Research Interests and Expertise

Developing and testing interventions for students with mathematics difficulties

Research Projects and Grants

  • Developing Connections Between Word Problems and Mathematical Equations to Promote Word-Problem Performance Among Students With Mathematics Difficulty, Institute of Education Sciences, 2015–2019
  • Understanding the Influence of Math Symbols and Vocabulary on Math Performance, National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014–2016
  • Investigating the Effects of Algebra and Rational Numbers Performance on Postsecondary Preparation, Access, and Persistence for Students With and Without Mathematics Difficulty, Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 2014–2017

Review Boards

  • Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
  • Learning Disability Quarterly
  • Teaching Exceptional Children

Recent Awards

  • Early Career Publication Award, Division for Research, Council for Exceptional Children, 2011
  • Dissertation Award, Division for Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, 2010
  • Outstanding Researcher Award (Dissertation Award), Council for Learning Disabilities, 2009 

Representative Publications

Powell, S. R., Driver, M. K., & Julian, T. E. (2015). The effect of tutoring with nonstandard equations on the mathematics performance of second-grade students with mathematics difficulty. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 48, 523–534. doi:10.1177/0022219413512613

Powell, S. R., Fuchs, L. S., Cirino, P. T., Fuchs, D., Compton, D. L., & Changas, P. C. (2015). Effects of a multitier support system on calculation, word problem, and prealgebraic learning among at-risk learners. Exceptional Children, 81, 443–470. doi:10.1177/0014402914563702

Powell, S. R., & Nurnberger-Haag, J. (2015). Everybody counts, but usually just to 10! A systematic analysis of number representations in children’s books. Early Education and Development, 26, 377–398. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.994466

Powell, S. R., & Fuchs, L. S. (2014). Does early algebraic reasoning differ as a function of students’ difficulty with calculations versus word problems? Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 29, 106–116. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12037

Powell, S. R., & Stecker, P. M. (2014). Using data-based individualization to intensify mathematics intervention for students with disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46(4), 31–37. doi:10.1177/0040059914523735

Powell, S. R., Fuchs, L. S., & Fuchs, D. (2013). Reaching the mountaintop: Addressing the Common Core Standards in mathematics for students with mathematics difficulties. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 28, 38–48. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12001

Powell, S. R. (2012). Equations and the equal sign in elementary mathematics textbooks. The Elementary School Journal, 112, 627–648. doi:10.1086/665009