Tamika P. La Salle

Associate Professor

Educational Psychology


Titles:

Associate Professor, School Psychology Program
Research Scientist, Center for Behavioral Educational Research (CBER)

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. School Psychology, Georgia State University

Ed.S. School Psychology, Georgia State University

M.Ed. School Psychology, Georgia State University

Research Interests

School Climate

Measurement

School improvement

Culturally Responsive Educational Practices

Biography:

Dr. La Salle is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University. Her primary areas of research interests include culturally responsive education practices, school climate, and the interrelationships among cultural and ecological variables including the community, family, and school on student outcomes. Dr. La Salle is a co-investigator on a 4 million dollar PBIS-V subgrant to UConn, serving as the school climate and culture coordinator for the PBIS Technical Center. She is also a co-investigator on a 2.4 million dollar NIH grant focused on reducing youth violence and racisim and discrimination through comprehensive prevention strategies. Since 2017, Dr. La Salle has served as project coordinator leading a Cross-Cultural School Climate Group with partners from more than 10 countries. Dr. La Salle also regularly serves as a school and state consultant, working with schools to identify and implement culturally responsive intervention and prevention practices to support equitable access and opportunities and to improve school climate.

Dr. La Salle also serves as a consultant to the Georgia Department of Education and has worked to develop a school climate survey site for students, school personnel, and parents. She is also examines the impact of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on perceptions of school climate. Dr. La Salle is currently working on a cross-cultural school climate validation study with four countries outside of the United States. She serves as co-chair of the National Association of School Psychology Minority Scholarship Board, co-chair of the International School Psychology Association Research Committee, co-chair of the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists Ad his Social Justice committee, and as an Ex-Officio on the Association or Positive Behavior Support Board in the equity seat.

Selected Publications:

La Salle, T.P., Wang. C., Wu, C., & *Rocha Neves, J. (2019). Race Matters: Examining the Impact of Student-Teacher Racial Composition on Perceptions of School Climate. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. Online First. doi:  10.1080/10474412.2019.1673759

La Salle, T. P., *Rocha Neves, J., Freeman, J., & Sugai, G. , (2019). Perceptions of school climate among students that self-identify as heterosexual and lesbian, gay, or bisexual.  Remedial and Special Education. 40(2), 74-82. doi.org/10.1177/0741932518800795

Wang, C., La Salle, T. P., Do, K. A., Wu, C., & Sullivan, K. E. (2019). Does parental involvement matter for students’ mental health in middle school? School Psychology Quarterly. 34(2), 222-232. doi.org/10.1037/spq0000300

Wang, C., La Salle, T., Wu, C., Do, K. A., & Sullivan K. E. (2018). Victimization, school climate, and parental involvement as predictors for suicidal thoughts and behavior for Asian American middle school students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9 (4), 296-307. doi.org/10.1037/aap0000138

La Salle, T.P. (2018). Introduction to a special issue: International perspectives of school climate. School Psychology International, 39 (6), p.559-567. doi.org/10.1177/0143034318808336

Parris, L., La Salle, T. P., Varjas, K., Meyers, J. (2016). Introduction to the special issue: Improving student outcomes: Research on school climate and violence prevention and intervention. School Psychology Forum, 10(1), 1-3.

La Salle, T.P. & Sanetti, L. (2016). Implications of student health problems on achievement and engagement. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 4(1), 10-15.

 La Salle, T. P., Parris, L., & Morin, M. (2016). Deconstructing peer victimization: Relationships with connectedness, gender, grade, and race. School Psychology Forum, 10(1), 41-54.

La Salle, T. P., Zabeck, F., & Meyers, J. (2016). Elementary student perceptions of school climate and associations with student and school factors. School Psychology Forum, 10(1), 55-65.

Instrument Development:

Georgia Department of Education, La Salle, T.P., Meyers, J.P. (2014) The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Department of Education, La Salle, T.P., Meyers, J.P. (2014) The Georgia School Personnel Survey. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Department of Education, La Salle, T.P., Meyers, J.P. (2014) The Georgia Parent School Climate Survey. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Department of Education, La Salle, T.P., Meyers, J.P. (2014) The Georgia Elementary School Climate Survey. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Department of Education

Selected Presentations:

La Salle, T. P., Rocha Neves, J., Di Sano, S., Majercakova Albertova, S., Brown-Earle, O. (2018, July). International perspectives of school climate. Symposium presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the International School Psychology Association, Tokyo, Japan.

La Salle, T. P., & Rocha Neves, J., (2017, July). Cross-cultural school climate validation study. Sponsored by the ISPA Research Committee. Symposium presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the International School Psychology Association, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Rocha Neves, J., La Salle, T.P. (2019, March). Development of a school climate walkthrough assessment tool. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

*Luh, Hao-Jan. La Salle, T.P. (2019, February), International students in school psychology.  Practitioner/Graduate student Conversation presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

*Scogin, C., La Salle, T.P., *Williams, B. (2019, February). Evaluating Academic and Social-Emotional Growth Among a Diverse Prekindergarten Sample

McDaniel, S., Cohen, D., & La Salle, T.P. (2019, February).Not Separate but not equal: A blueprint for improving equity in discipline. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Behavior Support. Washington DC

Honors/Awards:

2018 UCONN AAUP Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career

2015 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference Early Career Scholar.

2012 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)-State Doctoral Scholar Dissertation Fellowship

2011 Georgia State University, Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

2009 National Association of School Psychologists-ERT Minority Scholarship Program.

Associations/Committees/Outreach:

National Association of School Psychologists, Minority Scholarship Committee Board Member.

International School Psychology Association. Research Committee Member.

CASP Social Justice Committee Member.

Provost LTE Task Force Member.

Contact Information
Emailtamika.la_salle@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 5329
File La Salle_CV 7.30.20
Office LocationGentry 015B
Linkhttp://youtu.be/w62aGT0E3BQ