Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    

Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

2019 Spring Lecture Series

The 2019 Spring Lecture Series is now open for registration! Click here to find more information and register!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

WSASP is proud to endorse the the “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America” authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. For more information and to endorse this individually, please go to the following link.

Research Opportunities

In an effort to assist students, professors, and school psychologists with survey and research efforts, WSASP shares requests with our membership by posting research opportunities on our website. In addition, we include our research opportunities list as a link in the Prior Written Notice, a bi-weekly newsletter that goes out to all of our members. We do not send out specific survey requests via email to our association’s members.  

Researchers, Click here to submit your research study to be listed below.

All information is current as of 1/23/2019.

Qualitative Assessment of Tools and Methods Utilized by Practitioners to Graph and Analyze Data in Educational Settings

The objective of this study is to evaluate the tools and evaluation methods that school psychologists use when tracking student behavior and student progress. Participants in this study will be asked to enter demographic data related to training and use of data analysis tools, along with deidentified graphs that they have created to evaluate student performance. In order to be eligible for this study, you must be practicing as a school psychologist in educational settings and have graduate training in school psychology. This survey is completely anonymous and all responses will be kept confidential. This study should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. For more information, please contact Heather Lewis, doctoral student at the University of Utah.

Click here to take this survey. 


An Empirical Study of Shortages in the Field of School Psychology

You are invited to take a survey to determine a number of variables that impact recruitment and sustainability of our workforce. A secondary purpose is to use the results to make a set of recommendations that might influence the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), state policies/legislation, university training programs, and state associations. And finally, we hope the results will assist school districts as they engage in recruiting and maintaining a sustainable school psychology workforce. For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Deni from Appalachian State University.

Click here to take this survey.  


Knowledge and Familiarity of Selective Mutism

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Matt Carter and Kirsten Williams at Valdosta State University. The purpose of this study is to compare the knowledge bases of multiple professions regarding the assessment and treatment of selective mutism. For more information about the study, please contact Matt Carter at mdcarter@valdosta.edu

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

Gender and Sexual Diversity

Cliff (Yung-Chi) Chen, Ph.D. of Queens College, CUNY, is conducting a research study on school psychologists’ experiences of gender and sexual diversity in their work field. The hope is that the information gathered will help the profession develop strategies to support a diverse group of school psychology professionals who are already contributing to the workforce/field. School psychology program graduates in the United States who identify as LGBTQ (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) or other gender nonconforming identifies, regardless of whether they are currently practicing in the field of school psychology, are invited to participate in this study. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chen at yungchi.chen@qc.cuny.edu or (718) 997-5262.

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


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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Participation 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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