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Scott Merydith

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-7980
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Scott Merydith

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, M.Ed., Ph.D., Kent State University

Bio

Professor Merydith has been at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 2002. He is the former chair of the Department of School Psychology (2002- 2010) and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 2011. He has published in the area of personality assessment with a focus on investigating the effectiveness of validity scales in detecting the response-taking attitudes of adolescents. Most recently in research focus has been on the history of the mental testing movement in the United States. He is currently at work on a book, The Mental Testing of Ellis Island Immigrants from 1908 – 1918. Dr. Merydith is also a licensed psychologist in the state of New York.

Positions Held:

  • Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 1992-1997
  • Associate Professor, George Mason University, 1997 – 2002
  • Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2002 – 2008
  • Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2008 - Present
585-475-7980

Currently Teaching

PSYC-757
1 - 3 Credits
This course is designed to allow the student to focus on a given special topic or area of research relative to school psychology. Such topics or activities may include selected readings, assessment techniques, direct intervention skills, or indirect intervention skills. This course may be offered from 1 to 3 credit hours depending on the specific topic covered.
PSYC-603
3 Credits
This course reviews the laws and ethical principles that affect the practice of school psychologists within a school-community systems context.
PSYC-631
3 Credits
This course concentrates on the development of theory and applied skills in intellectual assessment. Students learn to select and administer individual intelligence tests, to interpret results, to form test-based recommendations for intervention, and to provide written and oral reports. Assessment of persons who are culturally different or disabled is emphasized.
PSYC-730
3 Credits
This is an applied course in linking the diagnostic assessment of exceptional children and adolescents to recommendations for appropriate interventions. Students learn to select and develop a plan of assessment for a variety of referral questions. Students continue to learn and expand their skills in administering tests. Students primarily learn to interpret, and integrate test data and report the results and recommendations for parents, teachers and multidisciplinary evaluation teams. This course is offered to second-year students matriculating in the school psychology program.
PSYC-632
3 Credits
This course uses interviews, behavioral observations, rating scales, and projective measures for the assessment of child and adolescent personality and adaptive behavior. Students gain experience in administering, interpreting, and reporting results of measures currently used in the practice of psychology in the schools.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Merydith, Scott, et al. "Mental Testing of Ellis Island Immigrants: A Distant Mirror." Communique 45. 7 (2017): 1, 31-33. Print.
Merydith, S. P. "The Relationship of Students' Personality Traits and Psychosocial Characteristics with Academic Retention." Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice 13. 4 (2012): 457-478. Print.