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.

Valentina Libra

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

Anetra Bonner

Student Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test

Jeana Upschulte

The Relationship between Bully-Victimization Experiences and Exceptional Student Populations

Sandra Collie

Prepubescent Children's Sexual Behaviors and its Association with Access to Sexual Information: College Students Recall and Reports from School Officials

Rosa Leyva

The Association between Video Game Violence and Aggressive Behavior in Children and Adolescents: Teacher Ratings of Aggression

Gaby Delfino-Silva

Progress Monitoring Children's Response to Reading Interventions

Danielle Sanders

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

Juliette Montoya

Growth Rates of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills of Native and English Language Learners using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Claudia Arce

Academic Achievement of Sub-Groups of Hispanic Students

Yanexy Vera

English Language Proficiency as a Predictor of Hispanic Adolescents' Academic Aspirations

Detra Bonner

The Impact of Motivation and Learning Strategy Use on Sixth Graders' Reading Achievement

Christina Zafiris

Translation of the Word Reasoning Subtest of the WISC-IV to Greek and Comparison Performance between Greek, Cypriot and American Children

Jenna Morhaim

Interventions Designed to Promote Early Childhood Development

Jasmine Reyner

Children's Perceptions of Parental Involvement

Sandra Riano

Role of Social Support on Teacher's Self-efficacy and Referral Practices

Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick

Academic Support Services and African-American Male High School Student Athletes