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LSUS to Present at National Psychology Convention

February 11, 2013

Professors Michael Welch, Kevin Jones, Katherine Wickstrom, and psychology students Shelly Gearheart and Lauren McKinley will present at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention February 12-15, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The conference typically has 6,500 attendees, including practitioners, trainers, and mental health professionals from across the nation.

The faculty members from the Specialist in School Psychology program attend the annual convention each year, usually conducting at least one presentation. However, this year they will give three presentations: one will be on mini-skills and the other two will be poster presentations.

Welch, Jones, and Wickstrom will present a mini-skills presentation titled "Show Thy Impact: Value-Added Assessment of School Psychological Services." This presentation represents LSU Shreveport's case study, which developed a model for assessing the effectiveness of school personnel who work primarily with children who have chronic and severe educational crises.

"The Final Front Tier: Comprehensive Learning Supports" is a poster presentation to be presented by Jones, Welch, Wickstrom, and Gearheart. This demonstrates the work of faculty members, training educators in suicide prevention, building school-community partnerships, crisis intervention, functional behavioral assessment, manifestation determinations, restraint and seclusion, and positive behavior support plans.

McKinley will present a poster titled "School of R.O.C.K.: Reading and Organization For Cool Kids," displaying the results of three research projects conducted during a summer academic program for local second grade children. The research involved intervention supports for academic and behavioral concerns in schools.

For more information regarding the convention and presentations, contact Dr. Kevin Jones at 318-797-5043 or

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