School Psychology Core Faculty

School Psychology Core Faculty

David E. McIntosh is the director of training and administers the program. Administration of the program is conducted with the counsel of the five other school psychology core faculty and the department chair. The school psychology faculty includes Andrew Davis (FTE = 100%), Raymond Dean (FTE = 100%), Maria Hernandez Finch (FTE = 100%), David McIntosh (50% FTE), Renee Vaux-Nevins (50% FTE), Eric Pierson (100% FTE), Barbara Rothlisberg (FTE = 50%) 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, Ph.D., HSPP (Core)
University of Northern Colorado (2003)
Associate Professor of Psychology-Educational Psychology
Director of Doctoral Internships
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Neuropsychological Assessment for Intervention

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

Maria Hernandez Finch, Ph.D. (Core)
University of South Carolina (2002)
Assistant Professor of Psychology-Educational Psychology
Practicum Coordinator
Licensure: Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Cultural Competency, Assessment, Gifted, and Culturally Responsive Assessment and Intervention

David McIntosh, Ph.D., HSPP, ABPP (Core)
Ball State University (1990)
Meeks Distinguished Professor and Professor of Psychology-Educational Psychology
Director, Doctoral Program in School Psychology
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Autism, Psychological Assessment 

Renee Vaux-Nevins, Ph.D., HSPP (Core)
Ball State University (2009)
Assistant Professor-Educational Psychology
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist

Eric Eugene Pierson, Ph.D., HSPP (Core)
Illinois State University (2007)
Assistant Professor of Psychology-Educational Psychology
Director, Psychoeducational, Diagnosis, 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

Barbara A. Rothlisberg, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin (1982)
Professor of Psychology-Educational Psychology
Director, M.A./Ed.S. Program in School Psychology
Licensure: Licensed School Psychologist
Research Interests: School Psychology, Individual Cognitive Assessment, Learning Disabilities,
Reading Disabilities, and School Factors Related to Academic Success

Janay B. Sander, Ph.D. (Core)
University of Texas-Austin (2001)
Associate Professor-Educational Psychology
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist (Texas)

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

David McIntosh 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 David McIntosh for all requests or issues not related to program assessment. McIntosh and Rothlisberg are 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.