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Research Opportunities

The following research opportunities are provided at the request of the researcher(s). 

(posted 11/05/17)

Behavioral Sleep Medicine Practices

Christopher W. Drapeau, Ph.D. of Valparaiso University is conducting a research study to better understand the prevalence of behavioral sleep medicine training among school professionals. It is important to understand the prevalence of such training and the perceived needs of school professionals in addressing sleep problems given the negative impact of poor sleep on academic, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth. For this project, you will be asked to complete a brief series of questions about your training and knowledge in the area of behavioral sleep medicine. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you are free to withdraw your permission at any time for any reason without penalty or prejudice from the investigators. If you have questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact Christopher Drapeau at chris.drapeau@valpo.edu.

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

School Wellness Survey

Scott Greenspan, a doctoral student at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, is conducting a study to learn about physical activity and social-emotional learning from the point of view of school psychologists, school counselors, and PE teachers. By completing this short, online survey, participants will play an important role in providing them with information to inform various school-based practices and future research. Participants may choose to leave questions blank and stop at any time. If you have questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact Scott Greenspan at sgreenspan@umass.edu or Sara Whitcomb at swhitcomb@educ.umass.edu

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Autism and Cultural Considerations

Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Ph.D., from Utah State University, is acting as the principal investigator for this study. You are invited to participate in a survey about school psychologists' experiences with school-based autism spectrum disorder assessments with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information to school psychologists, graduate educators, and policy makers in better understanding how cultural considerations impact and school-based autism assessments for diverse students as well as learn more about the professional development and training needs surrounding culturally responsive school-based autism assessments for practitioners. 

Practicing school psychologists are asked to take part in this 20 to 30-minute online survey. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. There is no foreseeable risk to participants and you may opt out at any time. Participants who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of two $100 gift cards to Amazon.com. Questions regarding this study can be directed to Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Ph.D. at maryellen.mcclainverdoes@usu.edu. 

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey. 


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Identification of Specific Learning Disability

Karolina Nicewicz, a doctoral candidate from St. John's University, is conducting a research study to better understand the identification of specific learning disability. Practicing school psychologists are asked to take part in this 20-minute online survey. You will be asked to read several vignettes containing information regarding students referred for evaluations due to significant learning and academic difficulties. You will then be asked to rate your level of confidence with identifying the students as SLD for each vignette. Questions regarding this study can be directed to Karolina Nicewicz at karolina.nicewicz14@stjohns.edu

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Cultural Competency

Dr. Tara Raines, a faculty member from the Mordridge College of Education at the University of Denver, is conducting a research study to examine factors that include cultural competency. Practicing school psychologists and school psychology graduate students are asked to take part in this 20-minute online self-survey. Eligible participants may gain insight on the measurement of cultural competency, as well as factors that influence self-perceived cultural competency. Participation is voluntary; participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Questions regarding this study can be directed to Dr. Tara Raines at Tara.Raines@du.edu.

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Early Childhood Settings

You are invited to participate in a research study examining the professional practices of school psychologists working in early childhood settings. For the purposes of this study, early childhood includes settings for children ages 3-5. These settings include but are not limited to Head Start, public preschools, private preschools, and early childhood special education. Although attention to the expansion of the role of school psychologists in early childhood settings has intensified, little is actually known about the current professional practices of school psychologists who work in early childhood settings.

In order to participate, you must be a school psychologist providing services in early childhood settings. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes. Participants have the option to enter a drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. Participant responses will be anonymous. Questions regarding this study can be directed to Dr. Kizzy Albritton at kalbritt@kent.edu. 

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Professional Roles and Practices

You are asked to take part in a research project to assess perceptions of professional roles and practices of school psychologists. This project is being conducted by Erin M. McClure, M.A. in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. Your participation in this project is greatly appreciated and will take approximately 10 minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Should you have any questions about the research project, please feel free to contact Erin McClure at (330) 317-7794 or McClure.497@osu.edu. Each participant who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $100 gift cards to Amazon. 

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

School-Based Mental Health

Shayla Tiffany is currently a third year graduate student in the school psychology program at Central Washington University. In order to complete her thesis, Ms. Tiffany is surveying school psychologists throughout the Northwest on what they perceive their school-based mental health needs to be. Using the School Mental Health Issues Survey, respondents will be asked questions regarding their perceived mental health needs, mental health services their schools have or do not have, the perceived effectiveness or ineffectiveness of these services, as well as any different barriers they experience. The survey is expected to take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. No identifying information will be collected and participation is completely voluntary. There is no financial compensation involved. Respondents are welcome to contact Ms. Tiffany at TiffanyS@cwu.edu for information regarding the survey or her thesis research. 

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey. 


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling Programs

Stephanie Schwartz is in her fourth year of the school psychology program at St. John's University. Ms. Schwartz's doctoral research is examining the perceived acceptability and effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral counseling program to identify factors that influence school psychologist and school administrator perceptions of the program. Participation in the study will take approximately 10 minutes and involves completing an electronic questionnaire. Participants will be asked questions about demographics and will be asked to read a brief description of a counseling program and answer related questions. 

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Applied Behavioral Analysis

Tara Stevens, Ed.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Texas Tech University. Dr. Stevens reports that school psychologists use a wide variety of evidenced based interventions but little is known about how their training and confidence as well as supervisor support related to intervention implementation. Dr. Stevens would like to learn about how the use of Applied Behavior Analysis and related principles in the work of school psychologists. No identifying information will be collected and data will be analyzed as a group. The survey should take a total of 10 to 15 minutes complete. Please be clear that participation is voluntary, anonymous, and yields no financial benefit for the researchers. 

Please contact Dr. Stevens at tara.stevens@ttu.edu with any questions you have about the study or concerns regarding confidentiality and/or data management.

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Progress Monitoring Practices of Schools

Meghan Silva, CAGS, NCSP is a doctoral candidate at The University of Massachusetts Boston. Ms. Silva is conducting a brief survey of currently practicing school psychologists to identify their experiences involving progress monitoring in multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Progress monitoring practices have been highlighted as a critical component in the success of MTSS. However, it remains unclear to what degree schools use best practices when collecting and analyzing these data. Practicing school psychologists are invited to participate in a research study examining the progress monitoring practices occurring in schools. Responses will be anonymous; by completing the approximately 15-minute survey participants can be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Meghan Silva, CAGS, NCSP via email (Meghan.RaySilva001@umb.edu).

If you wish to participate, please use the following link to the survey.


(accepting responses as of 11/05/17)

Participating in Transition Planning

Devadrita Talapatra, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, and Gabrielle Wilcox, Psy.D., of the University of Calgary are seeking approximately 250 school psychologists to assist with understanding the role of school psychologists in transition services for secondary students with an intellectual disability. This study hopes to explore potential role expansion opportunities for school psychologists, as well as identify areas for improvement in transition services and post-school opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and should take no more than 15-20 minutes. Additionally, study participants have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 10 $30 gift certificates to Amazon.com. 

To participate in the survey, use the following link and survey password (transition).

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