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Spotlight: Kenneth W. Merrell

Kenneth W. Merrell

Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association recently announced that Dr. Kenneth W. Merrell as the recipient of the 2011 Division 16 Senior Scientist Award. The Senior Scientist Award is given to a distinguished member of the School Psychology community in recognition of a career-long program of scholarship reflecting outstanding contributions to the science base of the profession. This award is the Division’s highest level of recognition for excellence in science.

Currently a Professor at the University of Oregon,Dr. Merrell served as the director of the School Psychology program in the Psychology Department at Utah State University from 1991-1997. He was instrumental in achieving NASP-approval for the school psychology program and enhancing the training in the area of school and child clinical psychology. At the University of Oregon, Dr. Merrell coordinated the Oregon Resiliency Project which focused on research and development of the Strong Kids program. Strong Kids was designed for promoting social and emotional learning for students in pre-k through 12th grade. Strong Kids is being implemented in schools across the U.S. and has benefited thousands of children and families.

Dr. Merrell has had a sustained record of scholarly contributions to the field of school psychology over the past two and a half decades. He is an author on over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as numerous books, book chapters, and assessment instruments. His work has appeared in all of the major school psychology journals and is widely cited by others in the field. Several of Dr. Merrell’s books, including Behavioral, social, and emotional assessment of children and adolescents (now in its 3rd edition) and School psychology for the 21st century: Foundations and practices (currently being revised for a 2nd edition due out later in 2011) are widely adopted as text books in school psychology training programs.

Dr. Merrell serves as series editor of the Practical Interventions in the Schools series published by Guilford Press. The first book in this series was one that Dr. Merrell published in 2001 on treatment of anxiety and depression in the schools (Helping students overcome depression and anxiety: A practical guide). There are now 27 books in print that are part of this series, many of which are utilized as core or supplemental texts in school psychology training programs and/or continuing education materials by practicing school psychologists in the field. Dr. Merrell’s dedication to seeing this series grow, his feedback and support to authors, and his interest in expanding the coverage of topics within this series are laudable. As a group, these books serve as an impressive resource for school psychologists covering most of the key areas of practice in school psychology.

In addition to Dr. Merrell’s individual impact, he has also made numerous contributions to the research and clinical training of future generations of school psychologists. Dr. Merrell frequently publishes with his students and in a 2005 study, he was ranked 1st in the number of articles co-authored with graduate students in school psychology journals from 1991-2003.

Dr. Merrell’s dedication to the field of school psychology and to future trainers and practitioners is simply outstanding. He is amazing trainer, scholar, and mentor. The field of school psychology, including the training program at Utah State University is stronger because of Dr. Merrell’s contributions. Congratulations, Dr. Merrell on this outstanding achievement!

In honor of Dr. Merrell, a new scholarship is being established in the Psychology Department. The Kenneth W. Merrell School Psychology Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving graduate student in the department who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the field of School Psychology. To support this scholarship (or any scholarship within the department) click here.