Cynthia E. Hazel

Professor

  • Faculty
  • Morgridge College of Education

What I do

Dr. Cynthia Hazel is the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Sciences Department and Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program, Morgridge College of Education, at the University of Denver.

Professional Biography

Dr. Cynthia Hazel is the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Sciences Department and Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program, Morgridge College of Education, at the University of Denver. Dr. Hazel has consulted extensively with secondary schools and districts interested in enhancing student outcomes and learning: examples include consulting on the middle to high school transition, implementing MTSS at the secondary level, and developing markers for students’ on-time high school graduation. Dr. Hazel’s research interests include multi-tiered system of supports, positive youth development, student voice, consultation, student school engagement, and listening. All of her work is grounded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, social justice, and striving for zero correlation between a student’s demographic characteristics and educational outcomes. She has authored two books (the most recent, Empowered Learning in Secondary Schools: Promoting Positive Youth Development through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, published by the American Psychological Association), numerous articles, and presents nationally and internationally to promote equity and wellness for children, families, and school communities.

Degree(s)

  • BS, Architecture, Arizona State University
  • MA, Art Therapy, Vermont College
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Research

Equity and Disproportionality; Listening; Student School Engagement; Multi-tiered System of Supports at the Secondary Level; Positive Youth Development; Consultation and Consultation Training; Supervision and Supervision Training

Key Projects

  • Novice Teacher Effectiveness Research Project
  • School Consultation Practices in the Early Career: Does Training Matter?
  • ELO in Colorado
  • ABC Toolkit
  • Transitions-2nd year

Featured Publications

  • Empowered Learning in Secondary Schools: Promoting Positive Youth Development through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Ecological Consultation as a Means to Promote Child Rights
  • Race, exclusionary discipline, and connectedness to adults in secondary schools
  • Multi-level consultation with an urban school district to promote 9th grade supports for on-time graduation
  • Evidence of Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the Student School Engagement Measure

Presentations

  • Supporting adults in listening to children and adolescents: the Ecodevelopmental Listening Model
  • Systems-level consultation: Expanding your role for the benefit of all
  • Positive Youth Development and Civic Engagement in the Anthropocene
  • MTSS-PYD: Developing a School-Wide System that is Responsive to All Students
  • Promoting Student Voice in Schools

Awards

  • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association