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LSUS School Psychology Program Attends State Conference

November 26, 2014

Thirteen graduate students and two faculty members in the Department of Psychology's Specialist in School Psychology Program (SSP) recently attended the 34th annual Louisiana School Psychological Association (LSPA) Conference in Lafayette, LA on November 5-7. Student attendance from the specialist and doctoral level school psychology programs in the state, as well as the internship consortium in New Orleans, was at an all-time high: 43 students out of 232 conference attendees. In fact, LSUS had the most student attendees among all universities! 

In addition to attending the three-day conference, LSUS students presented research that was conducted during LSUS' School of R.O.C.K. (Reading and Organization for Cool Kids).  School of R.O.C.K. is an academic tutoring program offered by SSP and held on the LSUS campus each summer. Since 2009, Dr. Kevin Jones, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at LSUS, has coordinated the program that offers tutoring services for academically "at risk" second grade children in Caddo Parish Schools. This program not only serves area children, but also serves as a field experience course for undergraduate and graduate students at LSUS.  It provides hands-on experience working with children, and guides them through an applied research project in the area of learning. Three of the 2014 School of R.O.C.K. research projects were presented at the LSPA Conference this year:

•      Emily Ezernack, Jesse Johnson, Kayla Klaus, and Amanda Shackleton: Repeated Readings: Effects on Reading Maintenance and Generalization

•      LaKenya DeBerry, Christina Albert, and Gabrielle McLaughlin: Are extrinsic rewards detrimental to intrinsic motivation for achievement?

•      Emily Mucker, Alicia Stewart, and Laura Moran: The Predictive Validity of Children's Preference Assessment Methods.   

Associate Professor Katherine Wickstrom currently serves as the LSPA Secretary, and first year student Daina Lewis serves as the Student Representative for the association.  

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