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Amanda Sullivan

Associate Professor & School Psychology Program Coordinator
Ph.D., 2009, Arizona State University
M.A., 2006, Arizona State University

Educational Psychology .
Room 344 EdSciB

56 E River Pkwy
Tel: 612/626-7221

Areas of Interest

Most of my research focuses on identifying education and health disparities among children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and understanding equity in and effectiveness of the educational and health services they receive. I am particularly interested in elucidating disparities in the educational treatment and outcomes of students with and at-risk for disabilities and identifying malleable factors related to outcomes in order to inform policy and practice to better support students’ educational needs. Much of my work entails secondary analyses of large-scale datasets that allow for population estimates of students’ characteristics, experiences, and outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Education and health disparities affecting individuals with and at-risk for special needs
  • Characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with disabilities
  • School psychological and special education services for diverse learners

Professional Service: I serve on a variety of professional committees and boards, and journal editorial boards, including the Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review, School Psychology Forum, and the Journal of Applied School Psychology. I am also committed to future faculty and early career faculty professional development in school psychology.  Visit the SSSP Early Career Forum or learn more about past professional development offerings here.

For more information, please see my CV and my website.

Note to prospective students: I am currently accepting new PhD advisees. All applicants are welcome, but I am particularly interested in doctoral students committed to research and faculty careers in school psychology and who are interested in studying education and health disparities affecting students with or at risk for special needs who come from racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students interested in large-scale analysis are especially welcome. I encourage students to review my current projects and recent publications to determine fit. 

Selected Publications

  1. Select Representative Publications (* denotes student co-author)

    Sullivan, A. L., Kohli, N., & *Farnsworth, E. M.,* Jones, L., & *Sadeh, S. (in press). Longitudinal models of reading achievement of students with LD and without disabilities. School Psychology Quarterly. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000170

    Sullivan, A. L., & *Simonson, G. (2016). A systematic review school-based interventions for refugees and war-traumatized youth. Review of Educational Research, 86, 503-530.

    Sullivan, A. L., *Houri, A., & *Sadeh, S. (2016). Demography and early academic skills of students from immigrant families: The kindergarten class of 2011. School Psychology Quarterly, 31, 149-62.

    Sullivan, A. L., Artiles, A. J., & *Hernandez-Saca, D. (2015). Ecologically-based organizational consultation and systems change for special education equity. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 25, 129-147.

    Sullivan, A. L. & *Sadeh, S. S. (2015). Psychopharmacological treatment among adolescents with disabilities: Prevalence and predictors in a nationally representative sample. School Psychology Quarterly, 30, 443-455.

    *Walick, C. & Sullivan, A. L. (2015). Educating Somali immigrant and refugee students: A review of cultural-historical issues and related psychoeducational supports. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 31, 1-22.

    Kohli, N., Sullivan, A. L., *Sadeh, S. S., & *Zopluoglu, C. (2015). Piecewise mixed effects model of mathematics development of children with and without learning disabilities. Journal of School Psychology, 53, 105-120.

    Sullivan, A. L. & *Sadeh, S. S. (2014). Differentiating social maladjustment from emotional disturbance: An analysis of case law. School Psychology Review, 43, 250-271.

    Sullivan, A. L., *Van Norman, E., & *Klingbeil, D. (2014). Exclusionary discipline of students with disabilities: Student and school characteristics predicting suspension. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 199-210.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Field, S. (2013). Do preschool special education services make a difference in kindergarten reading and mathematics skills?: A propensity score weighting analysis. Journal of School Psychology, 51, 243-260.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2013). School-based autism identification: Prevalence, racial disparities, and systemic correlates. School Psychology Review, 42, 298-316.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Bal, A. (2013). Disproportionality in special education: Effects of individual and school variables on risk. Exceptional Children, 79, 475-494.

    Chhuon, V. & Sullivan, A. L. (2013). Racialization of abilities and disabilities in U.S. schools: Asian American and Pacific Islander students in gifted and special education. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, 20, 49-59.

    Sullivan, A. L., *Klingbeil, D., & *Van Norman, E. (2013). Beyond behavior: Multilevel analysis of the influence of sociodemographics and school characteristics on students’ risk of suspension. School Psychology Review, 47, 99-114.

    King-Thorius, K. A., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013). Interrogating instruction and intervention in RTI research with students identified as English language learners. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 29, 64-88.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2011). Disproportionality in special education identification and placement of English language learners. Exceptional Children, 77, 317-334.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Artiles, A. J. (2011). Theorizing racial inequity in special education: Applying structural theory to disproportionality. Urban Education, 46, 1526-1552.

    Sullivan, A. L., Long, L., & *Kucera, M. (2011). Supporting students’ behavioral competence: A survey of school psychologists’ preparation for, participation in, and perceptions of positive behavior interventions and supports. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 971-985.

    Sullivan, A. L., & King-Thorius, K. A. (2010). Considering the intersections of difference among students with disabilities & expanding conceptualizations of multicultural education. Race, Gender & Class, 17, 93-109.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Long, L. (2010). Examining the changing landscape of school psychology practice: A survey of school-based practitioners’ training and involvement in RTI. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 1059-1079

Selected Presentations

  1. Select Invited Presentations   (* denotes student co-author)

    Sullivan, A. L. (2016, May). When the shield becomes a sword: Racial bias in special education identification. Presentation at the University of Minnesota, Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2016, March). Is preschool special education effective? Findings from large-scale analyses. Presentation at the Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2015, June). Directions in disproportionality. Invited presentation at special workshop of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Field, S. (2012, April). Does preschool special education make a difference?: Propensity score matching analysis of the effects on kindergarten pre-academic skills. Presentation at the AERA Grants Program session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2012, March). Beyond race: Contextual models of disproportionality in special education. Presentation at the University of Arizona, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, Tucson, AZ.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2011, November). Utilizing secondary-data analysis to explore the complex ecology of risk and disability. Presentation to the Minneapolis Public Schools School Psychology Team, Minneapolis, MN.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2011, April). Implications of propensity score matching for examining special education effects. Presentation at the AERA Grants Program session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Klotz, M. B., A’Vant, E., Sullivan, A. L., & Henderson, J. (2010, February). Disproportionality: Implications for policy and action. Special Session at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

  2. Representative Refereed Presentations  (* denotes student co-author)

    Sullivan, A. L., *Houri, A., & *Sadeh, S. (2016, April). Are school psychologists’ decisions reliable and unbiased?: Results from experimental analogue studies. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. 

    Sullivan, A. L., Kohli, N., *Farnsworth, E., *Jones, L., *Houri, A., & *Sadeh, S. (2016, April). Comparing longitudinal models of reading achievement for students with and without learning disabilities. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

    Sullivan, A. L., *Houri, A., *Jones, L., & *Sadeh, S. (2016, February). A portrait of America’s kindergartners: Sociodemographics, immigration, and academic performance. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

    *Sadeh, S. S. & Sullivan, A. L. (2014, February). IDEA’s blame game: Determining causation in special education evaluations. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.

    *Sadeh, S. S. & Sullivan, A. L. (2013, February). Distinguishing emotional disturbance from social maladjustment: Case law since 2004. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

    Noltemeyer, A., Mcloughin, C. S., Daddario, R., Fenning, P., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Sharkey, J. D., Shure, L., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013, February). Disproportionality: Understanding the issues and creating equitable schools. Symposium at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Cohen, S. (2012, August). Integration of traditional assessment and RTI in evaluations of learning disabilities. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

    Shriberg, D., Sullivan, A. L., Crockett, D., Noltemeyer, A., Fenning, P., Oades-Sese, G., Song, S., & Mather, K. (2012, February). Major issues of social justice in school psychology. Symposium at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.

    Sullivan, A. L., & *Kucera, M. (2011, February). Preventing disproportionality: A framework for culturally responsive assessment. Poster presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

    Cohen, S., & Sullivan, A. L. (2010, October). Early intervening is prevention: Changing systems and enhancing outcomes through RTI. Paper presentation at the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Albuquerque, NM.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Cohen, S. (2010, February). Examining psychoeducational reports to understand cultural considerations and eligibility determinations. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

    King-Thorius, K. A., Sullivan, A. L., & *Kucera, M. (2010, February). School psychology as interdisciplinary practice: General and special education collaboration. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

    Sullivan, A. L., A’Vant, E., Baker, J., & Jones, J. (2010, February). Critical issues in equity: Creating capacity to serve diverse students. Symposium at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

    Sullivan, A. L., Kozleski, E. B., & Smith, A. (2009, April). Equity in access in the least restrictive environment: Factors related to states’ differences in placement trends. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Kozleski, E. B. (2009, April). Understanding the current context of LRE: States’ progress in improving student outcomes. Paper presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention in Seattle, WA.

    Sullivan, A. L., Cohen, S., & Caterino, L. C. (2009, February). Effects of RTI on special education evaluation and identification of student who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Boston, MA.

    Cohen, S., Sullivan, A. L., & Caterino, L. C. (2009, February). Using RTI data to diagnose SLD in culturally and linguistically diverse student. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Boston, MA.

    Sullivan, A. L., Kozleski, E. B., & Smith, A. (2008, December). Deconstructing LRE: What it means, where we are, and creating continua of supports. Paper presentation at the TASH 2008, Nashville, TN.

    Klingner, J., Kozleski, E. B., Sullivan, A. L., & King-Thorius, K. A. (2008, July). The past, present, and future of disproportionate representation: The work of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems. Paper presentation at the 2008 U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors’ Conference, Washington, D.C.

    Sullivan, A. L., Kozleski, E. B., & Smith, A. (2008, March). Understanding the current context of minority disproportionality in special education: Federal response, state activities, and implications for technical assistance. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.