Outstanding Dissertation Award

Nomination Deadline: April 1st – Chair: Garret Hall, gjhall@fsu.edu 


Each year the Division of School Psychology presents an Outstanding Dissertation in School Psychology Award to a school psychology student who has completed a dissertation that merits special recognition and has the potential to contribute to the science and practice of school psychology.



Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successfully completed their dissertation defense between January 1 – December 31, 2023.
  2. Be a member of Division 16.

How to Apply


Please submit:

1) The nominee’s CV (required);
3) The dissertation (required);
4) Up to three supporting letters (At least one should be from a member of the dissertation committee). 

by 11:59PM EST on April 1, 2024 via this form.

Past Recipients


Dr. Meredith Franco, University of Virginia

Dr. Marie L. Tanaka, University of Arizona
Dr. Mei-Ki (Maggie) Chan, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Aijah Baruti-Goodwin, Louisiana State University

Dr. Ben Paly 

Dr. Christa Copeland

Kala Taylor

Tyler E. Smith

Paige Lauren Mission

Chunyan Yang

Bridget O. Hier

Sarah A. Fefer

Angie Pohl
“The Personal Readiness Evaluation for Postsecondary (PREP):  A development and validation study”
Dissertation Chair: Sandra Christenson

Steve Kilgus
“Diagnostic accuracy of direct behavior rating as a screener of elementary school students”
Dissertation Chair: Sandra M. Chafouleas

Julie Herbstrith
“A multi-method investigation of pre-service teacher attitudes toward gay and lesbian parents”
Dissertation Chair: Renee Tobin

Jamie Zibulsky, University of California, Berkeley
“Preschoolers at risk of developing concurrent academic and behavioral difficulties
Dissertation Chair: Anne Cunningham

Nathan Clemens, Lehigh Univerisity
“Toward consensus on CBM measures”
Dissertation Chair: Edward Shapiro

Kelly Feeney-Kettler, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Early Identification of Preschool Students At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Development and Validation of a Parent-Teacher Screener”
Dissertation Chair: Thomas Kratochwill

Milena Keller-Margulis, Lehigh University
“General Outcome Measures and Performance on High Stakes Tests: A Further Examination of Long-Term Predictive Validity in Pennsylvania”
Dissertation Chair: Ed Shapiro

Brandy Clarke, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
“Parental Self-Efficacy: Examination of a Protective Factor for Parents of Low-Income with Young Children”
Dissertation Chair: Susan Sheridan

Kara Giron Wisniewski, Duqesne University
“Delinquency, Academic Underachievement, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Longitudinal Investigation of Developmental Sequencing and Interrelated Risk Factors”
Dissertation Chair: Tammy Hughes

Brian C. Poncy, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
“An Investigation of the Dependability and Standard Error of Measurement of Words Read Correctly Per Minute Using Curriculum-Based Measurement”
Dissertation Chair: Christopher Skinner

Honorable Mention
Alex Beaujean, University of Missouri
“Using Item Response Theory to Assess the Lynn-Flynn Effect”
Dissertation Chair: Craig Frisby and Rick Short

Elisa Steele Shernoff, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Transporting an Evidence-Based Classroom Management Program for Preschoolers with Disruptive Behavior Problems to a School: An Analysis of Implementation, Outcomes, and Contextual Variables”
Dissertation Chair: Thomas Kratochwill

Marsha Luginbuehl, University of South Florida
“The initial development and validation of the sleep disorders inventory for students”
Dissertation Chair: Kathy Bradley-Klug and George Batche

Amanda Heidgerken
“An exploration of the relations between parenting, children’s social cognitions, and aggressive behavior”
Dissertation Chair: Jan Hughes

Kevin Fenstermacher, University of Utah
“An Interactive, Computer-based Social Skills Training Program: Development and Use with Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”
Dissertation Chair: Susan Sheridan

Aleta Ann Gilbertson Schulte, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Effects of testing accommodations on standardized mathematics test scores: An experimental analysis of performance of students with and without disabilities”
Dissertation Chair: Steve Elliot

Honorable Mention
Mary R. Levinsohn, PhD, University of Maryland
“Evaluating Instructional Consultation Teams for Student Reading Achievement and Special Education Outcomes”
Dissertation Chair: Sylvia Rosenfield

Heather Sterling-Turner, Mississippi State University
“The effects of direct training, treatment acceptability, and treatment integrity on treatment outcomes in school consultation”
Dissertation Chair: T. Steuart Watson

Clynita Jefferson, Texas A & M University
“Factors that Impact Parents Engagement and Treatment outcome in a School-Linked Parent Consultation Intervention for Aggressive Children”
Dissertation Chair: Jan N. Hughes

Kimberly Ray, Mississippi State University
“Experimental analysis of the effects of temporally distant events on school behavior”
Dissertation Chair: T. Steuart Watson

Robin Weiner – University of Utah
“Efficacy of conjoint behavioral conservation with a combined homework model to increase math homework completion and accuracy in junior high students”
Dissertation Chair: Susan Sheridan

Janet M. Drew, University of Iowa
“Stimulus control of clinician instructions on parent behavior via a component analysis statement”
Dissertation Chair: Randy Kamphaus

Jennifer M. Asmus, University of Iowa
“Use of tasks, persons, and settings to identify the stimulus control of aberrant behavior in young children”
Dissertation Chair: David Wacker and Gregg Macmann

Mary M. Chittooran, Mississippi State University
“ADHDEXPERT: The Development of a Prototype Expert for the Identification of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”
Dissertation Chair: David T. Morse

Jacqueline Lemme Cunningham, University of Texas
“A Contextual Investigation of the International Development of Psychology in the Schools”
Dissertation Chair: Thomas D. Oakland

Honorable Mention
William David Carlyon, University of South Florida
“The Development and Testing of a Model to Explain Elementary School Staff Motivation and Preference for Consultation with School Psychologists to Remediate Specific Student Behavioral Problems”
Dissertation Chair: Howard M. Knoff

Pamela Burri Grossman, Texas A & M University
“Attachment Style and History of Parents of Aggressive Children: Effects on Response to Intervention”
Dissertation Chair: Jan N. Hughes

Daniel E. Olympia, University of Utah
“Homework Completion and Accuracy: Using Student Management Interventions”
Dissertation Chair: William R. Jenson

Honorable Mention
Ruth Kaminski, University of Oregon
“Assessment for the Primary Prevention of Early Academic Problems: Utility of Curriculum-Based Measurement Pre-Reading Tasks”
Dissertation Chair: Roland H. Good III