Current Research Projects

 

 

ASD rating scales - comparison across parent populations

SPRL is collaborating with Dr. Bryn Harris (school psychology faculty at UC Denver) on a project comparing the factor structures and measurement invariance of an ASD rating scale across parent populations. Data for this study will be collected on Amazon's Mechanical Turk.


Mindfulness, Academic Stress, and Reading

SPRL is collaborating with Dr. Donna Gilbertson (school psychology faculty at USU) on a project examining the effects of an app-based mindfulness intervention on academic stress and reading performance for elementary age students with specific learning disabilities in reading.


autism spectrum disordeR & CUltural Considerations

Are you a practicing school psychologist? Do you work in a school setting? Researchers in School Psychology programs at Utah State University and the University of Colorado Denver are looking for school psychologists to complete a study to learn more about school-based autism spectrum disorder assessment with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participation consists of the completion of a brief (approximately 20 minute) survey. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $100 Amazon.com gift cards.

If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following link: https://redcap.cehs.usu.edu/surveys/?s=A4R7EPJDXX

Please feel free to forward the survey to your friends and colleagues. We appreciate your help!

If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD at 435-797-6373 or maryellen.mcclainverdoes@usu.edu. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #8202) at Utah State University.


KNOWLEDGE OF autism spectrum disorder

SPRL is collaborating with Dr. Bryn Harris (school psychology faculty at University of Colorado Denver) and Dr. Gretchen Peacock (school psychology faculty at Utah State University) on developing a valid and reliable measure of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) knowledge for the general population. We are also examining parents' knowledge of ASD. Data for this study will be collected through Amazon's Mechanical Turk.


Speech-in-noise in children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) & THE EFFECTS OF BACKGROUND NOISE ON READING FLUENCY AND COMPREHENSION FOR CHILDREN WITH AND WITHOUT ASD

Do you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12 with or without Autism? Researchers in the Psychology and Communication Disorders departments at Utah State University are looking for research participants for a study involving how children process speech and complete academic tasks in challenging listening environments. The study will consist of 2 sessions, lasting approximately 1½ hours each. Participants will be compensated with a $10 gift card after the completion of session 1 and a $20 gift card after the completion of session 2. Participants will also receive an age-appropriate book or toy after the completion of both sessions.

If you would like more information, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes at 435-797-6373 or sprlusu@gmail.com.

This study was approved by the Utah State University IRB. Protocol #7806.


THE EFFECTS OF A MINDFULNESS INTERVENTION ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING AND ATTENTION IN COLLEGE STUDENTS. 

SPRL is collaborating with Donna Gilbertson (school psychology faculty at USU) and Julia Englund Strait and Gerald Strait (school psychology faculty at the University of Houston Clear Lake) on a study investigating the effects of a brief app-based mindfulness intervention on attention, working memory, and anxiety in college students. Participation includes attending 2 in-clinic visits (1.5-2 hours each) and completion of a independent practice/assignment for 10 minutes a day for 7 days. Participants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at USU, a native english speaker, and at least 18 years of age.

If you would like more information, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes at 435-797-6373 or sprlusu@gmail.com.This study was approved by the Utah State University IRB. Protocol #7915.