Retrospect and prospect regarding school psychology scholarship: Reflections of Lightner Witmer award winners.

Shane R. Jimerson, Susan M. Sheridan, Jessica A. Hoffman, Robin S. Codding, Tanya L. Eckert

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Abstract

This article provides reflections on several key elements important for establishing and sustaining successful research trajectories and scholarship within the field. Developed by several Lightner Witmer Award recipients, the article highlights several of Lightner Witmer's experiences and pioneering contributions, including the importance of his own mentors, collaborations with interdisciplinary professionals, and his emphasis on the relevance of scientific research programs and the practical implications for helping children. In an effort to move the field forward, we discuss important elements relevant to developing and sustaining successful research programs in school psychology including the importance of mentorship, collaboration, research methodologies, replicability, extramural funding, and dissemination. Throughout, we emphasize the importance of conducting research within the school context, which is consistent with the important influence of ecological systems articulated by Conoley, Powers, and Gutkin (2020), and reflects the hallmark of school psychology scholarship as an applied science. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved) <strong xmlns:lang="en">Impact and Implications—This article reviewed Lightner Witmer's early pioneering contributions to the field of school psychology, discussed important elements associated with school psychology scholarship, and emphasized the importance of conducting research within the school context, which reflects the hallmark of school psychology scholarship as an applied science. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-418
Number of pages10
JournalSchool Psychology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Lightner Witmer
  • scholarship
  • school psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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