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The SASP Student Research Forum in a nutshell

The SASP Student Research Forum at the 121th Annual APA Convention, on Aug. 1, 2013, in Honolulu was designed specifically for school psychology graduate students.

The SASP Student Research Forum (SRF) at the 121th annual APA Convention, on Aug. 1, 2013, in Honolulu was designed specifically for school psychology graduate students. Before we go any further, y ou might be asking yourself, “Wait, what happened to the SASP mini-convention?” or “What is the SASP Student Research Forum?” The answer is – they are the same thing. SASP has been working to improve the “mini-convention” via various refinements, including a name that better conveys the purpose of the event and the addition of a research presentation by a student leader in the area of diversity.

The Student Research Forum consisted of a total of two hours of programming, featuring ac tivities geared toward providing students with relevant resources and opportunities to network with other Div. 16 and SASP leaders and members. The forum featured a keynote address, given by Bonnie Nastasi, PhD, of Tulane University, on “School Psychologists as Advocates for Childs Rights and Social Justice.” This year's keynote topic was selected based on feedback from SASP's 2013 Executive Board, and Nastasi was hand-selected as our speaker based on her extensive experience and expertise on this topic.

The forum also featured a student poster session during which graduate students from around the country displayed their work on topics such as Transitional Patterns of Depressive Symptoms in Youth, Online Social Networking and Achievement, and Black Parents' Perceptions of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and many more. This year's poster session also featured a presentation from the 2013-2014 SASP Advanced Student Diversity Scholarship recipient focused on exploring school racial climate, engagement and academic achievement for African-American high school students.

Additionally, updates on SASP's ongoing activities and a presentation of this year's SASP Diversity Scholarship awards took place.