Fong Lau, Karina Ortega, and Jill Sharkey of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School won the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) 2011 Michael Goodman Research Award. The award was presented to them at the 2011 California Association for School Psychologists Convention held in Costa Mesa, CA, April 14-16. The trio won for the paper “Increasing Disability Awareness in a Small Group of High School Students with Specific Learning Disabilities.”
The California Association for School Psychologists presents the Michael Goodman Memorial Research Award annually to an unpublished study that must specifically answer research questions that are new, unique, and not examined previously. The work must focus on a problem or question that clearly relates to the practice of school psychology.
Fong Lau and Karina Ortega are both graduate students in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Jill Sharkey is the Academic Coordinator for the School Psychology Credential. The research was focused on a social skills group conducted by Lau and assisted by Ortega for the second-year fieldwork class as a project that fulfilled one of the signature assignments required to meet credential requirements.
[Fong Lau, Karina Ortega, and Jill Sharkey are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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