ERIC Number: EJ1049456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Nationally Certified School Psychologists' Use and Reported Barriers to Using Evidence-Based Interventions in Schools: The Influence of Graduate Program Training and Education
Hicks, Taylor B.; Shahidullah, Jeffrey D.; Carlson, John S.; Palejwala, Mohammed H.
School Psychology Quarterly, v29 n4 p469-487 Dec 2014
The purpose of this study was to empirically investigate Nationally Certified School Psychologists' (NCSP) training in and use of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for child behavior concerns as well as their reported implementation barriers. A modified Tailored Design Method (TDM; Dillman, Smyth, & Christian, 2009) using up to four mail-based participant contacts was used to obtain survey data (72% usable response rate; n = 392) from a randomly selected national sample of 548 currently practicing NCSPs. Lack of time was rated as the most serious barrier to behavioral EBI implementation, followed by a lack of necessary resources, and financial constraints. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of respondents reported a perceived inadequacy of graduate program training in behavioral EBIs, with a statistically significant difference found between respondents who attended American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited/National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-approved programs and those who did not. These findings highlight the significant barriers school psychologists encounter when attempting to implement behavioral EBIs within applied practice, as well as the importance of graduate program training in implementation science. Implications for training, practice, and research are discussed.
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Intervention, Evidence, Barriers, Graduate Study, Professional Education, Program Implementation, Child Behavior, National Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Familiarity, Educational Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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