Alexandra Torkelson-Trout , Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Education & Training

Doctorate of Philosophy, Special Education, 2003
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Emphasis in emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Masters of Arts, Special Education, 1999
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Emphasis in Learning Disabilities

Bachelors of Arts & Sciences, 1997
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Psychology

Dr. Torkelson-Trout's research focuses on (a) developing and evaluating educational and social/emotional supports for students with or at-risk of emotional and behavioral disorders, (b) education-based transition supports for youth involved in the child welfare system, (c) web-based health literacy interventions for youths transitioning out of the foster care system, and (d) parent engagement and family support programs.

Current Projects

Publications

Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Farley, J., Trout, A. L., & Duppong Hurley, K. (In press). Preparing parents to engage in the special education process: A descriptive examination of knowledge, training, and access to resources. Exceptionality.

Farley, J. Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Duppong Hurley, K., Aitken, A., & Trout, A. L. (In press). Teacher perspectives on information sharing and parent knowledge of special education. Journal of At-Risk Issues.

Huscroft-D’Angelo, J. & Trout, A. L. (In press). The Education of Students Involved in Foster Care: What Educators Need to Know. ReThinking Behavior.

Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Poling, D., & Trout, A. L. (2021). Foster parent perspectives on necessary supports for youth and their families departing foster care. Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication.

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Tyler, P., Mason, A., Vollmer, B. & Trout, A. L. (2021). Practice to Research and Back in a Social Service Agency: Trying to DO BETTER. Child & Youth Care Forum, 50, 149-165.

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Lambert, M. C., Trout, A., Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., & Duppong Hurley, K. (2021). Psychometrics of the Family Empowerment Scale for caregivers of youth leaving residential care. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 15, 433-448.

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Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Trout, A. L., Poling, D., Brown, A., Dittimer, C., & Ajuoga, L. (2021). Service provider perspectives of educational supports for students transitioning from foster care to permanency placements. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Advance online publication.

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Farley, J., Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Trout, A. L., & Duppong Hurley, K. (2020). A review of web-based special education resources provided to parents by state departments of education. Journal of Special Education, 54(3), 180-190.

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Trout, A. L., Lambert, M., Thompson, R., Duppong Hurley, K., & Tyler, P. (2020). On the Way Home: Promoting Caregiver Empowerment, Self-Efficacy, and Adolescent Stability During Family Reunification Following Placements in Residential Care. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 37(4). 269-292.

Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Trout, A., Duppong Hurley, K., Lambert, M (2020). Parents as partners: Empowering parents of youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. ReThinking Behavior, 4(1), 22-27.

Huscroft-D’Angelo, J., Trout, A. L., Henningsen, C., Patwardhan, I., Lambert, M., Synhorst, L., & Tyler, P. (2019). Legal professional perspectives on supports for youth and families during reunification from foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 107.

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Experience

March 2022 - Present
Senior Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene OR

2015-Present
Co-Director and Research Professor, Academy for Child and Family Well- Being
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

2011-2015
Associate Research Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders Lincoln’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

2005-2011
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders  Lincoln’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

August 2003 - August 2005
Assistant Professor of Special Education,
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

August, 2000 - August, 2003
Graduate Research Assistant,
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

August, 2000 - August 2002
Supervised Master’s Level Practicum/Student Teachers,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

August, 1998 - August 2000
Project PROMOTE, Preparing Paraeducators for Teaching Positions in Special Education,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

August, 1995 - August, 1997
Research Assistant,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

August, 2000 - June, 2001
Teacher, Clinton Elementary School, Lincoln, NE.

January, 2000 - February, 2000
Student Teacher, Middle School Special Education, Irving Middle School, Lincoln, NE.

March, 2000 - June, 2000
Student Teacher, Elementary Special Education, McPhee Elementary School, Lincoln, NE.

August, 1997 - June, 1998
Paraeducator, Belmont Elementary School, Lincoln, NE.