Amber O’Shea, Ph.D

AOeditDr. Amber O’Shea is a research scientist at the TU Collaborative for Community Inclusion. Amber received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before earning a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a Specialist degree in Education at Florida State University. She earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University.

Prior to joining the staff at the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion, Amber worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant within the College of Education at Temple University, where she developed teaching and research specializations in adolescent development, motivation, and issues surrounding disability, mental health, and learning. Amber’s research primarily focuses on promoting the participation of individuals with disabilities in educational settings, improving the learning outcomes of adolescents and young adults with disabilities, and providing insight for practitioners and educators on how to best support their students and clients.

Selected Publications:

  1. O’Shea, A., Booth, J.L., Barbieri, C., McGinn, K.M., Young, L.K., & Oyer, M.H. (2016). Algebra performance and motivation differences for students with learning disabilities and students of varying achievement levels. Contemporary Educational Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.03.003
  2. O’Shea, A., & Meyer, R. (2016). A qualitative investigation of the motivation of college students with nonvisible disabilities to utilize disability services. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 29 (1).
  3. O’Shea, A., & Smedema, S. M. (2013). Understanding depressive symptoms among individuals with spinal cord injuries: A Biopsychosocial perspective. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, doi: 0034355213512210.