Training School Psychology Graduate Students to Conduct a Preference Assessment

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain knowledge of how to incorporate empirically supported professional development strategies into school psychology graduate coursework.
  2. assess need for applied training opportunities in graduate coursework.
  3. apply behavior skills training in university classrooms to train school psychology students to conduct the MSWO preference assessment.
  4. determine benefits of using a self-monitoring checklist while administering the MSWO preference assessment.


School psychologists may help teachers identify stimuli likely to function as reinforcers. In this study, a multiple baseline design was used to test the effects of behavioral skills training (BST) on three preservice school psychologists’ use of the multiple-stimulus without replacement (MSWO) preference assessment. BST resulted in large increases in implementation accuracy relative to baseline. All three participants maintained high implementation accuracy one week after training when given a self-monitoring checklist to reference during implementation.



Sandra C. Pearson, California State University San Bernardino
Roderick D. O´Handley, California State University San Bernardino
Cassandra J. Taylor, California State University San Bernardino


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