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. 
 Our names are Adelle K. Sturgell, a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Lehigh University, and Dr. Ethan R. Van Norman, an associate professor of School Psychology at Lehigh University. We are emailing to invite you to participate in a research study of how educators make decisions when working to address common educational problems. We are looking for participants who are either teachers, school psychologists, or school principals or administrators. Additionally, we look for participants who have worked in an elementary school setting during their careers and who have been involved in special education referral/prereferral processes. If you meet these requirements, you qualify to participate in this study. 
The risks of participating in a study are no greater than the risks encountered in day-to-day life, or no greater than the typical risks of using the internet. We hope that the results will help identify practices that can improve educational decision-making when analyzing data or addressing educational problems. All responses are anonymous and personally identifiable information will not be collected. We anticipate that completing the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Your participation is completely voluntary. You may skip items or discontinue the study at any time. If you participate in this study, you will be eligible to receive a $5 Target gift card. Upon completing the survey, you will be forwarded to provide your email in a separate and secure Qualtrics form. Your email will be used to send the gift card and will not be linkable to your responses for the study.  
The study may be accessed at the following link: and can be accessed with the password DataEvaluation2022 
This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Lehigh University (IRB 1854773-1). If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at,, or 610-758-3544. If you have questions about your rights or would simply like to speak with someone other than the research team about the questions or concerns, please contact the IRB at (610) 758-2871 or All reports or correspondence will be kept confidential. 
Thank you for your consideration.  
Adelle K. Sturgell and Ethan R. Van Norman 



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