MASP has been contacted by the following individuals or groups with requests for your participation in various IRB-approved research projects. We encourage your participation in this important work!
A request from Brandon Wood, Ph.D., NCSP:
Dear School Psychology Colleague,
You are being invited to participate in a research study about school psychologists’ involvement in systems-level consultation. You were selected for this study because of your membership in the Maine Association of School Psychologists (MASP). The association agreed to forward this research opportunity to you, and we are appreciative of their partnership.
The study seeks to better understand school psychologists’ perceptions of their preparedness for systems-level consultation, the barriers and facilitators associated with providing such services, and their level and type of engagement in systems-level consultation.
The study is voluntary. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous. You will not be asked to provide your name nor will your IP address be collected. Additional information about the study’s risks and benefits is provided at the beginning of the survey.
The study is being conducted by Dr. Brandon Wood, NCSP, at the University of Toledo and Dr. Leah Nellis, NCSP at Indiana University Kokomo. If you have questions about the study, please contact them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
A request from Mary Robinson, M.S., M.A., Doctoral Candidate at Widener University:
If you are a school psychologist, I invite you to participate in a research study called: “The Effectiveness of a Revised Pediatric Neuropsychological Report for School Psychologists.” I am a graduate student, and this research is being conducted as part of my dissertation. This study has received approval from my university’s IRB.
The primary purpose of this research is to examine school psychologist’s perception of pediatric neuropsychological reports to increase effective communication in the future.
The following online survey is through Qualtrics. You will be asked to read one fictional pediatric neuropsychological report and provide your opinion of the report via a survey and qualitative comments. No identifiable information will be asked of you besides basic demographic questions. Survey responses will be anonymous. Once complete, the electronic survey will be stored automatically for further review and analysis.
The expected time to complete this survey is about 20-30 minutes. Your participation is entirely voluntary; however, by completing this survey, you agree to participate in this research. You may refuse to answer any question or terminate your participation at any time by exiting out of the survey. You will also not be financially compensated for your participation. If you agree to participate in this research, please use the following link: https://widener.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eUNjw5lAwJq1iMS. Upon completing the consent form, you will begin the survey.
Thank you for your time and assistance in this research. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Mary Robinson at email@example.com.
A request from Allison Sams, School Psychology Student at Appalachian State University:
My name is Allison Sams and I am a research assistant for Dr. Jim Deni at Appalachian State University. We are excited to share an important survey regarding the school psychology workforce shortage. This study is being led by research teams from Appalachian State University and The College of Saint Rose. The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors associated with the workforce shortage in school psychology. Our study focuses on factors regarding job selection, job retention, and use of teletherapy to rectify the workforce shortage. The study has been approved by the Appalachian State University IRB (#22-0018) and met the criteria for “exempt.”
If you choose to participate, you will complete this electronic survey that includes questions related to the school psychology workforce shortage. The survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time. The individual answers will not be linked to any identifying information in any report of the data. At the end of the survey you can choose to enter your email address to be eligible to enter a $10 Amazon gift card. Participants' emails will be entered into a random generator and the first ten emails drawn will receive a gift card at the completion of data collection.
If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact the principal investigators, Dr. Jim Deni, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Elizabeth Power, email@example.com. Thank you again for your participation and helping contribute to the success of our research!
A request from Corinne Casey, School Psychology Student at Rider University:
Greetings from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ! We are conducting a research study, entitled "Transition Services for Special Needs Students: A Survey of School Psychologists' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Current Practices,” in an effort to learn more about the knowledge base and attitudes of school psychologists toward transition planning for middle and high school students with special needs.
Given that almost 7 million students in the United States receive special education services, it is important to explore current transition practices for this population and identify areas of strength and need. School psychologists are in a prime position to provide this information, as they typically are involved in program planning for students who require specially designed instruction and behavior supports. In understanding the resource, administrative, and financial needs of school psychologists in this area, we can better inform service provision.
We ask that you please consider distributing our survey to your membership to help us better understand the practices and needs of school psychologists in your state relative to transition planning. Our study has been fully approved by the Institutional Review Board of Rider University; documentation can be provided upon request. Completion of the survey should take approximately 10 minutes. Responses will in no way be linked to individual participants and all results will be presented in an aggregated manner. Here is a link to the survey.
Should you have any questions about this study, please contact myself, Corinne Casey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or my faculty advisor, Dr. Karen Gischlar, at email@example.com. We thank you for your time and consideration.