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Beth Doll

Professor

1983 Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Kentucky {Educational Psychology]
1976 M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University [Psychology]
1974 B.A., Psychology, Michigan State University [Psychology]

Beth Doll began her career as a school psychologist in rural Kentucky and then a clinic coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Madison – experiences that afforded insights into the mental health needs of children that she applied successfully in her research on topics spanning children’s friendships to the pragmatics of measuring student perceptions of classroom climate. Dr. Doll's principal research interest is the promotion of mental health and the psychological well-being of children and youth and aspects of school and classroom systems that contribute to students’ resilience and academic success. Her current work occurs in partnerships with school districts to use student perceptions and classroom data to prompt revised classroom routines. Her developmental investigations of students’ psychological wellness explain how these challenge current conceptualizations of mental health and existing mental health policies. These investigations also examine factors that may contribute to mental disturbance or psychological distress, and the tension between objectivity and meaningfulness in applied school psychological interventions. This presents a special challenge for school psychology because interventions that are most easily and precisely described and quantified may not be perceived by educators as offering the best chance for ensuring psychological health. Dr. Doll was recently awarded the 2020 Legend’s Award and the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of School Psychologists. She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Education Affairs and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.  Dr. Doll is accepting new doctoral students for 2021.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2020, Legend’s Award; National Association of School Psychologists2020, Lifetime Achievement Award; National Association of School Psychologists2015, Outstanding Contributions to Training Award, Trainers of School Psychologists2012, Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award, Division 16, American Psychological Association2011, Founder’s Award, Nebraska School Psychology Association2006, Presidential Award, National Association of School Psychologists2005, School Psychologist of the Year, Nebraska School Psychology Association2005, Buros Distinguished Reviewer award, Buros Center on Mental Measurement
Experience
2003-2020, Professor, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2017-2019 Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2016, Acting Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2011-2017, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2000-2003, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)1990-2000, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Colorado – Denver. (Assistant Professor, 1990-1995)1984-1989, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Psychoeducational Clinic, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Memberships
American Psychological Association (Divisions 7, 16, 37)American Educational Research AssociationInternational School Psychology AssociationNational Association of School PsychologistsNebraska School Psychologists Association