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Research and Announcements

Dr. Laurie Klose, current students, and Texas State alumni.
Pictured are Dr. Laurie Klose, current students, and Texas State alumni.

At the January board meeting of the Texas Association of School Psychologists, the Texas State University School Psychology Program was well represented.

Kayla Jones and Dr. Jon Lasser

School Psychology student named Outstanding Graduate Student

Kayla Jones was awarded Outstanding Student at the Specialist Level at the 2014 Texas Association of School Psychologists conference in Las Colinas. At the award ceremony, she was described as outstanding due to her competencies, professional growth and dedication, interpersonal skills and commitment to the field of school psychology.

Texas State University's first set of Project SUPERB scholars

Texas State School Psychology Program Receives Department of Education Grant

Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the Principal Investigator (Project Director) for Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), a project recently awarded a five-year $1.05 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.

Other CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Jon Lasser, Professor of School Psychology
  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Desiree Vega, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Scholar Coordination & Supervision – Dr. Laurie Klose, Associate Clinical Professor of School Psychology
  • Practicum Coordinator – Dr. Paul Jantz, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Field Supervision – Dr. Mike Garcia and Dr. Rachel Robillard, Adjunct Professors of School Psychology
  • Consultant – Dr. Robert Reardon, Associate Professor of Adult Education

Congratulations to Dr. Plotts and the entire Project SUPERB team!

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Texas State at NASP in D.C. 2014

Eighteen students and five faculty members from Texas State attended the 2014 NASP convention in Washington, D.C. (perhaps our greatest turnout ever). Below are presentations by our faculty and staff:

* Denotes student presenters
Jantz, P. B., Davies, S. C., *Covington, C., & *Kneedler, S. (February 2014). School-based
            assessment and intervention development for students with TBI (Workshop).
Jantz, P., Vega, D., Klose, L., Lasser, J., *Kuebler, R., & *Campbell, C. (February 2014). Field-
based experiences in specialist-level school psychology programs: Implications for graduate preparation. (Poster presentation).
Lasser, J., *Dark, L., *Beam, K., *Morris, M., *Shatila, A. (2014). The Multicultural
Transformation of a School Psychology Course: Process and Outcomes. (Poster presentation).
Klose, L., *Hockless, G., *Jones, K., *McAllister, K., & *Schwaighofer, M. (2014). The Impact
of Participation in the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES) Practicum on Future School Psychology Practice. (Poster presentation).
Vega, D., *Fernandez-May, A., *Luquire, R., *Garrison, T., & *Jackson, K. (February 2014).
Effective training for school psychologists working with deaf and hard of hearing students. (Poster presentation)..
Vega, D. (February 2014). Who really cares? Perceptions of support among urban youth. (Paper presentation).

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Texas State Graduate and Faculty Member Participate in NASP regional leadership meeting

TASP president elect and Texas State graduate Kelly Shoup Anderson, TASP president Dana Goins, NASP president Sally Bass, and NASP delegate Laurie Klose, showing Texas State pride in ASPS shirts at the NASP Southeast regional leadership meeting.


Jennifer Covington Awarded "Outstanding Graduate Student" at TASP

At the 2013 TASP Conference in San Antonio, Texas State University student Jennifer Covington received the award for the Outstanding Graduate Student at the Specialist Level. She's pictured here with her internship supervisor, Carmen Cisneroz, a graduate of our program.