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Office: Skaggs Bldg. 367
Phone: (406) 243-2917
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Current Position:

Assistant Professor of Psychology

School Psychology Program

Department of Psychology


Dr. Anisa Goforth is an assistant professor of psychology in the School Psychology Program at the University of Montana. Her research primarily focuses on culturally responsive evidence-based practices in school psychology. She is interested in understanding culturally responsive ways to support children and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is interested in the implementation of social-emotional interventions, particularly social skills interventions for children with autism. She has developed a treatment protocol for social skills along with Jennifer Schoffer Closson (Dept of Communicative Sciences) called Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI). Finally, Dr. Goforth has interests in professional competence of school psychologists. She is interested in ways that school psychologists' cultural competence, how they use ethical practices in culturally diverse communities, and professional issues related to technology and social media.

Dr. Goforth received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. She received her Masters of Arts in School Psychologyin 2006 and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology in 2011 from Michigan State University (NASP approved, APA-Accredited). She conducted her dissertation investigating acculturation and psychological adjustment among Arab American adolescents. She also completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University, which is part of the Illinois School Psychology Consortium (NASP approved, APA-accredited).

An Australian and U.S. citizen, Dr. Goforth grew up in Yemen, Indonesia, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Pakistan and spoke four languages. She continues to enjoy traveling, having been to over 45 countries. She also enjoys reading historical fiction, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, playing ice hockey, and hiking with her dog Luna.

Office Hours:

Please see Department of Psychology office for updated office hours. 

Field Of Study:

school psychology

multicultural school psychology

social-emotional interventions and therapy

evidence-based practices

professional and training issues in school psychology

Research Interests:

Multicultural issues in School Psychology

Cultural competence training of school psychologists

Children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Evidence-based practices

Social Skills interventions for children with autism 

Social-emotional interventions

Culturally-adapted treatments

School-based mental health care


Undergraduate Courses

  1. PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology
  2. PSYX 345 Child & Adolescent Psychological Disorders

Graduate Courses:

  1. PSYX524 Tests & Measurements
  2. PSYX587 School Psychology Methods (First & Second Year practicum)
  3. PSYX583 Educational Assessment & Intervention  


Hiking, camping, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, playing softball and ice hockey, reading, playing with my dog Luna


2011     Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology, Michigan State University

2007     Masters of Arts in School Psychology, Michigan State University

2000     Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Lewis & Clark College

Clinical Licenses:

Licensed Psychology (Montana) 

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)     License #41285

Educator Licensure, Class 6, State of Montana       License #87674

Teaching Experience:

Elementary Teacher, Computers, Northbridge International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

School Counselor, Northbridge International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


National Association of School Psychologists

American Psychological Association

Trainers of School Psychologists

Montana Association of School Psychologists

International Experience:

A dual citizen of Australia and U.S., Dr. Goforth has lived in Yemen, Indonesia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Cambodia and the United States. She has also traveled to over 45 countries across the world.


2013 Student Affairs Faculty Award

Selected Publications:

Other Publications:

*Indicates UM graduate student

#Indicates UM undergraduate student

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Goforth, A.N., Pham, A.V., & Oka, E. R. (2015). Parent-child conflict, acculturation gap, and behavior problems in Arab American adolescents. ├»┬╗┬┐Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology.doi: 10.1177/0022022115585140. Link to Abstract.

Goforth, A.N., *Rennie, B., *Hammond, J. & Closson, J. (2015). Strategies for data collection in social skill group interventions: A case study for children with autism. Intervention in School and Clinic, 5.

Goforth, A.N., Oka, E. R., Leong, F. T., & Denis, D. (2014). Acculturation, acculturative stress, religiosity, and psychological adjustment among Muslim Arab American adolescents. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 8. doi:

Pham, A., Goforth, A.N., Segool, N., & Burt, I. (2014). Social networking in school psychology programs: A national survey of faculty and graduate students. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 8, 130-143. Link to abstract.

Segool, N., Goforth, A.N., White, H., Loschiavo, M., & Gonzalez, A. (2014). Exploratory analysis of school psychologists’ social networking: Recommendations for graduate training. Trainers’ Forum.

Segool, N., Carlson, J., Goforth, A. N., Von der Embse, N., & Barterian, J. (2013). Heightened test anxiety among young children: Elementary school students’ anxious responses to high-stakes testing. Psychology in the Schools, doi: 10.1002/pits.21689 Link to abstract.

Plavnick, J. B., Ferreri, S. J., Mannes, T. J., Maupin, A. N., Stewart, L. S., Goforth, A. N., Palmer, D., Sportsman, E. L., Carlson, J. S., & Oka, E. R. (2012). Experimental comparison of brief behavioral and developmental language training for a young child with autism. Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. 5, 35-41. Link to article.

Book Chapters

*Yosai, E., Goforth, A. N., & *Shindorf, Z. (in press). Social Caring. In R. Summers (Ed.), Social psychology: How other people influence our thoughts and actions.

*Shindorf, Z., Goforth, A. N., & *Yosai, E. (in press). Stereotypes and its impact. In R. Summers (Ed.), Social psychology: How other people influence our thoughts and actions.

Pham, A., Goforth, A.N., Murray, M.O., & Fine, J. (in press). Multicultural neuropsychological assessment of children with learning disabilities. Enduring and Emerging Trends in Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment.

Beebe-Frankenberger, M., & Goforth, A. N. (2014). Best practices in school psychological practice in rural settings. In A. Thomas & P. Harrison (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology (Vol. VI). Bethesda: National Association of School Psychology.

Goforth, A.N. (2013). Cultural adaptation. In K. Keith (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Goforth, A.N. (2013). Minority-group affiliation hypothesis. In K. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cross-cultural Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Goforth, A. N., Pham, A. V., & Carlson, J. S. (2011). Diathesis-stress model. In S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 502-503). New York, NY; Springer Publishing Co.