Research Requests

In support of transferring research into best practices, ASPP is offering a service to both researchers and practitioners. 
For researchers, we invite you to post the information about your project and how school psychologists in PA may be able to assist in your study. In order for us to do this we need to gather information from you. Please submit a description of your study, your IRB approval, and any other supporting documents. We will post your information on the this page as well as our Facebook Page along with any appropriate links. After each quarterly review of applicants, we email our members if your study is approved.
Please review the Research Opportunities policies and procedures before requesting a posting.
To request a posting on the research opportunities page, contact the website committee through the Contact Us page.
 For our members, please make sure to check out the current research opportunities and help support the advancement of our field!

Current Research Requests 

ASPP Members, 
The ASPP Executive Board is pleased to announce three research opportunities for the review period of September – December 2018.  The Research Subcommittee has reviewed these research opportunities and believe they are of considerable merit.  We, therefore, endorse them for our members to individually consider.  What follows is a brief synopsis of each study and how ASPP members can participate. 
Study #1 Project Title: Integration of Mindfulness-Based Intervention in School Psychology 
Please complete this brief and anonymous Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania 
(ASPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved survey. Your responses to this survey 
will help us better understand the everyday experiences of school psychologists and help 
formulate training techniques aimed at enhancing wellbeing and reducing burnout in school 
psychologists. The brief and anonymous survey process should take no longer than 5 minutes. 
You can access the survey by clicking this link:
If the link does not immediately take you to the survey, you can copy and paste it into your 
search engine’s browser. Anonymous survey responses will be pooled and individual results of 
this study will remain confidential. There are no risks to participation in this survey. 
Submission of the completed survey will be interpreted as your informed consent to participate. 
You have the option to not respond to any questions that you choose and may stop participation 
at any time. Please answer each question openly and honestly (not how you think they should be 
answered). Please address any questions to Julissa Marcano at or 
Mary Stone at 
Study #2 Project Title: Specific Learning Disabilities Identification Using Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses 
Dear School Psychologist, 
My name is Kathrin Maki. I am an assistant professor in the School Psychology program at Ball State University and am writing to ask for your participation in a study I am conducting. The study was approved by your state school psychology association executive or research board and Ball State University’s Institutional Review Board. 
The study is examining Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) identification decisions. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to review SLD identification criteria and a vignette describing hypothetical student evaluation data. Please consider spending approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the study. Your participation will be completely anonymous. 
If you choose to complete this study, you can be entered into an equal opportunity drawing for one of ten $20.00 gift cards. 
To learn more about and to access the study, please click on the following link: 
Thank you, 
Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor 
Department of Educational Psychology 
Ball State University 
Study #3 Project Title: Knowledge Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among School-Based Professionals 
Are you a practicing school psychologist, audiologist, or speech-language pathologist? Are you currently 
working in the school setting? Researchers in school psychology programs at Utah State University are 
looking for these school-based professionals to participate in a study on autism spectrum disorder 
knowledge. Participation consists of the completion of an online survey (approximately 15 minutes). 
Participants will be entered in a separate drawing for the chance to win one of two $50 gift 
If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following 
Please feel free to forward the survey to other school psychologists and school-based audiologists or 
speech-language pathologists. We appreciate your help! 
If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen 
McClain Verdoes, PhD at 435-797-6373 or This study has been 
approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #9659) at Utah State University. 
Kandice Benallie (Olson) 
Doctoral Student 
School Psychology 
Utah State University 
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