The program will teach you to apply the scientist-practitioner model to school psychology. You will conduct empirical research. This will make you more marketable for employment or doctoral studies, as you'll have the skill to analyze data and assess programs within schools. Your quantitative, empirical study will result in a publishable paper, enabling you to showcase your work.
Our students regularly submit their research studies to national forums, and are frequently asked to present their findings at conferences. We feel that this is such an excellent opportunity for our students that we usually cover travel costs associated with attending the conferences to make a presentation.
Becoming adept at conducting your own research will strengthen your ability to make effective use of others' research. This will enable you to more easily stay up-to-date with the current trends and constant changes in the field long after you graduate.
Directed Research Projects
The following research projects were conducted by students in the Specialist in School Psychology program, under the direction of program faculty.
Father Involvement: Ethnic/race Differences and Their Role in Predicting Resilience Behaviors
Taranda R. Ross
The Why Try Program: A Structured Group Therapy Intervention for Academically Retained Students
Student Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
The Relationship between Bully-Victimization Experiences and Exceptional Student Populations
Prepubescent Children's Sexual Behaviors and its Association with Access to Sexual Information: College Students Recall and Reports from School Officials
The Association between Video Game Violence and Aggressive Behavior in Children and Adolescents: Teacher Ratings of Aggression
Progress Monitoring Children's Response to Reading Interventions
Gender Differences in the Impact of Bullying Intervention on Social Representation of Aggression
Janeann M. Lineman
An Evaluation of a Novel Teasing and Bullying Intervention Program in a Parochial Elementary School
Growth Rates of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills of Native and English Language Learners using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
Academic Achievement of Sub-Groups of Hispanic Students
English Language Proficiency as a Predictor of Hispanic Adolescents' Academic Aspirations
The Impact of Motivation and Learning Strategy Use on Sixth Graders' Reading Achievement
Translation of the Word Reasoning Subtest of the WISC-IV to Greek and Comparison Performance between Greek, Cypriot and American Children
Interventions Designed to Promote Early Childhood Development
Children's Perceptions of Parental Involvement
Role of Social Support on Teacher's Self-efficacy and Referral Practices
Academic Support Services and African-American Male High School Student Athletes