School Psychology Core Faculty

School Psychology Core Faculty

Dr. Andrew Davis is the director of training and administers the program. Administration of the program is conducted with the counsel of the school psychology core faculty as well as the department chair. The school psychology core faculty includes Andrew Davis (FTE = 100%), Raymond Dean (FTE = 100%), Maria Hernandez Finch (FTE = 100%), David McIntosh (50% FTE), Renee Nevins (50% FTE), Eric Pierson (100% FTE), and Janay Sander (100% FTE). The program is committed to preparing school psychologists who integrate theory, research, and practice in their implementation and evaluation of psychological services and in their production of applied research. The program faculty, through their unique perspectives and experiences, create a learning environment that encourages students to experiment with different theoretical perspectives and approaches to research. Faculty pursuits reflect a range of interests, including neuropsychology, measurement, statistics, preschool assessment, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and school retention. Following the scientist-practitioner model, each of the faculty members takes an eclectic perspective. Furthermore, all of the faculty have extensive and varied applied experiences. All school psychology faculty have been, and continue to be, involved in providing direct psychological services, consultation, and research with an applied focus.

School Core Psychology Faculty Educational Backgrounds and Research Interests

Andrew S. Davis, PhD, HSPP (Core)
University of Northern Colorado (2003)
Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Director, Doctoral Program in School Psychology
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Neuropsychological Assessment for Intervention

Raymond S. Dean, PhD, HSPP, ABPP (Core)
Arizona State University (1978)
George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Neuropsychology
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist
Research Interests: Neuropsychology Prediction, Parental Complications, CHC
Functional Neuropsychology of Cognitive Learning, Psychopathology

Maria Hernandez Finch, PhD (Core)
University of South Carolina (2002)
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Director, MA/EdS Programs in School Psychology School Psychology Practicum Coordinator
Licensure: Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Cultural Competency, Assessment, Gifted, and Culturally Responsive Assessment and Intervention

David McIntosh, PhD, HSPP, ABPP (Core)
Ball State University (1990)
Meeks Distinguished Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Autism, Psychological Assessment 

Renee Nevins, PhD, HSPP (Core)
Ball State University (2009)
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist

Eric Eugene Pierson, PhD, HSPP (Core)
Illinois State University (2007)
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Director, Psychoeducational Diagnostic and Intervention Clinic
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Assessment, Personality Development and Assessment, and Contextual
Factors Influencing the Training and Practice of School Psychology

Janay B. Sander, PhD, HSPP (Core)
University of Texas-Austin (2001)
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
Director, School Psychology Doctoral Internships
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist
Research Interests: Acting out disorders in children and adolescents. Juvenile delinquency and systematic interventions to address the needs of youth offenders and their families using positive and theory-driven approaches

Director Responsibilities

Dr. Andrew Davis is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program including direct contact with students about issues of admission, advising, file maintenance, committee development, and yearly review. Therefore, students should contact Dr. Davis for all requests or issues not related to program assessment. Dr. Davis is also primarily responsible for program data and assessment including development of student surveys, management of rGrade, data collection and entry, and data analysis for programmatic review.