School Psychology Research Team

Welcome to the homepage for the School Psychology Research Team at Central Washington University. Please look around the site for more information about the Research Team and current projects.

Both graduate students and undergraduate students are typically welcome to join the Research Team. Students who are on the Research Team may take PSY495 or PSY595 Directed Research credits for participation.

The Research Team is currently focused on two particular themes within the field of school psychology. The first is school psychology services for English Language learners, and the second is the school psychology shortage and recruitment of students. See the “Research Themes” section of this website for more information on the focus of theses themes. Projects typically include both quantitative (survey, analysis of archival data) and qualitative methods and at any given time a number of projects may be in various states of completion.

The research team is a great place to learn more about both the topics we are studying as well as how to conduct research. We welcome students at all levels of preparation, ranging from advanced graduate students to beginning undergraduates. Tasks and responsibilities are assigned based on knowledge and preparation, with the goal of helping all members of the group learn and develop as researchers. The requirements are to attend meetings and contribute as you are able to based on your level of development. Opportunities for co-authorship on posters and publications are available for students on level of contributions to projects.

The research team will meet on a regular basis every 1 to 2 weeks, and students are welcome to be involved in all aspects of the projects, including literature reviews, development of studies, data collection and analysis, and writing and reporting of the research results.

If you are interested in joining the research team, please contact Dr. Marrs at

Are you interested in the field of School Psychology?
If so, here is an good article about what school psychology is like: Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2020 – Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

Also, a good place to start is the website of the National Association of School Psychologists. The website is National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (