Tia Barnes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human Development
Tia Navelene Barnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), is a social emotional learning researcher and evaluator. As a former educator of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), Dr. Barnes’s research interests focus on creating environments where students with emotional and behavioral challenges can thrive. Dr. Barnes received her doctorate in August 2013 from the University of Florida where she majored in special education with an emphasis on emotional and/or behavioral disorders and minored in research and evaluation methodology. She then worked at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where her work focused on classroom environment for students with EBD and examining social emotional learning through a culturally responsive lens.
Dr. Barnes is a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation award that explores the use of social robots in teaching cybersecurity to young children. She also plays a leadership role in project planning, sample recruitment, instrument development, data collection and management, data analyses, and production of reports and manuscripts for several projects including ADVANCE and LEND.