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Autism Services Thesis: 

Kendra McPherson, a School Psychology graduate student at Utah State University, is conducting her thesis surveying school psychologists regarding services provided in their schools to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The survey is online, and available at the link below.

This study has been approved by the IRB at Utah State University and attached you will find the letter of information and link to the online survey. 


SLD Identification Dissertation:

 If you are a practicing school psychologist, you are eligible to participate in the study! It will only take approximately 20 minutes of your time.  If you are interested in helping us better understand the identification of specific learning disability (SLD), please take a moment to read the description below. If you decide to participate, please click on the link to obtain and sign the consent form. Once you agree to the terms and conditions presented on the consent form, you will be directed to the survey.

This study examines how school psychologists identify SLD. You will be asked to read several vignettes containing information of students referred for evaluations due to significant learning and academic difficulties.  You will be asked to rate your level of confidence in identifying the students as SLD following each vignette. Participation in this study is important to gain an understanding of how psychologists identify SLD in the schools.

 Feel free to contact me at karolina.nicewicz14@stjohns.edu if you have any additional questions.

 Please click here to take the survey!

Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Dissertation:

My name is Nora Gerardi, M.S. and I am a doctoral student in School Psychology at St. John's University. I am conducting my dissertation study which examines the suicide risk assessment and management practices among mental health practitioners. This study is supervised by Dr. Mark Terjesen and the study is approved by the St. John's University IRB.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; alarmingly, among older children and adolescents, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Suicide rates have been increasing for every age group over the past several years, and as such, this study seeks to understand risk assessment and management practices among practicing mental health providers.

This study will identify patterns in risk assessment and management practices and inform training needs at the graduate and continuing education level.

The study will take approximately 30 minutes. Please click here to be directed to the survey<https://stjohns.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6nfTZOe3g1LpLtX>.

Thank you for your time, participation, and assistance with the identification of suicide risk assessment and management patterns.

You may forward any questions to Nora Gerardi at nora.gerardi09@stjohns.edu<mailto:nora.gerardi09@stjohns.edu>.


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