2018 News

Assistant Professor receives Lightner Witmer Award from American Psychological Association

Nathaniel von der Embse

Nathaniel von der Embse, PhD, NCSP

TAMPA, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – College of Education Assistant Professor Nathaniel von der Embse, PHD, NCSP, was selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) to receive the 2018 Lightner Witmer Award.

Each year, the Division of School Psychology presents the Lightner Witmer Award to a young professional or academic school psychologist who demonstrates scholarship that merits special recognition. It is awarded for scholarly activity and contributions that significantly nourish school psychology as a discipline and profession, including systematic and imaginative use of psychological theory and research in furthering the development of professional practice or unusual scientific contributions and seminal studies of important research questions that bear on the quality of school psychological training and practice.

As recipient of the award, Dr. von der Embse will be invited to submit a manuscript for the annual awards issue of The School Psychologist and to give a presentation the following year at the meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. von der Embse joined the College of Education in 2017 as an assistant professor in the School Psychology program. His research interests include teacher stress and the consequences of accountability policy, development of mental and behavioral health risk screeners, and training educators in population-based mental health services. Dr. von der Embse is an associate editor for the Journal of School Psychology and has an actively funded research program of more than $5,000,000. His research has resulted in 44 peer reviewed publications. Additionally, Dr. von der Embse’s research has been featured in various popular media outlets, cited in government policy briefs, and presented nationally and internationally.

Dr. von der Embse will be recognized with the Lightner Witmer Award at the 126th Annual APA Convention in August.