Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

Support Graduate Student Research Programs

Participate and Pay it Forward!

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. 

Survey about school psychologists’ beliefs and experiences
              with using exposure-based interventions

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.

Link to survey: Beliefs/Experiences using exposure-based interventions

Sponsoring University: Rutgers University

Graduate Student: Sheva Weiss

Supervisor:Dr. Elisa Shernoff

Posted 6/9/20

School Psychologists' Experiences using the ADOS-2

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.

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD.

Link to survey: School Psychologists' Experiences using the ADOS-2

Sponsoring University: Utah State University

Graduate Student: Megan Golson

Supervisor: Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD

Posted 6/9/20

Survey of School Psychologist's Role in School Crisis

The current study seeks to replicate the investigation of the role of the school psychologists in crisis intervention and prevention conducted by Nickerson and Zhe (2004). The purpose of this study is to gain insight into changes that have occurred surrounding the school psychologists role amongst crisis intervention, prevention, recovery strategies and their perceived effectiveness of those strategies that are us.

Link to survey: School Psychologist role in crisis

Sponsoring University: University of Colorado Denver

Graduate Student: Caitlin Villa

Supervisor: Franci Crepeau-Hobson, Ph.D.

Posted 5/9/20

School Psychologists and Autism: Current Understanding and 
          Opportunities for Improving Assessment Practices

The purpose of this study is to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship among variables associated with school psychologists' knowledge and stigma of ASD. As part of this research, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete. In appreciation for your participation, you will be offered a chance to enter a raffle to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Link to survey: School Psychologists and Autism

Sponsoring University: Hofstra University

Graduate Student: Rachel Gottlieb

Supervisor: Dr. Kimberly Gilbert

Posted 3/10/20

A survey on school psychologists’ compliance with fairness 
          standards when evaluating English Learners

I am attempting to determine specifically what practices are being employed and to evaluate to what extent such practices are consistent with existing standards of fairness when conducting assessments with English learners. Participants can win 1 of 4 available $100 Amazon gift cards. Est time aprox 20 min

Link to survey: Compliance with fairness standards - ELL

Sponsoring University: St. John's University

Graduate Student: Noelle Ferrara

Supervisor: Dr.Samuel Ortiz

Posted 3/10/20

Raising Our SCORE: Reducing Errors on Cognitive Assessments

Recent literature (Loe et al., 2007; Cormier et al., 2018; McDermott et al., 2013) states that practicing school psychologists make at least one error every time they give a cognitive assessment. The purpose of this research is to ascertain solutions, strategies, and tips to lessen examiner errors in the field. This survey has received IRB approval and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participation is entirely voluntary and all answers will remain anonymous.

Link to survey: Raising Our SCORE

Sponsoring University: Appalachian State University

Graduate Student:Faith Dearman

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Deni

Posted 3/9/20

A Survey of the Assessment Practices of School Psychologists

I am conducting a survey that investigates the assessment practices used by school psychologists in their work with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Your response will help shed light on the variables that facilitate and impede assessment with students with IDD. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

Link to survey: A Survey of the Assessment Practices of School Psychologists

Sponsoring University: University of Denver

Graduate Student:Laurel Snider

Supervisor: Devadrita Talapatra, PhD

Posted 3/9/20

The Acceptability Among School Psychologists of Social Media 
                as a Medium to Communicate and Obtain 
           Research-Based and Practice-Related Information

We believe that enhancing science communication among our field will increase the use of providing students, schools, and families with evidence-based practices. We know that relevant research may take years to be adopted into practice. Social media may be a useful platform to enhance these connections. The purpose of this study is to establish a baseline knowledge and explore school psychologists beliefs, attitudes, and current practices in regard to the use of social media for communicating and obtaining evidence-based research for practice. This information will help us better understand if social media is an effective medium  to increase science communication in our field.

Link to survey: Acceptability Among Sch Psych of Social Media

Sponsoring University: Oklahoma State University

Graduate Student: Christina Pynn

Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Farmer

Posted 3/8/20

An Investigation of IDEA Classification Decisions

You are invited to participate in a survey about the IDEA identification decisions school psychologists make and their contributing factors. This survey is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes or less to complete. Participants who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to

Link to survey: Investigation of IDEA Classification Decisions

Sponsoring University: Utah State University

Graduate Student: Cassity Haverkamp Graduate Supervisor: Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Please email Ms. Haverkamp or Dr. Verdoes if you have any questions about this study.

Posted 3/8/20

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