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  • Amanda Sullivan is now an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the School Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota. Marley Watkins has been appointed Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Psychology, at Baylor University. David Wodrich is now a Professor of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies in the University of Arizona’s School Psychology Program.

  • The 2011 book from Hogrefe Publishers, Helping Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Strategies from Developmental and Social Psychology, by Division 16 Fellow, Robert Woody, University of Nebraska at Omaha, includes numerous cases from his days as a practicing school psychologist, as well as information from modern research. The book is intended for parents, educators, administrators, and mental health professionals.

  • Alfred University’s Division of Counseling and School Psychology is pleased to welcome Dr. Callen Fishman as a tenure-track faculty member. Dr. Fishman is a graduate of SUNY Albany. She brings special expertise in clinical supervision, strength-based assessment, and parent involvement to our specialist and doctoral programs in school psychology.

  • The Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families at Alfred University is pleased to announce the funding of its latest grant proposal to the US Department of Education entitled: ‘Preparing Leaders in the Education and Training of the Next Generation of School Psychology Practitioners.’” The proposal was authored by school psychology faculty members Edward Gaughan, Ellen Faherty, Jana Atlas, and Nancy Evangelista, with Gaughan serving as project director. This is a four-year program funded for $1,032,000.

  • The School Psychology faculty at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln are pleased to announce that Susan Swearer has been promoted to Full Professor. Dr. Swearer has been actively involved in bullying prevention and intervention research and policy, including participation in the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in Washington, DC. In addition, Beth Doll is the new Associate Dean for the College of Education and Human Sciences and Merilee McCurdy is the current Program Director.

  • The University of Southern Maine (USM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kristina Andren as Assistant Professor of School Psychology. Dr. Andren was selected after a national search. She earned her M.S. (specialistequivalent) at USM in 2004. She practiced for several years before returning to USM to pursue her Psy.D. which she earned in 2010. Dr. Andren’s research focuses on application of empirically-based research in school settings. She is particularly interested in the integration of multi-tier systems of support for academics and behavior for all students.

  • Ryan Kettler has joined the faculty of the School Psychology Program in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.

  • The school psychology faculty at Northeastern University are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Volpe was awarded with tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

  • San Diego State University’s School Psychology Program has received three new grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Special Education Programs in support of interdisciplinary programs. Each award is for $1.2 million over a four-year period.

  • The Native American Collaborative Project (Carol Robinson-Zañartu, Director) supports students in school psychology and school counseling who are committed to serving Native American youth. The project provides a cohort model, Native American mentors, models, readings, an ongoing specialty seminar, and supervised specialized field placements in two partner school districts with substantial Native American populations. Scholars work with special and regular educators, UDL principles, strength based and resilience-oriented individual and systemic interventions in a high poverty school.

  • Project CI2ELO (Collaborative Interventions to Improve English Learners’ Outcomes) ( & Vera Gutierrez-Clellen) improves our preservice preparation of school psychologists and speech-language pathologists through a cross-disciplinary, cross-cohort model of transdisciplinary education similar to school-based Professional Learning Communities. Trainees develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for cross-cultural transdisciplinary collaboration, improving learning outcomes for ELs, effective prevention and early intervention (RtI) in general education classrooms, and improving learning outcomes for ELs with disabilities. CI2ELO is based at a multilingual elementary school in San Diego City Schools.

  • Transdisciplinary Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorders (TAASD) (Vera Gutierrez-Clellen & Valerie Cook- Morales) prepares preservice speechlanguage pathologists and school psychologists with shared evidencebased expertise in serving diverse children with ASD with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in urban schools and the transdisciplinary skills to better serve these children. Trainees participate in weekly Autism Fieldwork and Seminar in Evidence-Based Practice in a partnership with specialists in San Diego City School’s Resources for Students with Autism.