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School Psychology Research

UNO faculty and students ground themselves in being research driven, data-based practitioners. School psychology research teams (see below) give students first-hand experience in educational research. Additionally, students are highly encouraged to represent UNO by presenting their projects and research and local and national conferences.

In February of 2014, 3rd year student, Magnum Peterson, presented his reserach project at the Annual NASP conference in Washington, D.C.

NASP 2014 Presentations

In-Depth Analysis of HS Student and Teacher Perceptions of PBIS (Kok & McKevitt)

Individualized Social Skills Interventions for Young Adults with ASD (Reis et al.)

Mentoring & Professional Development within a Student Organization (Reis et al.)

Play Intervention for Native Spanish-Speaking Preschool Students (Scheer & Kelly-Vance)

Promoting Prosocial Behavior Using Cooperative Video Games and Peer Models (Peterson & Kelly-Vance)

Reading Intervention for Two First-Grade Boys (Gillaspie & Kelly-Vance)

Reducing Off-Task Behaviors with Reinforcement-Based Procedures (McArdle & Kelly-Vance)

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support for Individuals with Severe and Profound Disabilities (Judge & McKevitt)


Research Teams

School Psychology students are required to participate on a research team led by a UNO Psychology faculty member throughout their graduate studies. Students are expected to attend regular research meetings with the faculty and other team members. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to ensure that the experiences include enough breadth and depth for the student to meet the objective (i.e., develop critical thinking skills in research, conduct independent research project) of research team participation.

Research team activities may include: reviewing literature, collecting data, entering data, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, preparing and/or giving presentations, and discussing findings. While hours vary, students should expect to contribute a minimum of 50 hours per semester. Students should log their activities and hours. Students have the option of registering for research credit under PSYC 9960 – Research Other Than Thesis (1 credit for every 50 hours). The logical outcome of research team participation is that students will conduct their research in this area. If this occurs, the faculty member will be the project advisor


Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance's PLAIS website

Dr. Brian McKevitt's Social-Emotional-Behavioral Interventions Page