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We are excited to announce that the & Lab will be attending the 2020 NASP Convention in Baltimore, Maryland to present on multiple studies! The following studies will be included in next year’s convention:

Analyzing Life Satisfaction in Children with and Without Disabilities

  • Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, Kaelah Bakner, Maryellen McClain Verdoes

App-Based Mindfulness Interventions for Students with and Without Disabilities

  • Chandler Benney, Megan Golson, Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Single-Case Design Research in School Psychology Journals: 2010-2018 (Poster)

  • Cassity Haverkamp, Chandler Benney, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Tiffany Otero

An App-Based Early Academic Skills Intervention for Children with ASD

  • Cassity Haverkamp, Megan Golson

A systematic Review of American Indians in School Psychology Research (Poster)

  • Kandice Benallie, Megan Golson, Tyus Roanhorse, Cassity Haverkamp, Maryellen McClain Verdoes

American Indians’ Perceptions of Disabilities: A Review (Poster)

  • Tyus Roanhorse, Kandice Benallie, Cassity Haverkamp, Megan Golson

School-Based ASD Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

  • Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Cassity Haverkamp, Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney

Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among School-Based Professionals 

  • Megan Golson, Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris

Mini Skills: Identifying Autism in Schools: Meeting Underserved, Diverse Population Needs

  • Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Kawena Begay, Tiffany Otero, Terisa Gabrielsen, Bryn Harris


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A huge congratulations to the AND Lab’s research assistant, Kandice Benallie, on receiving a Psi Chi Graduate Student Research Grant and a Graduate Research and Creative Opportunities (GRCO) grant for her research project- Perceptions and Knowledge of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Among Navajo Parents. You rock, Kandice!


The AND Lab’s most recent publication! For this article, Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Brynn Harris (University of Colorado Denver) and Rick Cruz (Utah State University), as well as graduate students Cassity Haverkamp, Kandice Benallie, and Chandler Benney.

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Posters Presented at INSAR 2019 (Montreal, Canada)

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INSAR 2019

& Lab graduate research assistants Cassity Haverkamp, Megan Golson, and Kandice Benallie joined Maryellen McClain Verdoes in Montreal, Canada to present at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual conference!


Check out our newest publication! For this article, Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Brynn Harriss (University of Colorado Denver) and Sarah Schwartz (Utah State University), as well as graduate students Kandice Benallie, Megan Golson, and Chandler Benney. Click here if you would like to read it.


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RMPA 2019

& Lab research assistants Jennifer Ha (left) and Megan Golson (right) presenting at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association annual conference in Denver, Colorado!


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Here is a recent publication the &Lab contributed to! For this article, Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Jeffrey Shahidullah (Michigan State University), Katherine Mezher (Miami University), and Sarah Schwartz (Utah State University), as well as graduate students Cassity Haverkamp and Kandice Benallie. Click here if you would like to read it.


Check out the new publication! For this article, Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with graduate student, Monica Muncy, and Dr. Sarah Yoho from the Speech & Auditory Perception (SAP) Lab at Utah State University.

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Utah State University was well represented at the 2019 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! The & Lab had eight presentations this year.


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This April two members from the & Lab, Megan Golson and Jennifer Ha, will be attending the 2019 annual RMPA Convention in Denver, CO to present on the following research posters:

- ADHD Service Provision for Racial/Ethnic Minorities: A Review

- Attention and Reading Correlation Differences in School-Aged Children with ASD and Typically Developing Children


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Excited to announce that the & Lab will be attending the 2019 INSAR Meeting in Montreal, Canada to present on multiple studies! The following studies will be included in next year’s convention:

The Current State of ASD Knowledge in the General Population (Poster)

- By Kandice Benallie and Megan Golson

Construct Validity of the ASRS in a Non-Clinical Diverse Sample (Poster)

- By Megan Golson, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris

Reading Skills in ASD and Learning Disabilities (Poster)

- By Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Effects of Background Noise on Reading Fluency And Comprehension For Children With And Without ASD (Poster)

- By Cassity Haverkamp


Drs. McClain Verdoes, Katy Mezher (Miami University), Jeffrey Shahidullah (Rutgers University), Laura Lee McIntyre (University of Oregon), and Jonathan Safter-Lichtenstein (University of Oregon) at APA in August! They will be conducting a symposium on the collaboration between the educational and medical homes in service provision for students with ASD.

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Check out the new publication! For this article, Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Julia Strait (University of Houston- Clear Lake), Peg Dawson, Christine Walther (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Gerald Gill Strait (University of Houston- Clear Lake), and Amy Barton (University of Huston).


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Excited to announce that the & Lab will be attending the 2019 NASP Convention in Atlanta, GA to present on multiple studies! The following studies will be included in next year’s convention:

Analyzing Life Satisfaction in Children with Disabilities (Poster)

- By Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Knowledge of ASD in the General and Parent Populations (Paper Presentation)

- By Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, Gretchen Peacock, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, and Bryn Harris

Comparing Two Emotion Identification Interventions for Children with ASD (Paper Presentation)

- By Cassity Haverkamp and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Assessing Graduate Training on ASD Assessment Through Syllabi Content Analysis (Poster)

- By Savannah Cavender, Cassity Haverkamp, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris, and Tiffany Otero

Effectiveness of a Leter-Writing App Intervention for Children with ASD (Poster)

- By Megan Golson, Cassity Haverkamp, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Mindfulness on Academic Stress and Reading for Students with SLD (Poster)

- By Chandler Benney, Megan Heyborne, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Assessing Autism in School Settings: Meeting Underserved, Diverse Populations Needs (Mini Skills)

- By Terisa Gabrielsen, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris, Kavena Begay, and Tiffany Otero

The ESQ-R: Assessing Executive Skills within an MTSS Model (Mini Skills)

- By Julia Strait, Peg Dawson, Gill Strait, and Maryellen Mclain Verdoes


Make sure to check out the following link to The Harald Journal, where Maryellen McClain Verdoes served as a guest columnist on an article about school psychologists and how they help prevent suicide.

https://www.hjnews.com/opinion/columns/guest-commentary-school-psychologists-help-prevent-suicide/article_feb4ef9f-91bc-57dc-abdd-d0036d3f651f.html


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Check out the new publication in Clinical Pediatrics! Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Shahidullah (Rutgers the State University of New Jersey), Azad (Johns Hopkins), Mezher (Miami University), and McIntyre (University of Oregon) on a commentary discussing linking the educational and medical home when serving children with ASD.


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Dr. McClain Verdoes and two & Lab graduate research assistants (Cassity Haverkamp, Fiona Molsberry) recently collaborated with Dr. Otero (University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability) on their most recent article published in Psychology in the Schools.


SPRL graduate research assistants Chandler Benney (left) and Kandice Olson (right) presenting at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April!

RMPA 2018

& Lab graduate research assistants Chandler Benney (left) and Kandice Olson (right) presenting at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April!


NASP 2018

Several & Lab research students traveled to Chicago for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual conference. & Lab graduate research assistant Cassity Haverkamp presented a poster on the effectiveness of various emotion identification interventions for students with ASD at the NASP.

SPRL research assistants Chandler Benney, Kandice Olson, and Cassity Haverkamp exploring Chicago while at NASP!

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Cassity at her poster at NASP.


URLEND and Riley Hospital for Children LEND trainees and Dr. McClain Verdoes at their AUCD poster presentation.

#AUCD 2017 - Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes presented on assessing LEND trainees knowledge of ASD with occupational therapy and psychology trainees from Utah regional LEND, Riley Hospital for Children, and Indiana University at AUCD in Washington, DC. Nice interdisciplinary and cross university collaboration everyone!


Check out our most recent publication! Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disability by Drs. McClain Verdoes, Hasty Mills (Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center), and Murphy (University of Tennessee Health Science Center).


Cassie Bovee, undergraduate research assistant with the Speech and Auditory Perception Lab (SAP LAB) at Utah State University, presented on the effects background noise has on speech perception for children who have ASD at the USU Student Research Symposium today! The & Lab and SAP LAB are collaborating on an on-going project examining the effects of background noise on speech perception and reading performance in children with and without ASD. 

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Cassie and SAP LAB director, Dr. Sarah Yoho Leopold


Excited to announce that Maryellen McClain Verdoes and Cassity Haverkamp will be conducting a workshop on differential diagnoses during the ASD assessment process at the Brigham Young University Autism Translational Research Workshop in January!