Scholars

Yvette Saliba
As a doctoral candidate in counseling education Yvette Saliba am very interested in the intersection between mental health and health. Her research is focused on gaining a deeper understanding in how our emotional health affects our physical well-being and understanding ways in which to increase quality of life.
In addition, Yvette has a passion for aging adults and helping them successfully transition from one area of life to the next, first generation college students and how to help them succeed, and finally, how to maximize the mindset of playfulness to enhance one’s overall sense of well-being.


Jayna MumbauerJayna Mumbauer
Jayna Mumbauer is a second-year doctoral student in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jayna’s previous counseling experiences include counseling children and adolescents in elementary and high school, facilitating group counseling for adolescents with disabilities, and counseling adults at a community counseling clinic. Jayna has presented on issues relating to counseling and education at state, national, and international conferences. Her research focuses on mental health literacy, bibliotherapy, and adolescent health and well-being.
As a Toni Jennings Scholar, Jayna is involved in research centered on students with unique abilities on college campuses. Currently she works as an academic coach for students with Executive Functioning Disabilities and is a graduate assistant for Inclusive Education Services which offers individuals with intellectual disabilities immersive campus and vocational opportunities. Jayna was also the lead coordinator of the 10th Annual UCF Counseling Conference.


Rebecca Hopkins
Rebecca is a doctoral candidate in the Exceptional Education PhD program at the University of Central Florida. She is a Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute Fellow and Project LEAD Scholar. She has a master’s degree in Special Education from Fairfield University in Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Rebecca is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been working with children with varying exceptionalities for over twenty years. She has worked in public schools in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida to support the educational needs of students, teachers, and families.
Rebecca is Project Assistant and Mentor Demonstration Classroom Coordinator for Project ASD, an OSEP funded grant to prepare educators to work with students with autism spectrum disorder. She is also the President of the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) to facilitate service learning opportunities for pre-service teachers and to advocate for students with unique abilities. Rebecca’s primary research interests focus on impacting teacher preparation in the use of evidence-based practices to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for students with autism. Currently, Rebecca is working on her dissertation and is co-leading the development of the Toni Jennings Behavioral Clinic to provide services to young children and families on pre-academic and behavioral skills.


Jillian SchrefflerJillian Schreffler

Jillian Schreffler is a doctoral student in special education at the University of Central Florida and a Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute Scholar. She has taught special education for 10 years in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. In her time at UCF, Jillian has been involved with the Down Syndrome Foundation and research on UDL in postsecondary STEM education to increase access for students with disabilities. Her research interest is in the sexual education of women with intellectual disabilities that have been sexually assaulted. Jillian’s mission is to examine the sexual education of students with intellectual disabilities that have been sexually assaulted with the goal of educating parents, teachers, and students with ID on ways to help protect students with ID from sexual assault.