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School Psychology Program
 

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program. She completed   her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology at Oklahoma State University. While there, she also completed a specialty in Applied Behavioral Analysis through extended work with child and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Dr. Ellis-Hervey worked on various studies with faculty, peers and research teams and presented much of this work at national conferences.  Some of these studies included topics such as various math interventions, peer and sibling victimization, PTSD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  During her pre-doctoral internship, Dr. Ellis-Hervey worked tirelessly between three sites including The Autism Program, The Hope Institute for Children and Families and Springfield School District 186.  During her time there she worked with staff in group homes, creating and modeling intervention plans, provided group and individual therapy, implemented and created various social skills groups and completed weekly diagnostic assessments for children suspected of having Autism.  She also worked served on multi-disciplinary teams along with clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, program coordinators and medical residents to review and present behavioral data of students and monitor behavioral changes between psychotropic medication changes.  Within the school system, she also served as an integral part of Student Assistance Teams, IEP teams and worked with students and teachers on various behavioral and academic interventions.  Dr. Ellis-Hervey's dissertation study, The Comparison of Sensory Integrative Therapy (Specifically Weighted Vests) and Applied Behavioral Analysis (Specifically a Differential Schedule of Reinforcement) in the Treatment of Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder, proved to be quite beneficial and she is currently working to publish the results of the study while furthering her research in the area.

 

Dr. Ginger Kelso is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program. She completed her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines (with specialization in Special Education) at Utah State University . While there, she worked with faculty on multiple federally funded research projects including Project Need to Read, a study of the differential effects of two computer-delivered reading interventions and Virtual Home Visits, a study of the feasibility of web-based early intervention services. Dr. Kelso also worked as an assistant in the clinical services division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University . In this role, she provided educational and behavioral consultations to families and schools for children with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities and autism. She also served on a multidisciplinary diagnostic team in which children with suspected disabilities were assessed for educational, behavioral, or health-related disabilities. Dr. Kelso has conducted research in the area of Relational Frame Theory and language development and has presented regionally and nationally. She has published research in Infants & Young Children and The Psychological Record (in progress).

 

GLEN MCCULLER photoDr. Glen McCuller is a professor in the School Psychology program. Upon earning his Bachelorís degree and teacher certification, he began his career teaching students with severe developmental disabilities (aged 3-21 years) in a self-contained school. Dr. McCuller then earned both his Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in transition programming and his Ph.D. in Special Education emphasizing Applied Behavior Analysis and educational research methodology from Utah State University . Upon completing his graduate work, Dr. McCuller served as the coordinator for a supported employment program for students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and mental retardation. He has worked as a teacher trainer at Tennessee Technological University and at SFASU. Dr. McCuller has served as an educational and behavioral consultant to school districts and human services programs. His interests include: applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, autism, direct instruction, behavior management, and single-subject research design. Dr. McCuller has directed two U.S. Department of Education OSERS Personnel Preparation training grants, supervised graduate research, presented regionally and nationally, and has been published in several prominent journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Special Education, and the Journal of Rehabilitation.