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School Psychology Hosts Reunion at NASP [04/18/2017]


Reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates

A reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates was a highlight of the 2017 conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in San Antonio this spring. In addition, Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students gave numerous presentations at the national conference.

The SOE’s Department of Educational Psychology hosted the reunion and celebration to mark the School Psychology program’s 20th anniversary. The program, which offers a three-year Education Specialist degree (EDS) and a specialization on the Educational Psychology Ph.D. track, became fully approved by NASP in 2008. For at least the past ten years, the EDS program has boasted a 100% pass rate on the national school psychology exam.

The program, which now typically has about 20 students in the EDS program and a few on the Ph.D. track, has 90 graduates in its history. About 25 of them attended the reunion at the conference. Along with current students and faculty, the crowd was well over 50 attendees.

Also at the conference, through the support of the Department of Educational Psychology and the Baylor Academy for Teaching and Learning, three SOE school psychology faculty — Dr. Alexander Beaujean, Dr. Tamara Hodges, and Dr. Julie Hatz — became certified trainers in NASP’s PREPaRE model for school-based crisis intervention.

Presentations given by faculty and students were:

Tyler Vassar and Irieri Herndon

Assisting Disadvantaged Students in Reaching Postsecondary Education
Faculty presenter: Tamara Hodges
EDS student presenters: Irieri Herndon, Tyler Vassar

Evidence-Based Interventions for School Psychologists
Faculty presenters: A. Alexander Beaujean, Kristen Padilla-Mainor
EDS student presenters: Laura Phipps, Allison Gutierrez, Genevieve Williams

Multicultural Sensitivity: Making the Most of Study Abroad
Faculty presenter: Tamara Hodges
EDS student presenters: Kaytlyn McBride, Genevieve Williams, Caitlin Buchanan

Modeling Appropriate Conduct: Integrating Positive Behavior into Adolescent Social Skills Groups
Faculty presenter: Eric L. Robinson
EDS student presenters: Rachel Ward, Emily Ward, Dan Woodward

Caitlin Buchanan, Stacey Grebe, and Rebecca J. Tipton

Faculty presenter: Eric L. Robinson
EDS student presenters: Stacey Grebe, Caitlin Buchanan
Doctoral candidate presenter: Rebecca J. Tipton

The Puzzle in Our Hands: Autism and Sign Language
Faculty presenter: Julie Hatz
EDS student presenter: Allison Gutierrez

Comparing Cognitive Models and Scoring Methods in Predicting Academic Achievement
Faculty presenter: Nicholas Benson
Co-presenters: John H. Kranzler (University of Florida), Randy G. Floyd (University of Memphis)

How Do I Make Friends? A Social Curriculum for Autism
Faculty presenter: Julie Hatz
EDS student presenters: Caitlin Buchanan, Kaytlyn McBride

Reexamining Carroll: A Modern Reanalysis of His Data
Faculty presenters: A. Alexander Beaujean, Nicholas Benson
EDS student presenter: Ashley Donohue

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