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School Psychology Research

UNO faculty and students ground themselves in being research. 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.

Last year, 3rd year students, Samantha Bayer, Maddie Moody, and Kristin Micek earned 2nd place in the Graduate Posters/Exhibits section at the 4th annual UNO Student Research and Creativity Fair


Research Opportunities

If you have an idea for research and/or would like to collaborate with one of our research times, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Lisa Kelly-Vance at


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 or MMI Psychology faculty member throughout their graduate studies. Students will learn about available teams in their first month of the program and select a team by October 1 of their first semester. Students are expected to attend regular research meetings with the faculty and other team members. Research team experiences include the breadth and depth required for the student to meet the objectives of developing critical thinking skills in research and to be able to conduct an independent research project (the student's Ed.S. research project).

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).

Play in Early Childhood Development

Headed by Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance and Dr. Brigette Ryalls, this team is dedicated to the research and teaching of the importance of play in a developing child's life. Projects involve play-based assessment and interventions to facilitate young children's learning and development.


The Social-Emotional-Behavioral team is dedicated to promoting the use of evidence-based programs for positive behavior change within schools and is led by Dr. Brian McKevitt.