Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Sarah Ochs (Director), Carl Myers, Bethanie Opell

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


School psychologists are well positioned to be involved in crisis response at their schools, but little is known about how prepared they are to respond or how accurately they would respond to various crisis events. This project examined school psychologists’ rated levels of preparedness and experience, and how well or accurately they responded to hypothetical crisis vignettes across small-, moderate-, and large-scale events. Results showed that self-rated preparedness and experience were not related to accuracy of response, as measured by a rubric. When using a rubric that included elements of the PREPaRE model to score how accurately participants responded to a crisis scenario, results demonstrated overall low accuracy across responses and crisis levels, with the lowest accuracy found for large-scale crises. Directions for future research are discussed.


Psychology | School Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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