Dr. Patti L. Harrison
Professor, School Psychology
Program Coordinator, School Psychology
- Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
- School Psychology
- Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1979, Educational Psychology (Major in School Psychology)
- M.Ed. University of Georgia, 1977, School Psychometry
- B.A. University of Georgia, 1976, Psychology
Areas of Research
Professional Issues in School Psychology
Assessment Practices in School Psychology
- PROFESSOR, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM, 1993 to present (Assistant Professor, 1985-1988; Associate Professor, 1988-1993), The University of Alabama, College of Education, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Coordinator of the School Psychology Program: 1985-1993, 1999-2001, and 2002-present.
- ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL, 2001-2006 (Assistant Dean, 1996-2001), The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Dr. Harrison is a professor and coordinator in the School Psychology Program at the University of Alabama. Her research and scholarship relate to professional issues in school psychology and assessment methods for children with development, learning, and behavior problems. Her articles and chapters appear in school psychology and special education research journals and edited texts, and she has conducted presentations on these topics at national and international conferences. She is co-editor of three edited books: Contemporary Intellectual Assessment: Theories, Tests, and Issues; ABAS-II: Clinical Use and Interpretation; and the upcoming Best Practices in School Psychology (6th ed.).
Dr. Harrison has engaged in numerous editorial activities for research journals. She was Editor of School Psychology Review during 1996-2000. She has been an editorial board member for school psychology and related journals, including School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of School Psychology, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, American Journal on Mental Retardation, and Diagnostique.
Dr. Harrison served as the 2009-2010 President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She was a committee member for the 2000 and 2010 revisions of NASP’s graduate preparation, credentialing, ethics, and practice standards. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Educational Research Association. She served as Vice President of Publications, Communications, and Convention Affairs for APA's Division of School Psychology; on the Executive Committee of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs; and as President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. She was a member of the planning committees for the 2002 and 2012 Conferences on the Future of School Psychology and has been invited to contribute journal articles and national presentations regarding the conference outcomes.
Dr. Harrison has been honored with several awards. She was selected as the 2012 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, she received the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from APA’s Division of School Psychology.
She was recognized by the College of Education of the University of Georgia with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.