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250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-6083
Fax: 612-624-8241
epsy-adm@umn.edu

Amanda L. Sullivan

Sullivan

Educational Psychology
Room 350C EdSciB
56 E River Pkwy
Tel:612-626-7221
asulliva@umn.edu

Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., Arizona State University

Areas of Interest

  • Characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with disabilities
  • Education and health disparities affecting students with disabilities and other special needs
  • Professional training and legal issues related to the provision of school psychological and special education services

 

Courses Taught

  • EPSY 8823: Ethics and Professional Standards in School Psychology
  • EPSY 5851: Engaging Diverse Students and Families

Curriculum Vitae

In my research, I describe the educational and health experiences of children with and at-risk for disabilities and explore the ways in which various ecological factors promote or hinder development. My primary objectives are to (a) elucidate disparities in the educational treatment and outcomes of students with and at-risk for disabilities and (b) identify malleable factors related to outcomes in order to inform policy and practice to better support students’ educational needs. My program of research is grounded in the three-stage conceptual model for health disparities research: (1) definition and detection of disparities, (2) identification of individual, practitioner, and systemic determinants, and (3) development and evaluation of interventions and policies to reduce disparities, with an emphasis on expanding how we conceptualize educational disparities affecting students with disabilities. My goal is to identify potential levers for change in policy and practice. In my first line of research, I have taken an epidemiological approach to understanding the systemic prevalence and correlates of early developmental delay, medical and mental health problems, and educational disabilities among young children and school-aged populations. In particular, I am interested in disparities in identification, treatment, and outcomes as they relate to children’s sociodemographic characteristics. My second line of research addresses professional training and practice issues related to multi-tiered academic and behavioral supports and psychoeducational evaluation. In this area of inquiry, my objective is to understand better the practices in which school psychologists engage and to identify potential training needs.

Publications

  1. Select Peer-Reviewed Articles (* denotes student co-author)

  2. Bal, A., Sullivan, A. L., & Harper, J. (accepted for publication). A situated analysis of special education disproportionality for systemic transformation in an urban school district. Remedial and Special Education.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2013). School-based autism identification: Prevalence, racial disparities, and systemic correlates. School Psychology Review, 42, 99-114.

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

    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.

    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.

    *Kaprolet, C., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013). Social-emotional predictors of postsecondary enrollment for students with disabilities: Findings from a nationally representative sample. Exceptionality, 21, 158-175.

    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.

    *Kucera, M., & Sullivan, A. L. (2011). The educational implications of Type I Diabetes Mellitus: A review of research and recommendations for school psychological practice. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 587-603.

    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.

    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.

    Arzubiaga, A., Nogueron, S., & Sullivan, A. L. (2009). The education of children of im/migrant families. Review of Research in Education, 33, 246-271.

  3. Select Book Chapters

  4. Sullivan, A. L. (2012). Understanding and addressing inequities in special education. In D. Shriberg, S. Y. Song, A. H. Miranda, & K. M. Radcliff (Eds.), School psychology and social justice: Conceptual foundations and tools for practice (pp. 73-90). New York, NY: Routledge.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2012). An overview of patterns and correlates of the disproportionate representation of linguistic-minority students in special education. In A. L. Noltemeyer & C. S. McLoughlin (Eds.), Disproportionality in education and special education (pp. 60-86). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2012). Culturally responsive practice. In A. L. Noltemeyer & C. S. McLoughlin (Eds.), Disproportionality in education and special education (pp. 181-198). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher.

    Artiles, A. J., Klingner, J., Sullivan, A. L., & Fierros, E. (2010). Shifting landscapes of professional practices: ELL special education placement in English-only states. In P. Gándara & M. Hopkins (Eds.), Forbidden language: English learners and restrictive language policies (pp. 102-117). Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Civil Rights Project.

    Artiles, A. J., Sullivan, A. L., Waitoller, F., & Neal, R. (2010). Latinos in special education: Equity issues in the intersection of language, culture, and ability differences. In E. G. Murillo (Ed.), Handbook of Latinos and education: Research, theory & practice (pp. 363-383). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Presentations

  1. Select Invited Presentations

  2. Sullivan, A. L. (2012, November). Does preschool special education make a difference? Presentation at the AERA Grants Program Fall Conference, Washington, DC.

    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.

    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.

    King-Thorius, K. A. & Sullivan, A. L. (2009, July). The role of universal designs for learning in student access, participation, and outcomes: What school psychologists need to know. Presentation at the NASP Summer Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

    Kozleski, E. B., Sullivan, A. L., & King-Thorius, K. A. (2009, February). Culturally responsive practice and early intervening services. Featured Session at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Boston, MA.

  3. Recent Paper Presentations  (* denotes student co-author)

  4. Sullivan, A. L., *Bulut, O., & *Sadeh, S. S. (2013, August). Psychiatric medication use among adolescents with disabilities. Poster presentation accepted to the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

    Harris, B., Sullivan, A. L., Oades-Sese, & Sotelo-Dynega, M. (2013, August). Evaluating psychoeducational assessments for their cultural and linguistic responsiveness. Poster presentation accepted to the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

    *Sadeh, S. S., Sullivan, A. L., & *Nortey, A. (2013, August). Systematic review of dropout interventions for students with emotional disabilities. Poster presentation accepted to the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

    *Sadeh, S. S., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013, August). School-based social skills interventions for students with emotional disabilities. Poster presentation accepted to the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

    *Kincaid, A., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013, August). Disproportionate placement of Asian American students in special education services. Poster presentation accepted to the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

    Sullivan, A. L. (2013, April). Underidentified and underserved?: Prevalence of and racial disproportionality in school-based identification of autism. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Sullivan, A. L., & Chhuon, V. (2013, April). Expanding the discourse of minority disproportionality in special education: Asian American students with disabilities. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

    *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.

    *Klingbeil, D., *VanNorman, E., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013, February). Toward unraveling discipline disproportionality: Multilevel analysis of suspension risk. 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.

    *Bartosik, E., & Sullivan, A. L. (2012, August). Predictors of post-secondary enrollment among youth with learning disabilities. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

    *Brown, A., & Sullivan, A. L. (2012, August). Effects of transition planning on high school completion among youth with learning disabilities. Poster 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., & Artiles, A. J. (2011, April). Theorizing inequity in special education: Applying structural theory to disproportionality. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Sullivan, A. L., & *Kucera, M. (2011, April). Racial disparities in early childhood education. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Bal, A., & Sullivan, A. L. (2011, April). Examining the determinants of disproportionality. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.



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