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
Areas of Interest
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
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.
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.
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.
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., *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. & *Sadeh, S. S. (2015). Psychopharmacological treatment among adolescents with disabilities: Prevalence and predictors in a nationally representative sample. School Psychology Quarterly, 30, 443-455.
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., *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. (2011). Disproportionality in special education identification and placement of English language learners. Exceptional Children, 77, 317-334.
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. (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.
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.
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.
*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.