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EDP students present research at annual poster symposium

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By: Jo Ann Jones/ College of Education and Human Development



More than 40 graduate students from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Department of Educational Psychology presented their research at the third annual UTSA School Psychology Symposium and Reception on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Downtown Campus.



The research presented ranged from literature reviews to statistical studies to case studies, and spanned a variety of hot topics related to the school psychology field. Much of this research was conducted during the required Practicum in School Psychology course.


“I was very pleased to see the level of research and service that has been provided to our schools and community,” said Dr. Norma Guerra, chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. “Our students are trained as scientist-practitioners and these posters exemplified these skills.”


During the practicum course this semester, Shehreen Tariq developed a case study that looked at behavioral problems in adolescent females. She used data collected over the course of six weeks to develop a mood check-in intervention for a 16-year-old student. Tariq then implemented this intervention with the student for seven weeks.



“My intervention was once a week, 45-minute counseling sessions plus a mood check-in, which required her to circle a number one through five that was attached to a smiley face based on her mood,” said Tariq. “Once she identified how she felt, she had to write out two statements about why she felt like that, and then I would require her to write a positive statement. I was trying to replace her negative thoughts with positive ones.”


For Ashley Bonner, her research into addressing issues of relational aggression, or bullying, in young children led to the discovery of programs that help combat these issues.


“One of the programs that I found that seemed to be effective with both boys and girls is the PRAISE program, Preventing Relational Aggression in Schools Everyday,” said Bonner. “It involves

cognitive reframing, so it helps kids for when they get into an ambiguous situation to not automatically think people are aggressive or trying to be negative towards them because then the kids act that way. It’s about trying to get over that cycle.”



This is the third year the department has hosted the symposium, which is designed to showcase student work and celebrate the breadth of research conducted in the School Psychology program. The quality of research demonstrated this year is something Guerra said she’s proud of.


“These students have been trained to report and provide evidence-based research and services, and that is exactly what they have demonstrated with their work,” said Guerra. “The quality of this work is a showcase and a pride point for all of us dedicated to quality services in the schools.”

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