Dr. Kahlila Lawrence
Instructor and Practicum/Internship Coordinator, School Psychology
Dr. Kahlila Lawrence is an Instructor in the School Psychology program at the University of South Florida. As an alumna of the program, Dr. Lawrence obtained a Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2008, with an area of emphasis in pediatric health issues. Dr. Lawrence has extensive experience collaborating with educators, families, and community agencies to provide school psychological services to all students. Specifically, she has supported the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional wellness of students through assessment and intervention at the pre-school, elementary, middle, and alternative education settings.
Furthermore, Dr. Lawrence has worked to enhance the practice of school psychology within her role as a school district Peer Evaluator. She also has supported Title 1 school leaders and educators with enhancing school climate and culture as the Professional Development Coordinator for the Now Is The Time (NITT) School Climate Transformation Grant.
As a Visiting Professor of Research at the Florida Mental Health Institute, Dr. Lawrence has worked with young children experiencing developmental delays and disabilities within the Early Intervention Positive Behavior Support (EIPBS) Project. Additionally, Dr. Lawrence has supervised school psychology practicum students and clinical externs, and she has previously taught graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Lawrence’s areas of interest and expertise include the following:
- Guiding the professional skill development of first-, second-, and third-year graduate students within public school practicum and internship settings
- Supporting the success and well-being of graduate students
- Providing intervention supports for students experiencing pediatric health issues
- Promoting the social-emotional wellness of students through Tier 1 supports