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From time to time LSPA is asked to pass along surveys to its members. We have created this space to provide an opportunity for our members to participate.

Your time and perspective is very appreciated!

Submission Requests
Email the webmaster with information presented in a similar format to the posted research requests. LSPA supports research in the field of school psychology and in an effort to contribute and facilitate growth in our field, we post appropriate research and a monthly email directing members to these opportunities at no cost to the researcher.

Research Projects Looking for Participants

Specific learning Disabilities (SLD) Identification Decisions 

(Collecting Data 2/6/2019-4/16/2019)

Dear School Psychologists,

My name is Kathrin Maki. I am an assistant professor in the School Psychology program at Ball State University and am writing to ask for your participation in a study I am conducting. The study was approved by the LSPA EC and Ball State University’s Institutional Review Board.

The study is examining Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) identification decisions. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to review SLD identification criteria and a vignette describing hypothetical student evaluation data. Please consider spending approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the study. Your participation will be completely anonymous.

If you choose to complete this study, you can be entered into an equal opportunity drawing for one of ten $20.00 gift cards.  To learn more about and to access the study, Take Survey

Thank you,

Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Educational Psychology

Ball State University


(Collecting Data 10/24/2018-   )

The link to take the survey will lead you to a brief (15-30 minutes) survey regarding the perceptions of school psychologists at the doctoral or specialist level about professional and ethical violations and the probability of harm of social media posts.

Please consider taking a moment to respond. We would also appreciate if the survey could be forwarded to all known school psychologists.  IRB Approval has been given from the Arkansas State University.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration in our research. 

With much appreciation,

Meghan Vandergriff, School Psychology Practicum Student, Class of 2020, School Psychology Program, Arkansas State University

Whitney Foster, School Psychology Practicum Student, Class of 2020, School Psychology Program, Arkansas State University


(Collecting Data 8/23/2018-   )

Dear Colleagues,

You are being asked to participate in a research study entitled “Professionals’ Knowledge and Familiarity Regarding Selective Mutism,” which is being conducted by Kirsten Williams as part of her master’s level thesis which is being directed by Matt Carter, a faculty member at Valdosta State University. The purpose of this study is to compare the knowledge bases of multiple professions regarding the assessment and treatment of selective mutism. This research study is anonymous. No one, including the researcher, will be able to associate your responses with your identity. Your participation is voluntary. You may choose not to participate, to stop responding at any time, or to skip questions that you do not want to answer. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. Your participation serves as your voluntary agreement to participate in this research project and your certification that you are 18 or older.

Questions regarding the purpose or procedures of the research should be directed to Matt Carter. This study has been exempted from Institutional Review Board (IRB) review in accordance with Federal regulations. The IRB, a university committee established by Federal law, is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. If you have concerns or questions about your rights as a research participant, you may email the IRB Administrator or call (229) 259-5045. 

Take Survey

Best Regards,

Kirsten Williams, B.S.Ed.


(Collecting Data 8/1/2018-   )

Dear Colleague:

You are invited to participate in a survey about school psychologists’ perceptions of and experiences with engaging in coordinated care to serve students with ASD. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information to school psychologists, graduate educators, and policy makers in better understanding the benefits as well as barriers and facilitators to coordinated care between schools and outside providers. Participants must be currently employed as a school psychologist in a public or private school district in the United States.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #9425) at Utah State University. Participation is voluntary and is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. There is no foreseeable risk to participants and you may opt out at any time. Participants who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Amazon

If you are interested in participating in the current study, please Take Survey 

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD via email or call (435) 797-6373. 

Please feel free to forward the survey to your friends and colleagues. We appreciate your help!


Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD, NCSP

Jeffrey Shahidullah, PhD, NCSP

Cassity Haverkamp, MEd

Evaluating Single Case Data

Dear colleagues,

Dr. Evan Dart and I are conducting a study on decisions that researchers and practitioners make when evaluating single case data. In both research and applied settings, visual analysis of single case data often serves as the primary means of data analysis. We are inviting those that consider themselves to have training or expertise in single case design to participate. If you are willing to spend approximately 20-30 minutes evaluating single case data using visual analysis, please follow the link below for a more detailed description of the study and to participate in the study. Questions regarding this research may be addressed to keith.radley@usm.edu.

Survey link: https://usmep.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cO6GwCgUj7MIECN 

Thank you in advance for considering participating in this research.


Keith Radley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive #5025

Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601-266-6748

School Psychologists' Confidence in Identifying Specific Learning Disabilities

I am writing you to ask for your participation in my dissertation research. If you are a practicing school psychologist, you are eligible to participate in the study! It will only take approximately 20 minutes of your time.  If you are interested in helping us better understand the identification of specific learning disability (SLD), please take a moment to read the description below. If you decide to participate, please click on the link to obtain and sign the consent form. Once you agree to the terms and conditions presented on the consent form, you will be directed to the survey.

My study examines how school psychologists identify SLD. You will be asked to read several vignettes containing information of students referred for evaluations due to significant learning and academic difficulties.  You will be asked to rate your level of confidence in identifying the students as SLD following each vignette. Participation in this study is important to gain an understanding of how psychologists identify SLD in the schools.

Feel free to contact me at karolina.nicewicz14@stjohns.edu or (201)253-6548 if you have any additional questions.

 Please click here to take the survey! 

 Thank you for your time and consideration.


Karolina Nicewicz, Ed.M.

St. John’s University

Doctoral Candidate

Demographic variables of those who currently provide services to linguistically diverse students, and begin identify common characteristics of practitioners who provide services to linguistically diverse students

Dear School Psychologists:

I hope that your new year is off to a great start! My name is Erin McClure, and I am a Doctoral Candidate at the Ohio State University and a current LAS-PIC Intern in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently in the process of conducting my dissertation research, which will be distributed in the format of a brief web-based survey. 

As a NASP member of the Bilingual Interest Leadership Group, I have a vested interest in regional differences in the provision of services to culturally and linguistically diverse students (specifically English Language Learners (ELL’s). This study will assess the demographic variables of those who currently provide services to linguistically diverse students, and begin identify common characteristics of practitioners who provide services to linguistically diverse students. By examining the reported self-efficacy and individual level of perceived competence for a randomized sample of NASP member practitioners, the data may help to identify areas of need for school psychology training programs.

This survey is brief and will take approximately 10 minutes. Participants will also automatically be entered to win one of 2 $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions regarding this research study, please contact Erin McClure. M.A. at mcclure.497@osu.edu 

Please click the link below to complete the survey:


Thank you very much for your time and consideration of my research.

Most Sincerely,

Erin McClure

Training, confidence & supervisor support related to Intervention Implementation

School Psychologists use a wide variety of evidence based interventions but little is known about how their training and confidence as well as supervisor support relate to intervention implementation.  We would like to learn about your use of Applied Behavior Analysis and related principles in your work as a School Psychologist.  No identifying information will be collected and data will be analyzed as a group.  The survey should take a total of 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  Please be clear that participation is voluntary, anonymous, and yields no financial benefit for the researchers.


Please contact Dr. Tara Stevens at tara.stevens@ttu.edu with any questions you have about the study or concerns regarding confidentiality and/or data management.  Additional questions may also be directed to the Coordinator of the Texas Tech University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects, Office of the President for Research, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.

Practice of Systematic Observation Survey

Hello! My name is Brooke Hansen and I’m a school psychology doctoral student at Oklahoma State University. I am currently looking for current school psychology students and alumni of school psychology programs (working in school settings or other settings) to help participate in my dissertation study. The overall goal of this project is to increase the knowledge of school psychologists about how systematic observations are performed. 

Participating in this study will require no more than 20 minutes of your time, and should not be completed during school contract hours. Your participation is completely voluntary and anonymous; you are also free to withdraw your consent and participation at any time. The records of this study will be kept private and secured. Written results will primarily be discussed as group findings.  

Once 120 participants have been reached, you will get a chance to win one of six $25.00 Amazon gift cards! Upon completion of the study, you will be redirected to another webpage where you must type in your name and email address. This information is separate from the information you provided in the survey. If you win, your confidentiality will further be ensured as you will get a link sent to the email you provided that will access you to your gift card.

Survey link: https://okstatecoe.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_blLOSjLfJZeojvD

Thank you for participating! Please pass this email and survey on to school psychology colleagues who might also be interested in participating!


Brooke Hansen, M.S.

School Psychology Doctoral Student

Oklahoma State University


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