Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
The graduate programs in School Psychology draw upon the teaching and research capabilities of more than 40 faculty members of the Department of Psychology, representing several fields of psychology. Illinois State University has the second largest psychology department in Illinois.
School Psychology faculty members are active in teaching, research, and service. Many are engaged in the practice of school psychology serving as consultants to local school districts, and maintaining independent practices in the community. Several faculty members have received federal and state grants that provide services to children and adolescents and additional training opportunities for school psychology trainees. Our faculty members are also active in leadership roles in local, state, and national professional associations including the American Psychological Association(APA), National Association of School Psychologists(NASP), and Illinois School Psychologists Association(ISPA). The School Psychology faculty members have published books, research articles, and assessment instruments and have presented papers at national and state professional conferences.
Dr. Gary Cates received his training in educational psychology in an APA- and NASP-approved program in school psychology from Mississippi State University. His research includes academic instruction and interventions, data-based decision making, and applied behavior analysis in educational environments. He teaches PSY 421 Advanced Behavior Modification and PSY 435 Academic Assessment and Intervention, and supervises trainees as part of PSY 436.04 Practicum: Psychoeducational Assessment and advanced practica (PSY 590). He also coordinates the Academic Intervention Consultation Services and the Multidisciplinary Psychoeducational Assessment Service at the Psychological Services Center (PSC), which provides academic intervention and research services for students with academic difficulties. Dr. Cates serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Education and Journal of Evidenced-Based Practices for Schools. Dr. Cates is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) licensed school psychologist.
Dr. Karla Doepke received her training in child-clinical psychology from West Virginia University. She completed an internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research and training includes research-to-practice issues, evaluating the efficacy of prevention and intervention programs, autism, and efficacy of training models. Dr. Doepke is the director of The Autism Place, an Illinois State Affiliate Site, which is funded through The Autism Program of Illinois. She supervises trainees in PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment and advanced practica (PSY 590). Dr. Doepke received over $1,000,000 in grants for her research and practice activities. Dr. Doepke is an Illinois Department of Professional Regulation licensed clinical psychologist (Alabama).
Dr. Steven E. Landau received his training in school psychology with a specialty in child psychopathology, particularly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), from The University of Iowa. He conducts research on ADHD, bullying, and children's disturbed peer relations. Dr. Landau teaches PSY 347 Behavior Disorders in Children, PSY 503 Doctoral Research ProSeminar in School Psychology, and PSY 547 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Dr. Landau received Illinois State's College of Arts and Science Outstanding Social Science Researcher Award and the School Psychology Review Editorial Excellence Award. He currently serves as associate editor of the NASP Communiqué and Psychology in the Schools, and is chair of the NASP Research Committee. He is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education grant, through the Illinois Professional Learners' Partnership, designed to enhance teacher training through collaboration among different departments, universities, and high-need public schools. Dr. Landau is an ISBE licensed school psychologist.
Dr. Adena B. Meyers received her training in clinical and community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducts research in the areas of school-based prevention and intervention, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood,and social-emotional learning. Dr. Meyers teaches PSY 474 Theory and Practice of Mental Health Consultation in the Schools. She supervises trainees in PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment and advanced practica (PSY 590) in settings such as a school-based health center. Dr. Meyers is an Illinois Department of Professional Regulation licensed clinical psychologist.
Dr. Leandra Parris received her training in an APA-approved program in school psychology from Georgia State University. Her research includes the effects of peer-victimization, coping with bullying and cyberbullying, and crisis intervention/prevention in the school setting. She supervises trainees in PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment and is a research mentor for PSY 402 Applied Research Experiences in School Psychology. Dr. Parris is an ISBE licensed school psychologist.
Dr. Mark E. Swerdlik received his training in school psychology with a specialty in psychological assessment and consultation from Michigan State University. Since 1987, Dr. Swerdlik has been the program coordinator for the graduate programs in School Psychology. His writing and research focuses on professional issues in school psychology, psychological assessment, alternative service delivery, including Problem Solving/Response to Intervention, and reintegration challenges for National Guard soldiers returning from war and their families. He teaches PSY 472 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology and PSY 536 Seminar and Practicum in Supervision of School Psychological Services, and supervises trainees in PSY 436.04 Practicum: Psychoeducational Assessment and advanced practica (PSY 590) in Head Start and in settings where advanced doctoral trainees provide clinical supervision. Dr. Swerdlik also coordinates the Child/Adolescent Psychoeducational Assessment Service at the PSC. Recently, Dr. Swerdlik received a grant from the National Guard Association of Illinois to conduct research on the effectiveness of the Illinois National Guard Reintegration Program for combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This grant also funds research on military families including the impact of parental deployment on children.
Dr. Swerdlik serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and Journal of Applied School Psychology. He also coordinates professional growth workshops for the annual NASP conference, and serves as co-chair for the NASP Graduate Education Workgroup. From 1987-2012, he served as the chair of the Directors of University School Psychology Programs. Dr. Swerdlik is an APA Division 16 Fellow, and a Diplomate in School Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Assessment Psychology. In 2014, He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Swerdlik is an ISBE licensed school psychologist, an Illinois Department of Professional Regulation licensed clinical psychologist, and a nationally certified school psychologist.
Dr. Renée M. Tobin received a mater's degree in social psychology and doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Tobin's research focuses on personality and social development. She is particularly interested in individual differences in responsiveness to social-emotional learning programs, emotional experience, regulation, and communication, and linking basic research to clinical practice. She teaches PSY 473 Theories and Techniques of Counseling Children and Adolescents. She supervises trainees in PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment. Currently, Dr. Tobin serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment as an editorial board member for the Journal of School Psychology, and as the faculty advisor for the Graduate Association of School Psychology at Illinois State. As a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Society, she served as president of the ISU/IWU chapter for the 2008-09 and 2011-12 academic years. She also served as acting director of Illinois States' University Assessment Services from September 2009 through May 2011. Dr. Tobin is the recipient of a University Research Initiative Award, College of Arts and Sciences Research Enhancement Award, and University Teaching Initiative Award. Dr. Tobin is an ISBE licensed school psychologist.