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Director, School Psychology Graduate Training Program
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Field Of Study:
School Psychology is my primary specialization. My general research interests are in school bullying, as well as the assessment of reading disabilities.
In terms of assessing reading disabilities, I am specifically interested in the k-12 practicing school psychologist's perspective on the role of cognitive assessment within a reading disability assessment model, the role of RtI within that model, and whether the two can or should co-exist.
Concerning bullying, one area of inquiry has to do with the perceived function that bullying serves from the point of view of school personnel . Specifically, I am interested in whether these perceived functions a) coincide with presumed functions found in the extant literature and, b) whether the functions have utility within a Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan paradigm. Additionally, I am interested in the social cognitions of all that are privy to incidents of school bullying (bullies, assistants to the bullies, victims, defenders of victims, bystanders, etc.). Most recently, I have employed an attribution model that will assist in understanding how emotional responses to viewing incidents of bullying may mediate attributions of culpability and possible help-giving behavior. Further, the model is interested in what possible variables moderate the above sequence, including gender, type of bullying action, and the participant role of the respondent.
Psyx345 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Psyx536 - Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Psyx525 - Psychological Assessment (Cognitive Assessment)
Psyx582 - Behavioral Assessment & Interventions
PhD Indiana University, 2004
BA Kenyon College, 1990
Barraclough, C. & Machek, G. R. (In Press). School psychologists’ role with chronically ill children in schools. Journal of Applied School Psychology.
Machek, G. R., & Nelson, J.M. (In Press). School psychologists’ perceptions regarding the practice of identifying reading disabilities: Cognitive and RTI considerations. Psychology in the Schools.
Machek, G. R., & Nelson, J.M. (2007). How should reading disabilities be operationalized?: A national survey of school psychologists. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 22, 147-157.
Nelson, J.M., & Machek, G.R. (2007). A survey of training, practice, and competence in reading assessment and intervention. School Psychology Review, 36, 311-327.
Cummings, J., Hoida, J., Machek, G., & Nelson, J. (2003). Visual-motor assessment of children. In C. Reynolds & R. Kamphaus (Eds.), Handbook of Psychological and Educational Assessment of Children (2nd ed., pp. 498-518). New York: Guilford Press.
Machek, G. R. & Plucker, J. P. (2003). Intelligence testing and giftedness: A primer for parents. Parenting for High Potential, March.