Volume 42, Issue 3 (2013)
Contextualizing School Psychology Practice: Introducing Featured Research Commentaries
Matthew K. Burns
What is the essential attribute of school psychology? That question does not ask about the characteristics of an effective school psychologists, it asks about what it is that makes the field unique from other related schoolbased mental health fields. I asked this question when I began my term as Editor (Burns, 2011) and concluded that although there are likely multiple attributes that make the field unique, including data-based decision making and expertise in both mental health and instructional issues, it is the application of an ecological perspective to school-based problems that makes us unique in K-12 schools.
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