Matthew Irvin is a research scientist at the National Research Center on Rural Education Support. Dr. Irvin received his doctorate degree in education with a specialization in educational psychology. His research has focused on risk and resilience, student engagement and adjustment, and rural youth. Dr. Irvin has taught and developed online courses at the university level on child and adolescent development. He has had extensive research experience in several projects across many different and unique rural schools and areas of the country. Dr. Irvin grew up in a small mid-western town in Illinois where he started and continues to enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities and natural landscapes of various rural settings.