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Fellow MSPA Members, please support our future school psychologists by participating in their research efforts!

MSPA supports graduate student efforts to conduct research related to the profession of school psychology.  To submit a request to post your research study on our website, please complete this pdf-fillable application  and return it to:

The person submitting the request must be a current graduate student in a school psychology program.  The link to the graduate research survey is posted as a free MSPA service to all visitors. 

Living the dream: Building self-determination 
       to improve post-secondary outcomes

The purpose of this survey study is to investigate school psychologists’ knowledge of, training in, and use of evidence-based self-determination interventions for students with disabilities.  

Link to survey: Living the dream

Sponsoring University: University of Denver

Graduate Student: Pete Gladstone

Supervisor: Devadrita Talapatra, Ph.D.

Posted 7/9/19

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

The purpose of this study is to analyze at the tools and evaluation methods that school psychologists use when tracking student behavior and student progress through an online survey. Participation in the IRB reviewed study should only take between 10-15 minutes, and will ask for practitioners to answer questions and upload de-identified graphs.

Link to survey: Tools & Methods to Graph & Analyze Data

Sponsoring University: University of Utah

Graduate Student: Heather Lewis Graduate Supervisor: Dr. Keith Radley

Please email Ms. Lewis or Dr. Radley if you have any questions about this study.

Posted 6/20/19

Current Practices and Perceived Treatment Integrity of Behavior Intervention Plans Developed by School Psychologists

Are you are a school psychologist practitioner working in a school system (PK-12)? If so, your participation in an online survey about your current practices in developing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) would be greatly appreciated. The purpose of the study is to better understand practitioners’ practices in developing BIPs as well as their confidence in the implementation of BIPs. Participation is voluntary and consists of taking approximately 10-15 minutes to complete an online survey. Participants can choose to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Your participation in this study will be an asset to understanding the steps school psychologists take in developing BIPs and how those practices might relate to the treatment integrity of these plans. We also invite you to forward the survey link to other school psychologists you may know! We sincerely appreciate your help.

Link to survey: Cultural Practices & Perceived Treatment Integrity in BIPs

Sponsoring University: University of Nebraska-Omaha

Graduate Student: Miranda Cormaci Graduate Supervisor: Adam Weaver

Please email Ms. Cormaci or Dr. Weaver if you have any questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

Therapeutic Homework Among 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. It is anticipated that participation will take approximately 20 minutes. Upon completion, participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of three books regarding clinical work with youth.

Link to Survey: Therapeutic Homework 

Sponsoring University: St. John's University

Graduate Student: Veronica Milito Graduate Supervisor: Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D.

Please email Ms. Milito or Dr. Terjesen if you have any questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

Training and Professional Activities of School Psychologists

The purpose of this research is to study the training and practice of school psychologists with several student populations. School psychologists currently working for pay are invited to complete a demographics form and provide information regarding their training and practice. The study takes about 20 minutes to complete online. Participants who complete the survey will have the option of entering a drawing for one of twenty $25 gift cards.

To participate in this survey: Training & Professional Activities

Sponsoring University: St. John University

Graduate Student: Ashley Hicks  Graduate Supervisor: Mark Terjesen

Please email Ms. Hicks or Dr. Terjesen if you have questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

The Examination of a new evaluative tool for assessing
         the quality of cross-cultural test adaptations

The purpose of this study is to develop a new evaluative tool that can be used by psychologists to assess the quality of the adapted tests and scales that they may be using in practice. Participation in this study will involve completing an online survey in which this tool is applied to evaluate a fictionalized measure. Participants will also be asked to complete a demographic and professional background questionnaire. It is anticipated that participation will take approximately 45 minutes. Participants will be entered into a lottery for a $200 Amazon gift card.

To participate in the study: Examination of new cross cultural evaluation tool

Sponsoring University: St. John University

Graduate Student: Deborah Duke Graduate Supervisor: Mark Terjesen

Please email Ms. Duke or Dr. Terjesen if you have questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

School Psychologists’ Awareness, Beliefs, and Professional Practices with Transgender Youth

This study aims to a) assess school psychologists’ awareness about the experiences of transgender youth, b) assess school psychologists’ attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs about transgender youth, and c) assess school psychologists’ current practices with transgender youth. Participation in the survey takes approximately 10 minutes.

Sponsoring University: University of Arizona

Graduate Student: Michele Stathatos Graduate Supervisor: Michael Sulkowski

Please email Ms. Stathotos and Dr. Sulkowski if you have questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

Professionals' perspectives of effective interventions for victims of bullying

The study aims to gather information from mental health professionals to assess their perceptions on bullying interventions. The study will evaluate what trained mental health professionals perceive to be effective and ineffective interventions used to help youth victims of bullying. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Participants will complete a survey that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

To participate in this survey: Perspective on bullying interventions

Sponsoring University: Adler University

Graduate Student: Rebecca Parry, M.A Graduate Supervisor: Dr. Josefina Alvarez

Please email Ms. Parry and Dr. Alvarez if you have questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

Functional Behavior Assessment for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

This survey research is being conducted to gather information about school-based functional behavior assessment (FBA) practices used for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). The study aims to (a) assess the commonality of FBA referrals for students with EBD, (b) identify typical FBA methods used for students with EBD, (c) determine whether evaluators approach FBA differently for students with and without EBD, and (d) gather perspectives on the usefulness of and barriers to conducting FBAs for students with EBD.

It is estimated that the survey will take 15 minutes to complete, but individual completion times may vary.

Link to survey: FBA/EBD study

Sponsoring University: University of Southern Maine

Graduate Student: Jacqueline Lyman  Graduate Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Pratt

Please email Ms. Lyman and Dr. Pratt if you have questions about the study.

Posted 6/20/19

Sponsoring University: University of Southern Maine

Graduate Student: Jacqueline Lyman  Graduate Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Pratt

Please email Ms. Lyman and Dr. Pratt if you have questions about the study.

ASD Knowledge of School-Based Professionals

This study aims to learn more about school psychologists' and school-based audiologists' and speech-language pathologists' knowledge of ASD and confidence in providing school-based services with this population. Researchers are looking for these school-based professionals to participate in a study on autism spectrum disorder. Participation includes completing an online survey (15 minutes). Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $50 amazon gift cards.

To participate: ASD Study Link.

Sponsoring University: Utah State University

Graduate Student: Kandice Benallie Graduate Supervisor: Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Please email Ms. Benallie and Dr. McClain Verdoes if you have questions about the study.

An Empirical Study of Shortages in the Field of School Psychology

The researchers are conducting a study to get a deeper understanding of workforce shortages in school psychology around the country. The primary goal is 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) and state policies/legislation.

To participate: Shortages Study Link

Sponsoring University: Appalachian State University

Graduate Student: Haley Black Graduate Supervisor: Dr. Jim Deni

Please email Ms. Black and Dr. Deni if you have questions about the study.

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