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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

Amanda Sullivan

Educational Psychology
Room 344 EdSciB

56 E River Pkwy
Tel:612-626-7221
asulliva@umn.edu

Ph.D., 2009, Arizona State University
M.A., 2006, Arizona State University

Curriculum Vitae

For more information, see Amanda's website.

Courses Taught

  • EPSY 8823: Ethics and Professional Standards in School Psychology
  • EPSY 8841: Instruction and Supervision

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

Most of my research focuses on describing special needs among children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and understanding 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 identify 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. 

Selected Publications

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

     

    Sullivan, A. L. & *Sadeh, S. S. (in press). Psychopharmacological treatment among adolescents with disabilities: Prevalence and predictors in a nationally representative sample. School Psychology Quarterly. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000105

    Sullivan, A. L., Artiles, A. J., & *Hernandez-Saca, D. (in press). Ecologically-based organizational consultation and systems change for special education equity. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. doi: 10.1080/10474412.2014.929969.

    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. (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.

    *Sadeh, S. S. & Sullivan, A. L. (2014, February). Distinguishing emotional disability and social maladjustment: Law into practice. Documented session at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.

    Sullivan, A. L. & *Sadeh, S. S. (2013, April). Is there evidence to support the use of social skills interventions for students with emotional disabilities? Presentation at the Early Career Scholars Poster Session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

    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)

     

    *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.



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