Associate Professor

Expertise: Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Exceptional Learners.

Research Interests
My current research interests include the social and emotional development of children, adolescents and young adults; Asperger’s Syndrome; emerging adulthood; identity development; shyness; anxiety disorders; academic motivation; and interrater reliability.

My research interests include investigating identity development and the social and emotional development of adolescents and young adults. I have focused the bulk of my research on adolescents and young adults who may have special education or social/emotional needs. I have done studies in institutional settings such as adolescent group homes, juvenile justice facilities, and alternative high schools. I have also conducted research in public schools and universities. I have conducted mainly qualitative studies using grounded theory, phenomenology, and case study approaches. I have completed two recent qualitative studies. One was published in the refereed journal The Qualitative Report in January, 2012, which was a qualitative case study of an adolescent male with XYYY, or triple male chromosomes. There are only about 12 recorded cases of this genetic makeup recorded in the literature. The second study was accepted for publication in the refereed journal Adultspan in June, 2013. This study concerned the phenomenological experience of shyness among university students.

I am also currently developing other research projects. I am collaborating with JCU graduate students to finish a grounded theory study with adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome. I am beginning another study on the identity stage of “Emerging Adulthood” from ages 18-30, which is also sometimes referred to as the “Quarterlife Crisis.” In a quantitative study, I am investigating academic motivation among urban, alternative high school students.

Recent Courses
ED 502 Research Methods
ED 530 Tests and Measurements
ED 201 Assessment, Learning and Individual Differences
ED 200 The Young Child: Development from Birth to Age 8
ED 532 Developmental Psychology
CG 509 Research Methods for Mental Health Professionals
CG 505 Human Growth and Development

Selected Publications/Conference Presentations
Rausch, J.L., Giegerich, V., Goldstein, D.A., & Brennan, C. (2013, June). The development and experience of shyness among adult university students: A phenomenological study with suggestions for counseling and education. Accepted for publication in the refereed journal, Adultspan.

Rausch, J.L. (2012). A case study of the identity development of an adolescent male with emotional and behavioral disorder and 48, XYYY karyotype in an institutional setting. The Qualitative Report, 17, 222-243.

Rausch, J.L., & Hamilton, M.W. (2006). Goals and distractions: Explanations of early attrition from traditional university freshmen. The Qualitative Report, 11 (2), 317-334.

Rausch, J.L., & Giegerich, V. (2014, February). The experience of shyness and technology among young adults: A phenomenological study. Paper presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rausch, J.L., & Giegerich, V. (2013, February). Families’ experiences with Asperger’s syndrome. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

Rausch, J.L., & Cain, K.D. (2011, March). Depression in African American adolescents: Community, family, and individual influences and intervention. Paper presented at the American Counseling Association, New Orleans, LA.

Rausch, J.L, Mathews, M.B., & Goldstein, D.A. (2010, April). College student perceptions of their high school counselors: The impact of specific counselor actions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Rausch, J.L., & Goldstein, D.A. (2010, March). Shyness: Utilizing computer mediated communication to transition from online to face-to-face social interaction. Paper presented at the American Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.