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 three research opportunities for the review period of January – April 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: Current Practices and Perceived Treatment Integrity of Behavior Intervention Plans Developed by School Psychologists

Are you a school psychologist practitioner working in a school system (PK-12)? If so, your participation in an online survey about your current practices in developing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) would be greatly appreciated. The purpose of the study is to better understand practitioners’ practices in developing BIPs as well as their confidence in the implementation of BIPs. Participation is voluntary and consists of taking approximately 10-15 minutes to complete an online survey. Participants can choose to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. 

Your participation in this study will be an asset to understanding the steps school psychologists take in developing BIPs and how those practices might relate to the treatment integrity of these plans. 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 investigator, Miranda Cormaci, at or Dr. Adam Weaver at, and we will be happy to assist you. 

Study #2 Project Title: Evaluating Adherence to the International Test Commission Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests

Dear colleague, 
My name is Deborah Duke and I am a graduate student in the school psychology doctoral program at St. John’s University. I am writing to invite you to participate in my dissertation study, which focuses on international assessment practices in psychology. 
The purpose of this study is to develop a new evaluative tool that can be used by psychologists to assess the quality of the adapted tests and scales that they may be using in practice. Participation in this study will involve completing an online survey in which this tool is applied to evaluate a fictionalized measure. Participants will also be asked to complete a demographic and professional background questionnaire. It is anticipated that participation will take approximately 45 minutes. 
I am looking to recruit psychologists and psychology graduate students from all specializations, including school, counseling, and clinical backgrounds, who would be interested in taking part in this study. I would greatly appreciate if you would take the time to participate in this opportunity. Your assistance with this study will be an asset to the improvement of psychological test adaptation practices both locally and abroad. The study will be administered online through the following link

If you would like to participate in the study, please follow the link and complete all of the presented questionnaires, consent forms, and vignette evaluations. Participants will be entered in a lottery to win a $200 Amazon gift card. I am happy to review all aspects of participation with you and answer any questions you may have to assist you in making your decision. If you would like to speak with me, please e-mail Deborah Duke, M.S., at
Thank you very much for your time and consideration!

Deborah Duke, M.S. 
St. John’s University

Study #3 Project Title: An Empirical Study of Shortages in the Field of School Psychology

Researchers at Appalachian State University would appreciate your participation in a study 
that is being conducted to gain a deeper understanding of workforce shortages in school 
psychology around the country. The primary goal is to determine a number of variables that 
impact recruitment and sustainability of our workforce. A secondary purpose is to use the 
results to make a set of recommendations that might influence the National Association of 
School Psychologists (NASP), state policies/legislation, university training programs, and 
state associations. And finally, we hope the results will assist school districts as they engage 
in recruiting and maintaining a sustainable school psychology workforce. This survey has 
been approved by the Appalachian State University's Institutional Review Board. The 
survey can be found at this link. It should take about 30 minutes to complete and 
is completely voluntary. 

We appreciate your participation in this school psychology workforce study. If you have any 
questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Jim Deni at
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