Professor Shane Jimerson from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education delivered the opening keynote address at the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Annual conference on March 28 and a workshop on March 29, 2014. The APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists is among the most prestigious conferences in the country. Professor Jimerson will describe and highlight the importance of psychologists helping children in schools around the globe, and also provide a workshop titled, “Towards Understanding and Addressing Bullying at School: Promoting Positive Peer Relationships.”
With over 300 publications, Dr. Jimerson is also currently the editor of the School Psychology Quarterly (APA) journal, the lead editor of the Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: International Research and Practice 2nd Edition (2012, Routledge), co-editor of Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention 2nd Edition (2012, National Association of School Psychologists), lead editor of the Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective (2009, Routledge), lead editor of The Handbook of International School Psychology (2007, SAGE Publishing), the lead editor of The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention (2007, Springer Science), and co-author of Promoting Positive Peer Relationships: Bullying Prevention Program.
Jimerson--a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara--has received numerous awards for his scholarship, including from the Society for the Study of School Psychology, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Educational Research Association, and the Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His scholarship continues to highlight the importance of early experiences on subsequent development and emphasize the importance of research informing professional practice to promote the social and cognitive competence of children. During his presentation Jimerson highlighted the importance of science informing educational practice, and also advanced understanding of critical issues aimed towards helping students and staff in the school context.