NASP 2011 Summer Conferences
Leigh Armistead, EdD, NCSP is a school psychologist who earned his Specialist in School Psychology degree at Winthrop University and his doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He practiced in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina for 14 years before joining the faculty of Winthrop University’s School Psychology Program in 2004. Dr. Armistead’s professional interests include school psychologists’ career development, ethical and professional practices, positive behavior support programs and the use of technology in school psychology. For several years, Dr. Armistead served as the Southeast Region representative on the NASP Ethical and Professional Practices Committee and chaired the NASP Professional Growth Committee. He is currently the Chair of the NASP Ethical and Professional Practices Committee. Dr. Armistead served as a member of the writing group for the 2010 revision of NASP’s professional standards and is now actively engaged in professional development regarding those standards.
Matthew K. Burns, PhD, is currently a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota and is the coordinator of the School Psychology Program. He has published over 100 articles and books, and has published extensively in the area of response-to-intervention including several journal articles and five books. Dr. Burns is also the Editor of Assessment for Effective Intervention and the Editort of School Psychology Review. Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator, and has been involved in response-to-intervention implementation efforts in dozens of school districts all over the country.
Gary Cates, PhD, NCSP is Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University. He currently teaches and conducts clinical supervision of graduate students in school psychology related to diagnostic assessment of academic skills and academic intervention. He also coordinates the Academic Intervention and Consultation Services Center at ISU. Dr. Cates has authored and coauthored numerous research studies, book chapters, and national presentations and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Education and is associate editor of the Journal of Evidenced Based Practices for Schools. His primary research/writing interests include the prevention and remediation of academic skills deficits, differential effects of academic interventions and learning strategies, and applied behavioral analysis in educational settings. His current consultation work primarily focuses on the implementation and evaluation of response to Intervention models with strong emphasis on data-based decision making.
Dan Florell, PhD, NCSP is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at Eastern Kentucky University. He has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University and is a licensed psychologist. Dan has been researching the topic of cyberbullying for several years. He has also taught a range of development and school psychology courses and worked as a school psychologist in the public schools.
Howard M. Knoff, PhD, NCSP, is the Director of Project ACHIEVE, author of the Stop and Think Social Skills Programs (for school and home/parents), and Director of the Arkansas Department of Education's State Personnel Development Grant which is funding the statewide implementation of Project ACHIEVE. Dr. Knoff was previously Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida for 20 years and the Director of the School Psychology Program there for 12 years. Dr. Knoff is widely respected for his research and writing on school reform and organizational change, consultation and intervention processes, social skills and behavior management training, Response-to-Intervention, and professional issues. He has authored or co-authored 15 books, published over 75 articles and book chapters, and delivered over 500 papers and workshops nationally. A recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division in 1989 for early career contributions, and over $15 million in external grants during his career, he was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists.
Joshua M. Langberg, PhD, NCSP, is an Assistant Professor in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Center for ADHD. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He completed a clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at CCHMC. Dr. Langberg’s research and professional interests are focused on improving the academic and behavioral performance of children and adolescents with ADHD. His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Langberg developed, evaluated, and recently published the Homework, Organization and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention for use by school mental health providers.
Melissa A. Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC is a school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado and is currently employed as a lecturer for Winthrop University in South Carolina. Prior work experiences also include day treatment, residential treatment, and outpatient psychiatric settings. She is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention Curriculum and three recently released books.
Barbara Bole Williams, PhD, NCSP is currently professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Before becoming a university educator, Barbara had extensive experience working in the public schools as a school psychologist and director of special services. She holds a PhD in educational psychology from Temple University. She is past President of New Jersey Association of School Psychologists and past New Jersey Delegate and Delegate Representative for the Northeast Region for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She currently serves as National Credentialing Chair for NASP and is a member of the NCSP Certification Board. Barbara has served on the NASP Ethics Committee for seven years as representative from the Northeast region of the country. She is presently a member of the NASP Ethics Advisory Panel. She is the lead author in the 2008 NASP publication, Professional Ethics for School Psychologists: A Problem-Solving Model Casebook (2008) co-authored by Leigh Armistead and Susan Jacob, which is currently in its second edition. Barbara chaired the Task Force to Revise the NASP 2010 Standards, including the ethical standards.
Jim Wright, MS, is a highly acclaimed national presenter and author on topics related to Response to Intervention (RtI). He has worked for nearly 20 years in public education as a school psychologist and school administrator. He recently published The RTI Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Schools, which outlines for school administrators, teachers, and support staff the essential techniques, resources, and guidelines to successfully implement an RtI model. He also is the developer of www.interventioncentral.org, a premier website that provides valuable, free online resources for school psychologists and other educators.
Donald Zabriskie, RPh, graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in pharmacy and completed his graduate studies at Baldwin-Wallace College. He is the manager of clinical pharmacy services at Cleveland Clinic-Fairview Hospital, a 475 bed teaching hospital with services ranging from acute care to long term care and encompasses both general pediatric services and a pediatric behavioral psychiatry unit. Mr. Zabriskie currently serves on the faculty of the physician assistant graduate degree program at Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University and is the instructor of an online pharmacology course at Case Western Reserve University.