Dr. Karla AnhaltAssociate Professor 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - SPSYkanhalt@kent.edu
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the APA-accredited program at West Virginia University. As part of my doctoral studies, I completed an APA-accredited and APPIC- member Pre-doctoral Internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute within the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have been a faculty member at KSU since August of 2003. During my time at KSU, I have taught graduate courses in child development, individual counseling, practicum in school psychology, and cultural diversity, among others. My scholarly interests are consistent with progressive thinking in school psychology. The following school psychology initiatives are particularly appealing to me: increased focus on prevention, school-based mental health services, enhanced involvement with parents, and training future professionals to work with diverse children and families. An overarching theme in my research pertains to improving mental health and educational services for underserved populations, including immigrant and ethnic minority children and sexual minority youth. On a personal note, I was born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Mexico (border city with California). I am professionally proficient in English and Spanish.
Dr. Richard CowanAssociate Professor 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - SPSYrcowan1@kent.edu
Richard Cowan completed his doctoral training in the NASP-approved and APA-accredited school psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As part of his doctoral training, Richard completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, Department of Psychology, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since his arrival at KSU in 2003, Richard has been involved in a number of research projects, publications, presentations, and grants focusing on both autism and positive behavioral supports. His primary line of inquiry focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of educational and treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). His applied research also focuses on the implementation and evaluation of positive behavioral supports across the universal, targeted and intensive levels of intervention for a variety of students in educational settings. In addition to his role as a faculty member in the KSU school psychology program, Richard maintains collaborative partnerships with multiple community agencies and remains an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Dr. Caven McloughlinProfessor 507 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - SPSYcaven@kent.edu
Caven S. Mcloughlin is a credentialed school psychologist serving Ohio's largest school psychology preparation program. Formerly, he was a special education classroom teacher and administrator, and a school counselor. At KSU he provides instruction in early childhood school psychology. Dr. Mcloughlin has been involved in federally funded training of interdisciplinary leadership personnel working with toddlers, infant, and newborns for 25+ years. He has authored, edited or contributed to ten books, and over 100 published research articles and chapters. He is the Editor of School Psychology International Journal.
Dr. Frank SansostiAssistant Professor 405 White Hall
Area: LDES - SPSYfsansost@kent.edu
After receiving my B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, I began my professional career working at the Autism Center located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After several years of assisting with research and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in both clinical and summer camp settings, I enrolled in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida. There, I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology with an emphasis in pediatric health issues. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State University, I worked as a school psychologist and autism consultant for the District School Board of Pasco County in West Central Florida. While working as a school psychologist, I provided coaching and technical assistance for inclusion practices for children with ASD, behavioral disorders, and other severe and low-incidence disabilities. As an applied school psychologist and researcher, I focus on the use of a problem-solving model that takes a contextual/systems approach for the identification of and program planning for children with disabilities. Currently, my research and professional interests include the development and implementation of behavioral and social skills interventions for young children with ASD and for individuals with severe and low-incidence developmental disabilities, behavior management, data-based service delivery systems, and systemic educational reform (i.e. Response to Intervention).