American Psychological Association Honors School Psychology Faculty

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: August 18, 2015

Dr. William A. Rae, clinical professor of school psychology and director of the Counseling & Assessment Clinic, was recently elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the Division of Society of Pediatric Psychology.  

The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

The association determines fellows as individuals whose work has had a national impact on the discipline through research, teaching, and/or service to the profession. Each Division makes nominations that are then acted on by the APA Membership Committee and Council of Representatives.

Dr. Nathan Clemens was also honored with the Lightner Witmer Early Career Award. Each year the APA’s Division of School Psychology (Division 16) presents the Lightner Witmer Award to a young professional and academic school psychologist who has demonstrated scholarship that merits special recognition. Since joining Texas A&M University in 2009, Dr. Clemens’ work has focused on the assessment and prevention of reading difficulties in children and youth.

This year's award was presented at the annual meeting on behalf of the Executive Committee and Division members, at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada.

The committee noted, "Dr. Clemens' outstanding research program focuses on detecting individual differences in children that can be used to inform accurate and efficient evaluation of students’ reading progress within a prevention science framework. Given the impact high-quality early intervention in literacy can have on students’ academic trajectories, a critical arena has been developing and evaluating measures to improve the state of science regarding data-based decision making. He approaches these issues from multiple perspectives, combining an educator’s sensitivity to practical utility and a researcher’s perspective on high-quality methodology."

Past CEHD faculty presented with the Lightner Witmer award include Dr. Cynthia Riccio (1999) and Dr. Cecil Reynolds (1980).