About the Author(s)
Dr. Matthew K. Burns is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Missouri, and Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy. He has published over 175 articles and book chapters in national publications, and has co-authored or co-edited 12 books. He is also the immediate Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Past Editor of Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator
before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years.
"A unique and refreshing way to introduce students to the profession of School Psychology. In this comprehensive text, Burns has pulled together leaders in the profession to provide concise perspectives on important issues and controversies. This is in addition to providing basic information about the profession, its history, ethical considerations, alternative roles, etc. Time is not wasted on provision of information on specific content domains that will be covered in other graduate courses. A easy reading, very interesting and informative introduction to the excitement of this profession." -- Jim Ysseldyke, PhD, NCSP, Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology, School Psychology Program, University of Minnesota
"As presented in this exciting new text, for more than 100 years school psychologists have positively served infants, children, youth, families, and worked with schooling, but also functioned successfully in non-traditional settings. Burns' Introduction to School Psychology: Controversies and Current Practice argues that we must learn all theories and practices if we are to be effective and efficient school psychologists. The book does not offer a single approach to school psychology practice which is what makes the volume exceptional... It will be a book that will help you navigate our changing world, understand societal strengths and problems, and help you consider how to make a difference in our dynamic but toxic world." -- Rik Carl D'Amato, PhD, Distinguished Research
Professor in School Psychology , The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Past Editor of APA's School Psychology journal and ISPA's International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.
"Introduction to School Psychology: Controversies and Current Practice provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive yet concise, coverage of theoretical foundations, historical underpinnings, professional associations, and contemporary practice standards in the rapidly growing field of school psychology. Particularly compelling chapters focus on controversies (e.g., identification of learning disabilities) that have significantly impacted the practice of school psychology as well as challenges and opportunities that will shape future growth of the profession. A veritable who's who lineup of chapter authors make this book an indispensable resource for school psychology students, practitioners, and university trainers." -- George J. DuPaul, PhD, Professor of School Psychology
and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Lehigh University (Bethlehem PA)