March 28, 2017

CSU psychology students travel to convention

Over time, psychology has gone from a small scientific field to a field that examines how environment, past experiences and personality may affect a person.        

Many of these factors have spawned a slightly newer psychologist – the school psychologist.

Several of Cleveland State University’s graduate students who are studying to be school psychologists traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP 2017 Annual Convention) where they presented research based on a study they did with their adviser, Shereen Naser, Ph.D.

The research focuses on a universal screening method designed to determine students who may be at risk for behavioral issues, which they believe could be very helpful in involving the school psychologist before real problems arise that lead to discipline.

Megan Jarmusz, one of the presenting graduate students, said that she considers one of the more interesting conclusions of the research to be the fact that teachers can usually identify these students, but the students often struggle with identifying themselves.

Students with behavior problems are not the only students school psychologists try to reach. Naser, the adviser for the group, said that these professionals also assist students who may have troubled home lives, may be bullied or may struggle with depression.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to see a 12 percent growth in the job market for school psychologists from 2012 to 2022. This could be because they can help with the wide range of situations they can be helpful in, as Naser described.

She also said that the NASP conference is important because “[It is a] very applied field. There’s a good mix of both researchers and practitioners, and even projects with those groups working together. We are about taking that research and seeing what you actually do day-to-day.”


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