School Psychology Forum

General Issue
Volume 12, Issue 2 (Summer 2018)

Editor: Oliver Edwards


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  • Presenters at NASP 2013–2016: Where Are the Practitioners?

    By Kathleen B. Aspiranti & Carrie Jackson

    pp. 45-65

    ABSTRACT: Although one of the main functions of school psychology research is to inform practice, there remains a large research-to-practice gap. Both practitioners and scholars are crucial in ensuring that research within the field is comprehensive and well represented. In the current study, presenter, contributor, and presenter affiliation demographics from the 2013 to 2016 NASP annual conventions were collected. All miniskills sessions, symposia, and poster, paper, and practitioner conversation sessions were analyzed. Results showed that of the 10,120 presenters, 85% were university affiliated, while only 15% were practitioners. Implications of results regarding this research-to-practice gap are discussed. Suggestions to help practitioners become more involved in research activities are also provided.

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  • Mental Health Referrals: A Survey of Practicing School Psychologists

    By Victor Villarreal

    pp. 66-77

    ABSTRACT: Schools are the most common entry point for accessing mental health services for school-age children. Children may access school-based services as part of a multitiered system of supports or other service models, such as school-based health centers. However, limitations associated with school-based services (e.g., lack of time, inability to address severe problems, inadequate numbers of related service centers) require that schools be prepared to make referrals to community mental health providers (CMHPs). The purpose of this study was to survey practicing school psychologists (N = 194) regarding their experiences in making mental health referrals. Results suggest that the number of referrals from school psychologists to CMHPs is low and that barriers to the referral process regularly involve parents. Implications for improving practice are discussed.

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