Intersectionality: Applying a Transdisciplinary Paradigm to School Psychology

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. develop a plan to dismantle systemic oppressions by applying intersectionality to research and practice.
  2. deepen their understanding of intersectionality and its social dynamics to promote “responsible stewardship.”
  3. apply intersectional perspectives to action-oriented components of the NASP Practice Model.


School psychologists can and should be responsible stewards of intersectionality. This paper positions intersectionality as interactions between identity and social locations with special attention to power relations. Presenters interrogate how intersectionality is discussed in school psychology literature through a scoping review. To supplement the limited work within school psychology, transdisciplinary theory, and strategies from counseling psychology (e.g., Moradi & Grzanka, 2017) are applied to the 2020 NASP Practice Model to generate suggestions for research and practice.



Madison M. Weist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephanie M. Campbell, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bri´Anna Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Miranda R. Zahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Dahlia Gonzalez, Katherine L. Lawlor


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