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Nathaniel von der Embse

Assistant Professor of School Psychology, University of South Florida

Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse is an assistant professor of school psychology at the University of South Florida and co-chair of the National Association of School Psychologists Government and Professional Relations Workgroup. Dr. von der Embse utilizes a social justice framework to examine the intersection of education policy and school mental health.

His research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications, professional articles and book chapters. Dr. von der Embse has a currently funded research program of over $5,000,000 from the Institute for Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Institute for Justice, and the Scattergood Foundation. His research program is focused in three primary domains that include: 1) an examination of teacher stress and student test anxiety surrounding high-stakes exams; 2) creation and validation of internalizing behavior and socio-emotional wellness screening assessments; 3) training of teachers and schools in population-based assessment methods, such as universal mental health screening and trauma-informed practices, to inform tiered and targeted intervention.

Dr. von der Embse completed his master’s and educational specialist degrees in school psychology from Miami University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in school psychology with a specialization in educational policy analysis.

von der Embse is a nationally certified school psychologist and has been a licensed or certified school psychologist and mental health practitioner in five states. He is on the editorial boards of School Psychology Review and School Psychology International, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of School Psychology.

von der Embse, in collaboration with Steve Kilgus at the University of Missouri, is a co-creator of the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) assessment suite and is an author and behavior team member with FastBridge Learning. SAEBRS has been used in 28 states.


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    Assistant Professor of School Psychology, University of South Florida