Dr. Lastrapes' career began as a classroom teacher in special education in Northern California. For 3 years she worked at a non-public school residential facility in Oakland for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), and from there moved to a public middle school in San Leandro where she taught for 10 years as a resource specialist. She went back to graduate school at Louisiana State University in 2010 and finished a PhD in applied research, measurement, and evaluation with a minor in applied statistics. Her teaching and research in higher education is guided by her K-12 teaching experience. Her primary research interests include behavioral interventions for students with EBD, particularly games teachers can play such as the Good Behavior Game and a game she was the first to investigate (but didn’t invent) called the Teacher vs. Students Game.
PhD, Louisiana State University
Post-master's Certificate, San Francisco State University
MEd, Louisiana State University
BS, Louisiana State University