Project iPREP

Interdisciplinary Preparation of Related-Service Professionals in Evidence-Based Practices: High-Risk Students/Families and Remote Technologies (iPREP)

Associate Professor Mary Andrianopoulos (Project Director) and Professor Mary Lynn Boscardin (Project Co-Director) from the College of Education have been awarded a $1.25 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to fund and train graduate students in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and School Psychology (SP) over a five-year period. In collaboration with Associate Professors Sarah Fefer and Amanda Marcotte in School Psychology, the iPREP grant will emphasize interdisciplinary “strength-based” collaborations and “cross-system problem-solving and decision-making models” to design and deliver more appropriate data-driven or evidence-based interventions and services that address students’ communication, academic, socio-emotional and behavioral development and needs.

The objectives of the iPREP project are to:

  1. increase the number of well qualified SLP and SP specialists with demonstrated shortages;

  2. engage SLP and SP graduate students in an interdisciplinary curriculum through shared coursework, empirical methodologies, and research-to-practice culminating field experiences;

  3. train scholars in the use of applied technologies (i.e., Telepractice service delivery models) and computer based instruction;

  4. provide professional development opportunities; and

  5. disseminate empirical outcomes.

For more information or to apply to become an iPREP fellow, visit the Project iPREP website.