottesville, VA 22903