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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 including when the data will no linger be collected or when the posting should be pulled.  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

Quality of Adaptive Tests

(Collecting Data 4/4/2019-4/26/2019)

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: https://stjohns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7PpPRqort3TEeVL

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.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration!


Deborah Duke, M.S.

St. John’s University

School Psychologist Workforce Sustainability

(Collecting Data 3/28/2019-4/30/2019)

We would appreciate your participation in a study we are conducting to get a deeper understanding of workforce shortages in school psychology around the country. Our 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 the link below. 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 denijr@appstate.edu.

Dr. Jim Deni, Primary Investigator 

Appalachian State University, School Psychology Trainer 

Haley Black, Graduate Student, School Psychology 

Hannah Walls, Graduate Student, School Psychology

Megan Gillespie, Graduate Student, School Psychology

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.

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 

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

Louisiana School Psychological Association
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