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 

The ASPP Executive Board is pleased to announce one research opportunity for the review period of January – April 2022. The Research Subcommittee has reviewed this research opportunity and believes it is of considerable merit. We, therefore, endorse it for our members to individually consider. What follows is a brief synopsis of the study and how ASPP members can participate. 
The ASPP Executive Board is pleased to announce three research opportunities for the review period of May – August 2022. The Research Subcommittee has reviewed these research opportunities and believes they are of considerable merit. We, therefore, endorse them for our members to individually consider. What follows is a brief synopsis of these studies and how ASPP members can participate. 
Study #1 
Project Title: SLD Beliefs 
Dear School Psychologist,  
Our names are Courtenay Barrett, Matthew Burns, Daniel Hajovsky, and Kathrin Maki. We are writing to ask for your participation in a study we are conducting. The study was approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) research board and the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board. 
The study is examining school psychologists’ decision-making regarding identification of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). 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 minutes to complete the study. Your participation will be anonymous. 
Each 10th participant will earn a $20.00 gift card. 
To learn more about and access the study, please enter the following link into your web browser: 
Thank you, 

Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D.  
PO Box 117050 
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611  
Courtenay A. Barrett,Ph.D.  
620 Farm Lane, Rm  
440 Michigan State University  
East Lansing, MI 48824 
Daniel Hajovsky, Ph.D. 
712 Harrington 
Texas A&M University  
College Station, TX 77845 
Matthew Burns, Ph.D.  
311J Townsend Hall  
University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65203      
University of Florida Institutional Review Board Protocol# IRB202200381 
Study #2 
Hello, and thank you for your interest in my research! My name is Gillian Conner, and I am a rising senior at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. I am studying Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Psychology, and I plan to attend graduate school to become a school psychologist myself! 

For my Senior Honors thesis project, I am researching burnout among school psychologists, including prevalence, causes, and protective factors. The purpose of this study is to recognize the growing issues faced by school psychologists in the United States today and consider solutions to support the day-to-day mental health of these essential professionals. Through the form of a survey, I hope to hear your story and your advice for other current and future school psychologists to prevent or alleviate burnout, improve job satisfaction, and bring more candidates into the field.  

If you are interested, the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. I will respect the nature and honor of your personal and private responses by keeping my results completely anonymous. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you very much for your time, and if you are comfortable, please pass the survey along to your fellow school psychologists. I hope am hoping to gain as many responses as possible to bring light to the field. 
Study #3 
Project Title: Exploration of the Effects of Secondary Trauma of Crisis Intervention in Schools: How Can We Provide Support? 
The WISE Wellness Lab at the University of Northern Colorado is currently conducting a study to understand the impact of secondary trauma, or compassion fatigue, has on school personnel, including school psychologists. We believe understanding these effects on mental health and burnout will enable us to better support our school psychologists and address workforce shortages throughout the country. Participants who choose to partake in the survey can select the ANONYMOUS link below. Estimated survey completion time will be 10-15 minutes. Participants will be entered to win 1 of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards. Thank you! 



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