May 28, 2008
Five faculty, 43 graduate students and eight alumni from St.
John’s University’s School
Psychology Program traveled to New Orleans to attend the National Association of School
Psychologists (NASP) annual convention.
The NASP Convention attracts a large number of school
psychologists each year, both graduate students and academics, to
network and present the latest research in the field. This
year’s program included lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtable
discussions, and oral and poster presentations. The theme was
Resilience: Building Strength for Life.
St. John’s faculty and graduate students delivered an impressive
total of 18 presentations on their newest research in the field of
school psychology. This level of participation and the
quality of the presentations and research highlights the
outstanding work currently being conducted at St. John’s
Chelsea Grefe, a graduate student in the School Psychology
doctoral program, said that attending the 2008 NASP Annual
Convention helped her gain greater insight into the field of school
psychology and gave her the opportunity to converse with other
professionals in the field. Grefe attended many of the
informative sessions offered, including one on suicide prevention
and school mental health.
“I was also extremely impressed with a web-based documentary on
high school seniors during the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. The students’ resilience, despite the growing
devastation around them, was inspiring. They remind us that,
as future practitioners, although we are taught to guide and lead
students through their academic career, we must be conscious of
what we can learn from them as well."
Although students and faculty from the School Psychology Program
have been attending the NASP annual conventions since the 1980s,
the 2008 Convention marked the highest number of research projects
accepted from St. John’s. Applicants throughout the nation
submit their research for an opportunity to present at NASP because
the Convention is prestigious, honoring the critical role of school
psychology. To be accepted as a presenter at this nationally
recognized conference is an honor for any participant.
“The number and quality of faculty and student presentations
this year were truly impressive,” remarked St. John’s Associate
Mark Terjesen, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs in School
Psychology. “We have always had a strong presence at NASP and other
professional conferences, and the strength of our program was
demonstrated in the number of presentations accepted. The
practice of school psychology is only as good as the science on
which it stands. I believe that our students and faculty
represent the best, most current science.”
School psychologists help children and youth succeed
academically, socially, and emotionally. They work with
educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy
and supportive learning environments for all students that will
strengthen connections between home and school.
For more information about the graduate programs in School
Psychology, please contact Dr. Mark Terjesen, Program Director, at