2018 News

Doctoral student receives National Association of School Psychologists' Graduate Student Research Award

Sarah Dickinson and George Batsche

Doctoral student Sarah Dickinson and School Psychology Professor George Batsche at the National Association of School Psychologists' Annual Meeting. 

TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2018) – College of Education student Sarah Dickinson was awarded the Graduate Student Research Award by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) at the organization’s annual convention.

The Graduate Student Research Award is presented annually by NASP to two graduate students in school psychology programs across the U.S. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is a professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries. The world's largest organization of school psychologists, NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior, and mental health.

Dickinson is a third-year doctoral student in the College of Education’s School Psychology program. Her research interests include early prevention and intervention of challenging behaviors, particularly with regard to children and families exposed to trauma. For her dissertation, she is studying the effects of a trauma-informed behavioral parenting intervention on young children with disabilities and maltreatment histories. Through this work, Dickinson hopes to support an empirical early intervention model for children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment.

Dickinson recently participated in the National Internship Matching process to secure an internship accredited by the Association of Pre-and Post-Doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC). She will be serving her year-long internship in Illinois at the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium.