Faculty and students from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School took major roles in six events at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Boston, MA on February 24-28. The 2009 theme was “Take Strides to Make a Difference.” The National Association of School Psychologists represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children. Its annual conference brings together leading researchers and scholars in the field as a way to disseminate the latest findings in the field.
The Gevirtz School’s School Psychology doctoral program, part of its Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, is fully approved by NASP, making it one of only two such lauded programs in California.
UC Santa Barbara participants and topics were:
Dowdy, E., Kamphaus, R.W., Eklund, K., & Miller, D. Universal screening: Who, what, when, where, why, and how. Mini-skills presentation.
Hart, S. R., & Brock, S. E. Treatments and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. Mini-skills workshop.
Jimerson, S. R., & Renshaw, T. L. Collaborating with students to reduce bullying: Promoting positive peer relationships. Mini-skills session.
Jimerson, S.R., Stewart, K., Skokut, M., Cardenas, S. & Malone, H. International Estimates of School Psychologist to Student Ratios. Poster presentation.
Sander, J. B., & Sharkey, J. D. Parents, Teachers, and School Engagement: Predicting high school behavior problems. Paper presentation.
Sharkey, J. D., Sass, L., Norris, E., Chavez-Lopez, L., & Shekhtmeyster, Z. The protective influence of gangs: Can schools and communities compensate? Paper presentation.
[Gevirtz School faculty and graduate students are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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