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John Carlson

  Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
 Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
 443 Erickson
John Carlson is a professor of school psychology. He serves as the director of the School Psychology doctoral program and he is a Licensed Psychologist (MI). His research interests include examining the utility of medical and psychological interventions on school-aged children's behavior in educational and other learning contexts. The impact of children's anxiety on their functioning in schools and at home is a primary focus of his research. Other interests include assessment, prevention and intervention for externalizing behaviors that impact preschool and classroom functioning. The primary focus of his work pertains to ensuring equitable and effective educational and mental health services for those children who are experiencing challenges at school, home or in the community.

Classes taught:

  • CEP 885 Behavior Disorders
  • CEP 893K Practicum in School Psychology
  • CEP 894K Internship in School Psychology
  • CEP 994K Internship in Doctoral School Psychology

Recent publications:

Carlson, J. S., and Shahidullah, J. D. (2014). Best practices in assessing the effects of psychotropic medications on student performance. In A. Thomas and P. Harrison (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology (6th ed., pp. 361-374). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Barterian, J. A., Rappuhn, E., Seif, E. L., Watson, G., Ham, H., and Carlson, J. S. (2014). A review of the current state of evidence for medication treatment of preschool internalizing disorders. The Scientific World Journal, 2014, 1-8. doi: 10.1155/2014/286085

Hicks, T. B., Shahidullah, J. D., Carlson, J. S., and Palejwala, M. (2014). Nationally Certified School Psychologists' use and reported barriers to using evidence-based interventions in schools: The influence of graduate program training and education. School Psychology Quarterly. doi: 10.1037/spq0000059

Reznar, M., Carlson, J. S., Hughes, S. O., Pavangadkar, A. S., Scott, M. K., and Hoerr, S. L. (2014). An interactive parents’ guide for feeding preschool-aged children: Pilot studies for improvement. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 5, 788-795. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2013.11.018

Shahidullah, J. D., and Carlson, J. S. (2014). Survey of Nationally Certified School Psychologists’ roles and training in psychopharmacology. Psychology in the Schools, 51, 705-721. doi: 10.1002/pits.21776

Sulkowski, M. L., Pence, S. L., Carlson, J. S., and Storch, E. A. (2014). Treating selective mutism with exposure therapy: A case study. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, Summer. Retrieved from

Shepard, J., Shahidullah, J., and Carlson, J. S. (2013). Counseling Students in Levels 2 and 3: A PBIS/RTI Guide. Corwin/Sage Publications Company: Thousand Oaks, CA.

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