Investigating Trends Involving Written Expression Interventions in School Psychology Journals

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about recommendations for future research, specifically regarding the need for empirically validating written expression interventions for students of all ages and ability levels.
  2. learn about the gaps that exist within the current school psychology written expression literature base.
  3. learn about the current school psychology written expression literature base.


Written expression is essential for success in school and in the workplace; however, it is currently not being adequately taught in the American educational system. To gain a better understanding of the state of the written expression literature in top school psychology journals, researchers systematically coded and analyzed articles published from 1994–2020 for assessment, intervention, and general knowledge trends. Discussion focuses on the implications of findings, specifically the need for future written expression intervention research.



Kristen Mahony, Duquesne University
Mary P. Comis, Duquesne University
Elizabeth McCallum, Duquesne University
Ara J. Schmitt, Duquesne University


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