PROFESSOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS: RECENT PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PRESS EXPOSURE
Dr. Suzanne Graney:
Dr. Graney is an activist for Response to Intervention (RTI), and much of her current research and activities deals with this current trend in the field of school psychology. Dr. Graney was part of two presentations at the NYASP conference in October, 2006. She gave a presentation entitled "Using a curriculum-based evaluation approach to develop and monitor effective reading interventions", and presented a part on assessment and RTI in a presentation entitled "Putting 'It' Into Best Practice". She is also going to present a paper at the NASP conference entitled, "Establishing common ground: School psychologists and the Developmental Reading Assessment”. Furthermore, Dr. Graney is in the process of finalizing an article entitled, "Teacher accuracy in judging student progress in reading", which will be submitted for publication before the end of December. She is also working with two former students, Teri Lawson and Janette Keyser, on preparing their theses for journal publications.
Dr. Graney has also secured a small grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology to conduct a study investigating whether weekly progress monitoring has direct benefits to low-performing general education students. She is in the process of recruiting schools to participate in this study. After recruiting the teacher and student participants, she plans on hiring students from within the program to collect data for 8 weeks. This opportunity provides RIT’s school psychology students with a valuable experience in the schools and with research.
Besides all the research Dr. Graney is involved in, she continues to work on the state-level RTI expert advisory group. The group has met twice in Albany, and Dr. Graney keeps in contact with leaders at the State Education Department to work on developing regulations in implementing RTI. The group’s next step will be to develop a guidance document, and finally a professional development plan. Dr. Graney expects to continue working with this grouop at least until the end of this school year. Furthermore, Dr. Graney continues to work with school districts across the state, training staff to administer and score DIBELS and other curriculum-based measures, and providing on-site support in implementing problem-solving practices, universal screening, data-based goal setting and progress monitoring, and using data to inform a variety of instructional decisions.
As the Chapter D NYASP representative, Dr. Graney attends board meetings and is currently heading the committee for the NYASP 2008 conference to be held in Rochester. She works with her newly-appointed alternate representative, Samantha Hiotakis, and together they have scheduled monthly chapter meetings to be held on the RIT campus from now until June, 2007.
At RIT, Dr. Graney also continues to be an active member of the College of Liberal Arts Strategic Planning Steering Committee. The committee meets for 2 hours per week, and the committee’s goal is to lead faculty in developing a long-range plan to implement and reinforce the college’s core values over the next 5 years or so.
Dr. Vincent Pandolfi:
Dr. Pandolfi’s recent research reflects his interest in the assessment and educational programming for students with Autism Spectrum disorders. In June 2006, Dr. Pandolfi presented two posters at the International Meeting For Autism Research in Montreal, CA. Dr. Pandolfi has also recently published the following:
Magyar, C.I. & Pandolfi, V. (in press). Factor structure evaluation of the Childhood
Autism Rating Scale. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Magyar, C.I., Pandolfi, V., & Peterson, C. (2006). Psychoeducational assessment. In
Jacobson, J. & Mulick, J.A. (Eds.). Handbook of Intellectual and DevelopmentalDisabilities. New York: Springer.
In addition, Dr. Pandolfi is in the process of preparing the following research studies:
Pandolfi, V., Magyar, C.I., Dill, C.A., & McGuire, C. Utility of the Child
Behavior Checklist in the assessment of psychopathology in children with
autism spectrum disorders.
Pandolfi, V., Magyar, C.I., & Dill, C.A. Factor structure of the CBCL 1.5-5 in children with
autism spectrum disorders.
Magyar, C.I. & Pandolfi, V. Designing inclusive programming for elementary students with
autism: Initial program evaluation.
Magyar, C.I. & Pandolfi, V. Designing educational programming for school-aged
students with autism spectrum disorders: A case study of organizational change.
Dr. Jennifer Lukomski:
Dr. Lukomski is currently working on a grant writing project entitled "The Impact of Cochlear Implants on Social Emotional Growth". In November 2006 she visited Nottingham, England to collaborate with people from the Ear Foundation of the U.K. in regards to this grant project.