Melissa A. Bray is a Professor and the Director of the School Psychology program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Bray is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. She is licensed as a psychologist in the State of Connecticut, holds national certification in school psychology, state certification in school psychology, and licensure in speech language pathology. Since receiving her doctorate in 1997, she has published or has in press over 175 articles, chapters, and reviews in the professional literature, and has presented over 100 scholarly papers at national and international conferences. In several studies on faculty productivity it was determined that Dr. Bray was the first or second most prolific contributor to the 5 primary journals in school psychology. Further, she serves as associate editor of the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology and has served as an associate editor of School Psychology Quarterly. She also serves on many other editorial boards. Of interest, she is the co-editor of the first Oxford handbook of school psychology. She has also guest edited 9 issues of Psychology in the Schools on video self-modeling, behavior disorders, positive psychology, statistical reform, childhood obesity, counseling and emotional disorders and equity-based practice. As co-principle investigator, she has secured over $2 million dollars in student training contracts. Of particular significance, Dr. Bray was the 2003 recipient of the prestigious American Psychological Association Division 16’s Lightner Witmer Award, the Division’s highest honor given to young scholars. She has also been involved in state, national, and international professional associations including service as Vice-President, Social, Ethical Responsibility, and Ethnic Minority Affairs, and is currently President of APA’s Division 16 Executive Committee. Dr. Bray has also served as the Division 16’s convention chair, hospitality suite coordinator, chair of the Division’s publications committee, and as a member of the conversation videotape series. Her research interests are in the area of interventions for communication disorders mainly stuttering, classroom disruptive behavior, and physical health and wellness, especially asthma and cancer.
Dr. Enedina García Vázquez is Professor of School Psychology in the Counseling & Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. She earned a BS in elementary education from (Southwest) Texas State University, and MA in bilingual-bicultural studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Vázquez has extensive leadership experience throughout her academic tenure serving as Associate Director for the Honors College, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Deputy Director of the Physical Science Laboratory and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Education. Dr. Vázquez developed the EdS School Psychology and the recently approved PhD programs at New Mexico State University. She served as the director of the EdS program for 11 years and will co-direct the doctoral program. An avid advocate for mentoring and building the pipeline, Dr. Vázquez has developed various programs for students at the middle and high school as well at the post-secondary levels. As Division 45 Member-At-Large, she coordinated the Links and Shoulders Mentoring Program, which has grown to be a signature program of Division 45. Individually and with partners she has secured over $3,000,000 in federal and foundation grants to continue her work in developing the pipeline and supporting children’s academic achievement and workforce development. Dr. Vázquez serves as evaluator to the New Mexico State University NSF INCLUDES grant supporting engineering students.
Dr. Vázquez’ service to the profession includes editor of the Trainers’ Forum, a refereed publication of the Trainers of School Psychology. She was also Member-At-Large for Division 45 – Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Dr. Vázquez assumes the President-elect position of Division 16, after just having completed her Division 45 presidential term.
Catherine A. Fiorello, Ph.D., is Professor of School Psychology at Temple University, where she currently serves as Chair of the Psychological Studies in Education department. She received a B.A. in psychology from Clark University, and an M.S. in Education and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fiorello also completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky, focusing on assessment and intervention for children with AD/HD. Dr. Fiorello is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, and holds Board Certification in School Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She continues to maintain a diagnostic assessment private practice. Dr. Fiorello’s area of research specialization is in the area of cognitive and neuropsychological assessment. She also has publications and clinical experience in the areas of learning and behavior disorders, health-related disorders, low incidence disabilities, and school neuropsychology.
Dr. Fiorello has served Division 16 as Treasurer, Vice-President of Education, Training, and Scientific Affairs, and liaison to the Board of Education Affairs prior to assuming the Presidency.
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