September 11, 2007
For immediate release
Michael Furlong of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School elected to membership in the Society for the Study of School Psychology
Dr. Michael Furlong of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has been elected to membership in the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP). New members of the society – which is limited to 110 of the most esteemed school psychologist academics in the country – must be nominated by a current member, pass a review by the membership committee, and be elected by the SSSP board. Criteria for membership include scientific contributions to the field and potential to contribute to SSSP activities.
Michael Furlong says, “This is a wonderful honor to be recognized by the school psychology research community and is a reflection the outstanding support provided in the Gevirtz School of Education.”
The purpose of the Society for the Study of School Psychology is to support the development of a body of science and scholarship that provides a foundation for the provision of psychological services in schools and educational settings and to disseminate this knowledge. A major part of this effort is conducted through SSSP’s Journal of School Psychology. SSSP has a unique role among school psychology organizations, a mission that is devoted exclusively to promoting and recognizing scholarship and research. Although the amount of funding will be modest by some measures, SSSP will provide, under current projections, about $40,000 annually to support school psychology research. These monies, coupled with the firm commitments of scholars and practitioners toward validating effective practices and expanding the scope and effectiveness of school psychological services, can become a significant force in the design and implementation of school psychological services in the 21st Century.
Dr. Furlong is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. Furlong has been very active with state and national school psychology organizations, having served as the president of the California Association of School Psychologists. Currently, he is the Editor-elect of the Journal of School Violence and he serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology in the Schools and the California School Psychologist. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
[Michael Furlong is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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