Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University at Albany – State University of New York. A nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist, she has conducted more than 50 professional presentations on the topics of preventing and intervening with aggression and bullying, school crisis prevention and intervention, assessing and treating children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and parent and peer relationships. She has published more than 20 journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the Educators’ Handbook on Effective Testing. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of Psychology in the Schools and The School Psychologist. She is also a recipient of the 2006 National Association of School Psychologists Presidential Award for her work with the crisis prevention and intervention workgroup.
Melissa A. Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP is a school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, and adjunct faculty member with a specialty in working with behaviorally and emotionally challenged youth. She has worked in public school and treatment settings for more than 15 years with children ages preschool through high school. She has conducted more than 40 presentations and has consulted with various school districts in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, psychological safety, risk and suicide assessments, the impact of trauma, establishing safe schools, response to intervention models addressing both academics and behavior, and establishing effective programs for students with behavioral and emotional needs. As an adjunct faculty member she has taught courses in psychosocial aspects of exceptional children, social-emotional assessment, crisis prevention and intervention, and academic and behavioral interventions. She was a founding member of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists State-Wide Crisis Response Team where she responded to various local crises, including student and faculty deaths and Columbine. She is a recipient of the 2006 National Association of School Psychologists Presidential Award for her work with the crisis prevention and intervention workgroup.
Stephen E. Brock, Ph.D., is a professor at California State University Sacramento. Previously, he worked for 18 years as a school psychologist with the Lodi Unified School District (the last six of which included assignments as Lead Psychologist and member of an autism specialty team). His professional preparation includes a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, where he researched AD/HD, school crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Dr. Brock currently serves on the editorial boards of both state and national school psychology association newsletters and is an Associate Editor of The California School Psychologist (a peer-reviewed journal with the second largest distribution of a school psychology journal in the United States). He is Past President of the California Association of School Psychologists and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists Delegate Assembly and its National Emergency Assistance Team. Dr. Brock has authored more than 140 publications (including three books) and has made over 65 refereed or invited state/national conference presentations. His other areas of academic interest and research include autism, behavioral interventions, violence prevention, threat assessment, child development, and reading comprehension.
Shane R. Jimerson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Program and Associate Dean for Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the United States. Among over 150 professional publications, he is a co-author of a five-book grief support group curriculum series (The Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum (Taylor and Francis), co-author of Assessing, Identifying, and Treating Autism at School (Springer) and a co-editor of Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention (National Association of School Psychologists), the lead editor of The Handbook of School Violence and School Safety (Lawrence Earlbaum, Inc), the lead editor of The Handbook of International School Psychology (Sage) and the lead editor of The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention (Springer). He serves as the Editor of The California School Psychologist journal, Associate Editor of School Psychology Review, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of School Psychology and School Psychology Quarterly. Dr. Jimerson has chaired and served on numerous boards and advisory committees at the state, national, and international levels, including co-chair of the international school violence and crisis response network and the research committee of the International School Psychology Association. His scholarly publications and presentations have provided further insights regarding; developmental pathways, the efficacy of early prevention and intervention programs, school psychology internationally, and school crisis prevention and intervention. The quality and contributions of his scholarship are reflected in the numerous awards and recognition that he has received. Dr. Jimerson received the Best Research Article of the year award from the Society for the Study of School Psychology, in 1998 and then again in 2000. He also received the 2001 Outstanding Article of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists’, School Psychology Review. Dr. Jimerson’s scholarly efforts were also recognized by the American Educational Research Association with the 2002 Early Career Award in Human Development. He and his UCSB research team received the 2003 Outstanding Research Award from the California Association of School Psychologists. Also during 2003, Dr. Jimerson received the Lightner Witmer Early Career Contributions Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. In 2006, Dr. Jimerson was recognized with the distinction of Fellow from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His scholarship continues to highlight the importance of early experiences on subsequent development and emphasize the importance of research informing professional practice to promote the social and cognitive competence of children.