The College is pleased to announce the new Dee Endowed Professorship in School Psychology. The recipient of this award is Dr. Aaron Fischer, Assistant Professor in School Psychology. This is the first endowed professorship in the College. It is made possible by a generous donation from the Candace and Tim Dee family.
After earning a PhD in School Psychology from the U in 1998, Candace served as a school psychologist for the Jordan School District and an adjunct professor and supervisor. Dr. Dee and her husband, Tim Dee, have given generously over the years in support of scholarships for school psychology students as well as faculty and student research. We were delighted to learn that the Dees were interested in supporting the inaugural endowed professorship in our college. This professorship is intended to recognize faculty for their scholarship while promoting recruitment and retention of outstanding scholars in School Psychology.
Endowed professorships help achieve and maintain excellence at universities. These positions are a lasting tribute to the donor, and to the outstanding faculty member who holds the endowed professorship and their successors. The Dee Endowed Professorship in School Psychology will provide tremendous benefit to the program, department, college and campus community for generations to come. Like other endowed professorships and chairs on campus, this endowed position has a five-year term. Award recipients must be nominated to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President of the University makes the award. The "endowed" part of an endowed professorship means that a permanent fund has been established, and the annual earnings may be utilized by the recipient in support of scholarly pursuits.
Dr. Fischer’s research interests follow two distinct lines of inquiry that are directly applicable to the fields of school and pediatric psychology. First, he is interested in creating and evaluating effective strategies for psychologists engaging in consultation, while incorporating cutting-edge technology. Currently, he is evaluating videoconferencing as a strategy to conserve school resources and remotely consult with teachers. His research will continue to evaluate the use of videoconferencing across multiple areas of consultation and school psychology. Dr. Fischer’s second line of research lies in evaluating and advancing evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with an ASD and their families (i.e., parent training). Currently, he is evaluating behavioral parent-training programs and parent-provided behavioral feeding interventions through videoconferencing.
Please join us in celebrating the beginning of a new and exciting endowed professorship in the Educational Psychology department and School Psychology Program, and congratulate Aaron for this outstanding honor.