Technology Intervention and Assessment in Schools

kids writing on a notebook in class

 

Scenario: Two children get into a fight at school; both are suspended for three days. This intervention (suspension) is not research-based, and it may not be appropriate for the children involved. Instead of suspending the children, psychologists can conduct assessments in the fields of aggression, emotional regulation, language development, impulsivity, and other areas that lead to behavioral conflicts. With this data, psychologists can select empirically-based interventions to help deal with children’s underlying problems. In the long term, finding the root of the problem and matching it to an appropriate intervention can work much better than just removing the children from school.

The primary purpose of our research is to improve assessment and intervention practices, specifically in the field of social-emotional/behavioral skills with a particular emphasis in the use of emerging technologies. The end goal of this research is to a) improve the tools that school psychologists use to identify underlying problems in aggressive children and b) explore interventions that may help with these problems.

We conduct three overarching areas of research to meet these goals:

  • Identify causes of aggression in all children with a focus on those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Develop and critique technology-based tools for conducting assessments to identify these causes.
  • Develop and critique technology-based tools for social, emotional, and behavioral interventions.

Research Team Members

Current Faculty Members

Kathleen Krach, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Florida State University. Prior to her work at FSU, she was faculty at both Troy University (in Alabama) and UNLV (in Nevada). At each of the three universities, she has a history of publishing with students.  The current information on this website regarding publications only applies to students at Florida State University on her research team. For more information on publications with other student members at other universities, please see her CV here.

Michael P. McCreery, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at UNLV.  He has been a faculty member at the University of Arkansas Little Rock prior to his current appointment. Dr. McCreery was one of Dr. Krach’s doctoral students when she was faculty at UNLV. From this early work, Dr. McCreery has gone on to publish over a dozen works with Dr. Krach over the past decade. Please see his CV here.

 

Current Student Members (2018 – 2019)
Catherine Bacos (UNLV, Ph.D. program)
Latoya Brown (FSU, Ph.D. program)
Tiffany Brown (FSU, Ph.D. program)
Mark Carroll (UNLV, Ph.D. program)
Joey Fiorentini (UNLV, Ph.D. program)
James Gardiner (FSU, Ed.S. program)
Jessika Guerard (FSU, Ph.D. program)
Danielle Head (UNLV, Ph.D. program)
Dasha Highsmith (FSU, Ph.D. program)
James Howell (FSU, Ph.D. program)
ShaTericka Jackson (FSU, Ed.S. program)
Lori Kern (FSU, Ed.S. program)
Jeff Laferierre (UNLV, Ph.D. program)
Malaya Monk (FSU, Ed.S. program)

Current or Previous FSU Students with Peer-Reviewed Publications

Christen Cirks (Ed.S. program)
Shannon Focaracci (Ed.S. program)
Jessika Guerard (Ph.D. program)
Erica Harris (Ed.S. program) [submitted]
Dasha Highsmith (Ph.D. program) [submitted]
Houra Mohammadiamin (Ph.D. program)
Sarah Navarro (Ed.S. program)
Hillary Rimel (Ed.S. program)
Ye Wang (Ph.D. program)
Raven Wilcox (undergraduate)

Current or Previous FSU Students with National Presentations

Latoya Brown (Ph.D. program) [submitted]
Danielle Eftaas (Ph.D. program)
James Gardiner (Ed.S. program)
Jessika Guerard (Ph.D. program)
Erica Harris (Ed.S. program)
Dasha Highsmith (Ph.D. program) [submitted]
Brian Mullin (Ed.S. program)
Hillary Rimel (Ed.S. program)
Erica Vazquez (Ed.S. program)

Selected Research Publications

Krach, S. K., McCreery, M. P., Dennis, L., Guerard, J., & Harris, E. L. (submitted). Independent evaluation of Q-Interactive: A paper equivalency comparison using the PPVT-4 with preschoolers. Psychology in the Schools. Manuscript submitted for publication, 29 pages.

McCreery, M. P., Krach, S. K., Bacos, C., & Laferriere, J. (submitted). What’s in a Game? Understanding Video Games as Transactional Learning Experiences. Computers & Education. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Krach, S. K., McCreery, M. P., Doss, K. M., & Highsmith, D. M. (submitted). Can Computers Teach Social Skills to Children? Examining the Efficacy of “The Social Express”. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. Manuscript submitted for publication, 16 pages.

McCreery, M. P., & Krach, S. K. (2018). How the human is the catalyst: Personality, aggressive fantasy, and proactive-reactive aggression among users of social media. Personality and Individual Differences133, 91-95. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.037

Krach, S. K., McCreery, M. P., & Rimel, H. (2017). Examining teachers’ behavioral management charts: A comparison of Class Dojo and paper-pencil methods. Contemporary School Psychology21(3), 267-275. doi:10.1007/s40688-016-0111-0

Krach, S. K., McCreery, M. P., & Guerard, J. (2017). Cultural-linguistic test adaptations: Guidelines for selection, alteration, use, and review. School Psychology International38, 3-21. doi:10.117/0143034316684672

Krach, S. K., Doss, K. M., & McCreery, M. P. (2015). Assessing Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems: Use of Multilingual Versions of Tests. Trainer’s Forum: Journal of the Trainers of School Psychologists33(3), 3-26.

Selected Conference Presentations

Krach, S. K., Doss, K. M., Highsmith, D., Brown, L. S., & McCreery, M. P. (submitted). Can Computers Teach Social Skills? Examining “The Social Express”. Presentation submitted for approval.

Krach, S. K., Guerard, J., McCreery, M. P., Dennis, L., Harris, E. L., & Gardiner, J. (presented 2018). Independent Evaluation of Q-Interactive: Paper Equivalency of PPVT-4 with Preschoolers. Presentation at Annual Convention, National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

McCreery, M. P., Krach, S. K., Bacos, C. A., & Laferriere, J. R. (presented 2018). Effectiveness of a forced-choice video game as direct assessment of aggression. Poster presentation at Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. (National)

McCreery, M. P., Laferriere, J., Bacos, C., & Krach, S. K. (presented 2018). What’s in a Test? Video Games as a Model for Assessing Learning Behaviors. Presentation at National Convention, American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY. (National)

Krach, S. K., McCreery, M. P., & Rimel, H. (presented 2017). Behavioral management charts: Comparing Class Dojo and paper-pencil methods. Presentation at Convention, National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX. (National)

Krach, S. K., & Vazquez, E. (presented 2017). Multilingual Assessment: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Scales. Presentation at Annual Convention, Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP), Daytona Beach, FL. (State)

McCreery, M. P., & Krach, S. K. (presented 2017). Personality, Aggressive Ideations, and Proactive Aggression Among Users of Social Media. Poster presentation at Annual Convention, American Psychological Association (APA), Washington, D.C. (National)