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 research opportunities for the review period of May - August 2019. 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: Interrater Reliability of Curriculum-Based Measures in Reading (R-CBM) for English Learners 

My name is Ashley Marinez and I am a student within the School Psychology program at The Pennsylvania State University. I am contacting you today in hopes of getting your help with my dissertation. For my research, I am looking at the utility of Reading Curriculum-based Measures (R-CBMs) when used with native Spanish speakers. More specifically, the current study will aim to examine interrater reliability (IRR) of Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) R-CBM passages when used with a EL students. 
As part of my research, I need school psychologists and school psychology students to score a total of 8 ORF passages (i.e., 4 during Time 1 and 4 during Time 2). Each passage will be only 1 minute long and scoring can be done from the comfort of your home. All scores will be submitted electronically through an online survey. In addition, raters will be asked to complete a brief demographic survey to understand their educational background and experience regarding EL students. 
*If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below and provide your contact information so that the researcher can email you study materials directly. If you know of any other practitioners, faculty members, or school psychology students who would be interested in participating, please feel free to forward my email and the Qualtrics link below as you see fit.  
Qualtrics Link for Interested Raters:
If have any questions regarding my research project, feel free to contact me directly. Thank you for your time! 
Ashley Marinez 
School Psychology, Doctoral Candidate 
The Pennsylvania State University 

Study #2 Project Title: School Psychologists' Interactions and Roles with Functional Behavioral Assessment 

Are you a school psychologist practitioner working in a school system (PK-12)? If so, your participation in an online survey about your responsibilities and procedures for  conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) would be greatly appreciated. The purpose of this study is to examine and gather data regarding the responsibilities and procedures of school psychologists when conducting (FBAs). It is our hope that the resulting data will help improve the breadth and depth of knowledge regarding the roles of school psychologists, lead to a consensus about FBA  practices, and proactively address shortcomings of graduate level training regarding school psychologists and FBAs. Participation is voluntary and consists of taking approximately 10-15 minutes to complete an online survey.  
Your participation in this study will be an asset to understanding the roles school psychologists undertake in developing FBAs. If you are willing to participate in this study, please follow the link to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principal investigators, Brad Shrum, at or Ephraim Yoder, and we will be happy to assist you. 

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