Is Social Validity an Afterthought in School Psychology Research?

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the importance of assessing social validity as a total construct and its impact on research.
  2. learn about current practices of social validity assessment in school psychology research.
  3. learn of multiple ways to strengthen the scientific rigor of measuring social validity within the context of single-case design studies in school psychology.


This study investigates the practice and application of social validity assessments in single-case design studies within the field of school psychology. This review will systematically explore the scientific rigor of social validity measurement methods, the prevalence of assessing total construct social validity (i.e., goals, procedures, and outcomes), and the extent to which social validity findings are integrated with visual analyses to form conclusions about interventions. Implications for school psychology research and practice will be discussed.



Quynh Doan Wellons, Georgia State University


Andrew T. Roach, Sonia Sanchez-Alvarez


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