About Me

I am an assistant professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake, where I am faculty in the combined school/clinical health service psychology doctoral program and in the specialist-level school psychology program. I’m a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Although trained as a generalist in evidence-based…

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Dissertation (Ph.Done.)

My dissertation has been uploaded online by the university and can be viewed/downloaded here. The study developed and collected/analyzed initial validity evidence for a measure that quantifies the attitudes school principals hold about suicide prevention. Eventually, work like this might enable school mental health professionals and suicide prevention specialists to target their implementation strategies and…

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Making measurement matter in sucidology

I was fortunate to recently write a blog post for a great organization I’m a part of called the International Network of Early Career Researchers in Suicide and Self-Harm (netECR). The post provides an big-picture overview of several measurement challenges in suicide research. I hope it provides some good food for thought. Check it out…

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How prevalent is child maltreatment?

Content warning: child maltreatment and sexual assault statistics. If you work with children, chances are you’ll meet kids who have experienced maltreatment. Child maltreatment includes abuse — physical, sexual, and emotional — and neglect. All 50 states have laws that protect children against maltreatment. Although all states have their own specific laws about what constitutes maltreatment, the definition in…

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You’re who? The school psychologist.

School psychology is a broad field. Its researchers and practitioners have a wide range of training and expertise. This can make it hard to explain exactly who school psychologists are, but it’s also one of the field’s greatest strengths. A quick google search will tell you a lot about who school psychologists are not. We’re…

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