Conceptualizing the NET: The Neuroeducation Translational (NET) Research Model – A Framework for Neuroscience Research to Special Education Practice

  • Sagarika Kosaraju The George Washington University
  • Mary Ann Gorman The George Washington University
  • Katherine Berry The George Washington University


Advances in neuroscience related to developmental disorders could substantially impact individuals with disabilities and the field of special education. However, several challenges impede the current translation of neuroscience research for special education practice, such as misinterpretations of neuroscience findings. An investigation of translational research in medicine and social sciences revealed a common conceptual framework founded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Using this model as a guide, the authors propose a new framework, titled the Neuroeducation Translational (NET) Research Model, to carefully scaffold neuroscience research from the laboratory to special education practice in four phases. Improved outcomes for individuals with disabilities and knowledge sharing across disciplines are some of the benefits to developing a framework for neuroeducation.

Author Biographies

Sagarika Kosaraju, The George Washington University

Sagarika Kosaraju is a doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant in the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies at The George Washington University. Currently, she is assisting with the development of the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation, which is housed at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD). Shealso is working on her dissertation about parent completion of the special education eligibility determination process for preschool children. Before pursuing her doctorate, Ms. Kosaraju was an educator for six years for young children with disabilities.

Mary Ann Gorman, The George Washington University
Mary Ann Gorman is a doctoral student in specialeducationanddisability studies at The George Washington University (GWU), Washington, D.C. and a graduate research assistant at the Center for AppliedDevelopmental Science and Neuroeducation in the Graduate School ofEducationand Human Development.
Katherine Berry, The George Washington University

Kate Berry is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies at The George Washington University.As a Graduate Research Assistant, she supports efforts to obtain grants and strengthen partnerships for the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation. She recently completed work on a National Institute of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant, which was created to address health disparities impacting students in DC and Maryland schools. The grant included work in the areas of curriculum development, school and community outreach, teacher preparation, and student instruction. Ms. Berry's dissertation research is an exploratory study investigating the influence of a dramatic arts strategy on the on-task behavior of students with language-based learning disabilities in inclusive elementary classroom settings. Previously, she worked as a special education teacher for grades 4-6 in DC Public and Charter schools.Her expertise is in the following areas: students with specific learning disabilities, language acquisition, curriculum development, teacher training, and arts integrated instruction.


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How to Cite
KOSARAJU, Sagarika; GORMAN, Mary Ann; BERRY, Katherine. Conceptualizing the NET: The Neuroeducation Translational (NET) Research Model A Framework for Neuroscience Research to Special Education Practice. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, may 2015. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2021.


neuroeducation, neuroscience research, special education, transdisciplinary, translational research