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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.  

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) 
and Return-To-Learn Protocols

The purpose of this study is to explore school psychologists' knowledge of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Return-To-Learn Protocols.  It is also seeking to explore to what capacity school psychologists are willing to help serve these students when they return to school.  Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey anticipated to require approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This study is being conducted by Danielle Eftaxas, doctoral student in the Counseling and School Psychology Program at Florida State University.  Danielle is under the supervision of Angel Canto.  Questions can be sent to the research team at: or .

To access this survey, click HERE.

National Survey of Assessment Practices in School Psychology

This survey aims to estimate the frequency with which various assessment techniques and practices are utilized in the contemporary practice of school psychology. There has not been a comprehensive survey of assessment practices in more than a decade, yet there have been numerous legislative (e.g., enactment of IDEA 2004 and ESSA 2015) and structural (e.g., adoption of multi-tiered systems of support) changes in recent years that have undoubtedly influenced assessment practices. Information obtained from this survey will help the profession identify research to practice gaps that may exist. Also, this information will help ensure that trainers and supervisors equip future or current practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to complete assessment-related activities commonly performed in practice.  This survey is intended specifically for school psychologists who currently engage in applied assessment practice (e.g., administering tests to students; interviewing students, parents, or teachers; conducting direct behavioral observations). 

The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.  At the end of the survey, you will have the option to participate in a drawing for 1 of 6 $50 gift certificates.  Drawing participants will need to provide contact information, although personal information will not be associated with survey responses.

This study is being conducted by Randy Floyd, Ph.D. with University of Memphis, Nicholas Benson, Ph.D. with Baylor University, John Kranzler, Ph.D. with University of Florida, and Tanya Eckert, Ph.D. with Syracuse University.  Questions can be sent to the research team at: .

To access the survey, click HERE.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cultural Considerations

The purpose of this study is to explore school psychologists' experiences with school-based autism spectrum disorder assessments with culturally and linguistically diverse students.  Participants must be currently employed as a school psychologist in the United States.  Participants will be asked to complete a survey anticipated to take 20-30 minutes.

This study is being conducted by Maryellen McClainVerdoes, doctoral student at Utah State University. Questions can be sent to the research team at: .

To access this survey, click HERE.

Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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