Dineen’s background is in political science, with a focus in survey methodology. Dineen has conducted surveys with a wide variety of populations including education stakeholders (District Administrators, Building Principals, Student Support Staff, Teachers, Parents, and Students), physicians, community leaders, and the general public. Dineen's overarching themes in research include examining the role of stakeholder attitudes in policy uptake and implementation. Dineen is the Director of UConn’s Graduate Program in Survey Research, Co-Director of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Interest Group, and a past-president of the NEAAPOR.
Compares stakeholders’ knowledge, beliefs, and opinions regarding school-based approaches to identifying/ supporting students at risk for social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) challenges. Discusses responses obtained from various stakeholder samples within 1330 US school districts. Shows how stakeholders generally reported being knowledgeable about SEB problems and school-based approaches believed student SEB problems should be a prioritized concern and identified using screening.
Focuses on the challenges and opportunities of using structured data from administrative and publicly available data sources, such as school records; demographic data; or public health records, in conjunction with traditional survey data. Illustrates several issues associated with managing large, multifaceted, multisource datasets.
Uses a nationally representative sample of U.S. public school districts and explores the current landscape of social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) approaches and their impact on behavioral outcomes. Data suggest SEB screening is the exception rather than the rule, with most districts reporting that students are referred to an internal support team when SEB concerns arise.