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Participating in student research allows us to support upcoming school psychologists and improve our field of study.  Recent research studies have been posted and the students need our help. If you have some additional time, we would love for you to participate in their research studies. You can find research information and links below:

Date Posted: 9/6/21

You are being asked to participate in a research study because you conduct psychoeducational assessments with children. The purpose of this research study is to determine the best ways of conducting assessment feedback sessions with parents, teams, and children. There is very little research in this area and many never receive training on how to do it. This study will collect strategies, techniques, and tips from practicing school psychologists with the intent of creating a set of recommendations for effective feedback sessions. Additionally, the collected information will be used to develop more explicit instruction in graduate-level courses in assessment, textbooks, and continuing education workshops.

If you agree to be part of the research study, you will be asked to complete a survey, which is estimated to take approximately 5-10 minutes. This research study is anonymous. No one, including the researcher, will be able to associate your responses with your identity. Your participation is voluntary. You may choose not to participate, to stop responding at any time, or to skip questions that you do not want to answer. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. Your participation serves as your voluntary agreement to participate in this research project and your certification that you are 18 years or older.

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research please contact the Principal Investigator, Stephanie Corcoran, at 205-934-6477. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or concerns or complaints about the research, you may contact the UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) at (205) 934-3789 or toll free at 1-855-860-3789. Regular hours for the OIRB are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

Date Posted: 7/15/21

Hello Fellow School Psychologists,

My name is Hannah Luken and I am a school psychology doctoral student from the University of Southern Maine. For my dissertation, I have chosen to investigate school psychologists’ practices regarding record reviews. The purpose of this study is to determine what types of information school psychologists gather during a record review, the purpose of the information gathered, and common reasoning processes and styles used to conduct the record review.

If you decide to participate, you will take a survey that asks about the records reviewed for psychoeducational evaluations, why those records are selected, when the record review is conducted, how much time is spent on this process, and what reasoning processes are used to conduct record reviews. This survey is expected to take 10 minutes (or less) of your time to complete, and is designed to be anonymous--no identifying information will be collected about you or the specific school that employs you. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Southern Maine (Protocol #21-05-1695).

I hope you will consider participating, because the results of this study will allow school psychologists to better understand record review practices and associated reasoning processes.

Before deciding to participate, please read the informed consent at the beginning of the survey and print if desired.

If you decide you would like to participate, the survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://usouthmaine.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_09bTL0I9mndae0K

The results of the survey will be analyzed in October 2021. As a thank you for your participation, there will be a link at the end of the survey to enter a raffle for one of four $20 Amazon gift cards.

Please feel free to contact me at hannah.luken@maine.edu if you have any questions. 


Date Posted: 5/14/21

We are conducting an IRB-approved survey study to better understand the range of assessment techniques school psychologists utilize during psychological/psychoeducational evaluations. This study will be completed online, and should you wish to participate, will be asked to respond to a variety of questions related to your use of specific assessment techniques. Additionally, we will recruit demographic information related to your years of practice, training, and professional certification and/or licensure. The study in full will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All data collected will be anonymous, and reported in group format. Your responses will not be individually identifiable and identifying information will not be collected.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Laura Spenceley at laura.spenceley@oswego.edu, or Dr. Benjamin Lovett at bl2799@tc.columbia.edu. For more information about the study, please visit: https://forms.gle/hzrFnQDXhD27FFkR6

Date Posted: 4/4/21

Dear Colleague, 

We are inviting you to participate in our research study examining school psychologists’ practices and decision making as they relate to the assessment of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Project Title: Survey of School Psychologists’ Practices and Decision-Making Related to Emotional Disturbance Identification 

Study Rationale: We believe this research is important for a variety of reasons. Previous research has established that Emotional Disturbance (ED) assessment practices remain variable among school psychologists. These differences, among other factors, make ED eligibility determination particularly complex for school psychologists and multidisciplinary teams. Moreover, despite increased attention, disproportionate identification practices persist and specific groups of students continue to be overrepresented in this IDEA category. It is imperative to understand school psychologist ED assessment practices and decision making.  With a better understanding, training programs and professional development endeavors can highlight areas of assessment and decision making strength and focus on the development of the skills needed to ensure school psychologists are engaging in practices that are equitable, supported by the field, research based, and legally defensible. 

Research Aim: The primary aim of this research is to re-examine school psychologists’ reported practices, in addition to the factors that inform their decision-making, as they pertain to the special education category, Emotional Disturbance.  In addition to assessing school psychologist assessment practices, survey respondents will answer questions intended to shed light on how they operationalize many of the seemingly nebulous constructs that comprise the federal criteria, guidelines, and qualifying indicators for classifying students under the ED category. 

What is asked of you? If you choose to participate, you will complete a survey that includes questions related to your assessment of students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs and respective decision-making practices. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. The survey is confidential. Your individual answers will not be linked to your name in any report of the data. Please contact Dr. Timothy Hanchon at The Citadel with any questions or comments using the contact information provided below. Thank you for your consideration.  

If you would like to participate, please follow this link: 

ED Practices Survey 

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EDPracticesSurvey 

Date Posted: 1/22/21

Dear School Psychologist,

Our names are Kathrin Maki and John Kranzler. We are faculty in the School Psychology program at the University of Florida and are writing to ask for your participation in a study we are conducting. The study was approved by your state school psychology association executive or research board and the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board. Your state school

psychology executive or research board is facilitating recruitment but is not engaged in nor sponsoring this research.


The study is examining ethical dilemmas experienced by school psychologists. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to identify the frequency with which you have witnessed various ethical dilemmas in the past year along with report on additional questions related to training and preparedness. Please consider spending approximately 20 minutes to complete the study. Your participation will be anonymous. Each 20th participant will earn a $20.00 gift card.

To learn more about and to access the study, please enter the following link into your web browser:

https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ctKI1zI8UTjnaOp

Thank you,

Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

University of Florida

kathrin.maki@coe.ufl.edu

John H. Kranzler, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611

jkranzler@coe.ufl.edu

University of Florida Institutional Review Board Protocol #IRB202002822

Date Posted: 12/31/20

Social justice issues have become a major point of concern for school professionals today, but it’s not always easy to address these issues. My research team and I are conducting a study on the barriers school psychologists face when advocating for social justice issues within both their communities and schools. The main purpose of our study is to learn about why school psychologists say, “I want to help, but...” so we can respond to current practitioner and student needs and change this to, “I want to help AND...”. We hypothesize that school psychologists practicing in a rural area will report facing vastly different barriers than those practicing in an urban area. We are very excited to learn about the experiences of school psychologists today.  

Participating in this research study would provide school psychologists with an opportunity to self-reflect on what may be preventing them from addressing, or fully addressing, important social justice issues within their communities and schools. Potential learning opportunities will be highlighted throughout the survey that participants of this study will take, especially those related to intersectionality and multiple marginalized identities.  

If you are able, we would greatly appreciate it if you distributed (via email or social media) our survey to your organization’s members. The following is a link to anonymously complete our survey:  

https://unk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8vmGncVmxf30gFT 

(University of Nebraska at Kearney IRB approval number 102120-1) 

Our survey is fifteen questions long and takes approximately ten minutes to complete. Participants will be asked questions about themselves and their role as an advocate. At the end of the survey, there will be an opportunity for participants to provide their email address for a chance to win a $20.00 Visa Gift card. A total of fourteen individuals will receive a gift card. If possible, please let us know how many school psychologists you were able to distribute our survey link to.  

Thank you so much for your time and assistance. Please let us know if you have any questions at all.  

Sincerely, 


Ashlyn Hahne

School Psychology Graduate Student 

University of Nebraska Kearney 

miyamaa@lopers.unk.edu

702-283-9765

Faculty Mentor: 

Em Meyer

meyerem@unk.edu

308-865-8132

Date Posted: 12/31/20

Researchers at The College of Saint Rose, in collaboration with St. John’s University, would appreciate your participation in an IRB-approved (#4139) study on the use of standardized tests in schools. This survey will only take 5 minutes to complete. 

The primary researcher is Dr. Andrew Shanock. Research team members include Drs. Dawn P. Flanagan, Vincent C. Alfonso, and Monica McHale-Small. There are no reasonably foreseeable risks involved in this study.

 To access the survey and informed consent form, please click on the link below:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/5979085/Sharing-tests

 If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Andrew Shanock at shanocka@strose.edu.

 Thank you for your participation!

Sincerely,

Miriam Motechin

Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology

St. John’s University


Date Posted: 11/6/20

We are faculty in the School Psychology program at the University of Florida and are writing to ask for your participation in a study we are conducting. The study was approved by your state school psychology association executive or research board and the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board.

The study is examining school psychologists’ decision-making regarding identification of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). If you choose to participate, you will be asked to review SLD identification criteria and a vignette describing hypothetical student evaluation data. Please consider spending approximately 20 minutes to complete the study. Your participation will be anonymous.

Each 10th participant will earn a $20.00 gift card.

To learn more about and to access the study, please enter the following link into your web browser:

https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03woaYtpYAWVIm9

Thank you,

Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

University of Florida

kathrin.maki@coe.ufl.edu


John H. Kranzler, Ph.D. 

Professor

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611

jkranzler@coe.ufl.edu


University of Florida Institutional Review Board Protocol #IRB201902727

Date Posted: 8/26/20

You are invited to participate in a dissertation research study surveying school psychologist in the United States.  The purpose of this research is to determine possible predictors of evaluation report readability. This survey is only for school psychologists who have completed psychological assessments as part of their job responsibility within the past year. 

If you are interested in participating in this survey, please click this link: 

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_880hwwkaTohSNcp

The survey will remain open for 2 weeks from today. The survey should only take 10 minutes to complete.  Your participation is voluntary and you may choose to withdraw at any point without penalty. Your answers will remain anonymous. 

I truly appreciate your contribution, both to my dissertation and to the field of school psychology. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at dz247@gsapp.rutgers.edu


Date Posted: 6/26/20

My name is Rebecca Simoni, and I am a doctoral candidate in the School-Community Psychology program at Hofstra University. I am in the process of completing a dissertation project under the supervision of Dr. Kimberly Gilbert, concerning the consistency between research and practice of interventions with students with an autism spectrum disorder. 

Participation in this survey is voluntary, and you are permitted to withdraw at any time. As participants in this research project, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks to participating in this study. Your responses are confidential and will not be identified with any personal information. This research will help to bridge the gap between research and practice in schools, specifically for students with autism. This is especially critical because students with autism are continually being mainstreamed into the public school system. 

As compensation for participation in this project, all participants have the opportunity to provide their email address to enter a raffle to win a $200 Starbucks gift card. Email addresses will not be associated with survey data and will only be used to contact the raffle winner, once all data has been compiled. 

If you have any questions or concerns, the researchers can be contacted as follows: 


Rebecca Simoni, M.S., M.S.

516-509-5907

rsimoni1@pride.hofstra.edu OR rsimoni1@villanova.edu
 

Dr. Kimberly Gilbert, Ph.D.

516-463-6258

Kimberly.A.Gilbert@hofstra.edu

Date Posted: 6/12/20

You are invited to participate in this study to examine school psychology leadership and organizational supports in practice. 

Participation in this study is voluntary. The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your responses remain confidential and anonymous. Please do not include your name or identifying information. There are no known risks for completing this survey nor compensation for completing the survey. 

This study has been approved by the Institution Review Board at Chapman University (Study ID: IRB-20-190)

Please click the link to access the survey, or enter the link provided below into your browser to complete the study:

https://chapmanu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iQUQdRH89OJWZv

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jodi LaChance at lacha103@mail.chapman.edu  

Your responses to the attached survey will provide important information in understanding current school psychology leadership and organizational supports in practice.

Thank-you in advance for completing this survey!

Date Posted: 5/17/20

You are invited to participate in a survey about school psychologists’ beliefs and experiences with using exposure-based interventions. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information about the most effective ways to help youth struggling with anxiety. The information you provide can help school psychologists and graduate program educators better understand the obstacles encountered when providing mental health interventions to vulnerable youth in schools. Participants must be currently employed as a school psychologist in a public or private school district in the United States.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Rutgers University (Study ID: Pro2020000779). Participation is voluntary and the survey is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. There is no foreseeable risk to participants, and you may opt out at any time.

As a gesture of appreciation for your time to complete this survey, you may enter your email address to be entered into a drawing for one of two $100 electronic Amazon gift cards.

If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following link: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOPYer5qENq8ptX

Your responses will be submitted to a confidential, encrypted online database, and your email address will not in any way be associated with your responses or any of the findings. All information received will be incorporated into group data. If possible, please submit your responses within the next 7 days.

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Sheva Weiss, at 908-374-9195 or at sc1716@gsapp.rutgers.edu.

We believe that your participation in this study about treatment of anxiety is especially meaningful amidst the current climate of global anxiety.


Date Posted: 5/16/20

You are invited to participate in a survey about school psychologists’ experiences using the ADOS-2 with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information to school psychologists and graduate educators with modifications or adaptations with the ADOS-2 for diverse students as well as learn more about the professional development and training needs surrounding culturally responsive school-based autism assessments for practitioners. Participants must be currently employed as a school psychologist in a public school district in the United States.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #10834) at Utah State University. Participation is voluntary and is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes to complete. Participation can lead to a drawing of 1 of 2 $50 gift cards. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. There is no foreseeable risk to participants and you may opt out at any time.

If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following link: https://redcap.cehs.usu.edu/surveys/?s=9P8P4FKK8N

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD at 435-797-6373 or maryellen.mcclainverdoes@usu.edu.

Date Posted: 4/16/20

You are invited to participate in a survey about the IDEA identification decisions school psychologists make and their contributing factors. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information to school-based practitioners, researchers, trainers, and policy makers in better understanding the decision-making patterns and contributing factors to IDEA disability category identification. Participants must be currently practicing as a school psychologist in a school setting in the United States.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #10833) at Utah State University. Participation is voluntary and is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes or less to complete. 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 a $100 gift card to Amazon.com

If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following link: https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eSc882cxDWcvM5D

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD at 435-797-6373 or maryellen.mcclainverdoes@usu.edu

Date Posted: 4/16/2020

You are invited to participate in a collaborative research study between school psychology researchers in the state of New York. The primary researchers include Dr. Elizabeth M. Power (The College of Saint Rose), Mr. Gary Schaffer (Niagara University), Dr. Amy Fisk (SUNY Geneseo) and their research team.

We are looking to gain information from those who were trained in school psychology, who work in traditional (e.g., public schools) and nontraditional (e.g., state and community agencies, hospitals, private practice) settings across the country to better understand the roles and responsibilities and choices to work in respective settings. Our primary goal is to explore the roles and responsibilities of applied school psychologists in alternative practice settings and why practitioners of school psychology chose these settings over the public schools. A secondary goal is to understand whether the everyday duties of nontraditional school psychologists are aligned with the roles and responsibilities currently purported by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Practice Model compared to school psychologists in traditional public school settings. 

We believe that this data will yield implications for school psychologist graduate training programs in guiding students to careers that align with their experience and interests. We hope to gain your expertise as school psychologists who work across various states. There are no reasonably foreseeable risks involved in this study. Please click on the link below to take our survey.

Click here for link to survey.

If you have questions about this research study, you may contact Dr. Elizabeth Power,powere@mail.strose.edu, Mr. Gary Schaffer, geschaffer@gmail.com, or Dr. Amy Fisk, afisk@geneseo.edu.

Date Posted: 3/19/2020

Hello! 

We’re inviting you to participate in a research study on science communication. We’re hoping to better understand how to share evidence-based information. Specifically, we want to know how school psychologists think and feel about using social media to share research and practice-related information.

Participation is completely voluntary, and if you agree to participate you can always change your mind and withdraw. We do not believe there are any negative consequences and participation should only take 5 to 10 minutes. Your responses will be stored on secured servers and we are not collecting identifying information. 

The survey is available at https://okstatecoe.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOE0kbOh4WXpXUN.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Christina Pynn (cpynn@okstate.edu) or Ryan Farmer (r.farmer@okstate.edu) at Oklahoma State University.”

Request still active as of 3/19/2020

My name is Veronica Milito and I am a doctoral candidate in the school psychology doctoral program at St. John’s University. I am writing to ask your assistance from members of your organization to participate in my research study, which focuses on the role of homework in clinical work with youth.

The purpose of this study is to gain a greater understanding of the role of homework in clinical work with youth, clinicians’ attitudes and practices as it relates to homework, what variables may predict homework use, as well as what types of homework they would assign to a hypothetical case.

Participation in this study will involve completing an online survey in which you would read a short vignette about a clinical problem and complete a brief questionnaire.

Participants will also be asked to complete a demographic and professional background questionnaire. It is anticipated that participation will take approximately 20 minutes.

Thank you so much for your time.

Request still active as of 3/19/2020

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Pete Gladstone, and I am a doctoral student of school psychology at the University of Denver. I am conducting a survey study that investigates school psychologists’ knowledge of, training in, and use o evidence-based self-determination interventions for students with disabilities.

This survey is only meant to be completed by school psychologists who are currently practicing at least two (2) days per week in middle and/or high schools. If you are a school psychologist currently practicing in middle/high schools, I would sincerely appreciate your participation in this survey https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Pfc0ufJesCnwFv. For the first 120 participants, a $1 donation will be made to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in your honor. Your response is extremely valuable, as it will help to guide the way that school psychologists are prepared to help students with disabilities achieve their postsecondary goals.

The survey is voluntary and confidential, and should take approximately six (6) minutes. The research conducted in this study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Denver (DU). There are no foreseeable significant risks to participating in this study.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher, Pete Gladstone, at peter.gladstone@du.edu. Or, you may contact the dissertation chair, Devadrita Talapatra, Ph.D., at devadrita.talapatra@du.edu. If you have any questions about the IRB process at DU, please contact Ms. Mary Travis at mary.travis@du.edu.

Thank you for your time and dedication to school psychology!

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