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LSUS School Psychology Program Presents Research at State Conference

November 22, 2016

In early November, 13 graduate students in the Specialist in School Psychology Program at LSU Shreveport attended a three-day conference for the Louisiana School Psychological Association held in Lafayette. Dr. Kevin Jones and five graduate students presented their research during a student poster symposium. Abbie Reynolds presented her evaluation of a phonemic awareness training program for children with severe reading disabilities, conducted in Caddo Parish. Daina Lewis and Melissa Seaman presented outcomes for 20 Caddo Parish children enrolled in an afterschool tutoring clinic (School of R.O.C.K.) on the LSUS campus. Celesta McGrew and Madison Shuey earned "Best Presentation" honors for their study investigating the stability of children's achievement motivation.

Dr. Katherine Wickstrom moderated a research symposium on a school-wide positive behavior support system currently being implemented in several Louisiana parishes. The final day of the conference included an inaugural Student Strand session, facilitated by Dr. Wickstrom and other university faculty in the state. This session focused on assisting students with graduate school survival tips and preparing them for the final year of internship training.

Photo 1: LSUS faculty and graduate students pose for a group photo with the luncheon keynote speaker, Governor John Bel Edwards, at the 2016 LSPA annual conference.

Photo 2: LSUS School Psychology graduate student, Abbie Reynolds (Caddo Parish intern), presents research at the 2016 LSPA conference poster symposium.

Photo 3: LSUS School Psychology graduate student, Celesta McGrew (Lincoln Parish intern), presents research at the 2016 LSPA conference poster symposium. Celesta and her co-presenter, Madison Shuey, earned "best presentation" honors.

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