IRBNet id number 981971
Dear School Psychologist:
You are being invited to participate in a research project being conducted by Dr. Karen Eastman, a professor of Special Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato on determining the knowledge, experience, and comfort level school psychologists have in working with students who are identified with having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and who also have a diagnosis of a mental health (MH) disorder.
The consent form is attached which includes a link to the survey. You may print it out for your records. All you need to do is click on the link (Ctrl + Click), or copy and paste the url link into your browser. This survey should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, and it will provide valuable information regarding your work as a school psychologist with students with this dual diagnosis. I have been completing a separate research project directly with young adults with both ASD and MH diagnoses, and the survey you are being invited to complete will be an excellent complement to my other research. There are several questions to respond to, and some include indicators such as “check all that apply,” or you may be directed to fill in your response. When you have completed all items, the survey will be submitted and you can close your browser.
A potential benefit for you is that you will be contributing to a better understanding of how students with both autism spectrum disorders and mental health disorders are currently being served as well as indicating how comfortable and prepared school psychologists feel regarding working with these very students. I hope the results of this survey will indicate areas of need that can be addressed regarding school psychologists’ preparation and professional development opportunities so students can be successfully serviced in the schools.
I am requesting that the survey be completed by December 15, 2016.
I would like to thank you in advance for your serious consideration of this invitation, and hope that you will be able to complete it in this time frame. I know that you are very busy, and therefore I appreciate your willingness to complete this survey.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 507-389-5651 if you have any questions. Thank you very much!
Here is the direct link - https://link.mnsu.edu/schoolpsychsurvey2016