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 two research opportunities for the review period of May – August 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: School-Based Policies Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth

We are interested in understanding how LGBTQ+ students are served by school psychologists across the country.? The purpose of this study is to identify the current knowledge base, implementation practices, and attitudes of practicing school psychologists about LGBTQ+ youth. You will be presented with information relevant to the school psychology practices and asked to respond based on your own professional experiences. Your responses will be kept completely confidential and anonymous.
If you are interested in participating in this research project, please go to:
If you have any questions you may contact the Primary Investigator: Amy Tiberi at  
Study #2: Project
Title: Investigating School Psychologists’ Use of a Confirmation Bias within Special Education Evaluations

The purpose of this study is to investigate the group decision-making processes that occur within Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) meetings. In order to judge these decisions, we need baseline data from experts within school-based evaluations. First providing the study to school psychologists only will provide a baseline to compare MET group decisions. This study is an online survey, and will take approximately 20-45 minutes to complete. Participation includes reading through a hypothetical psychoeducational evaluation and answering questions related to eligibility and decision making.?Those completing the survey can choose to participate in a random drawing providing payment for one year of membership with the National Association of School Psychologists. Three participants will be chosen at random from all participants who complete the study and provide a valid email address.? 
The study is being conducted by Michael L. Woodward and Lisa L. Persinger at Northern Arizona University. This study was approved by the Northern Arizona University IRB Office on May 24th, 2018.?If you have any questions or would like to seek addition information about this study please contact Michael L. Woodward at? 
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