Loyola University Chicago

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Newell, Markeda

Title/s:  Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Specialty Area: School Psychology

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1132, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6518


CV Link: Newell CV


Dr. Newell earned her BS in Elementary Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Newell went on to obtain her MS and PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining Loyola's School of Education, Dr. Newell was an Assistant Professor in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Newell is currently an Associate Professor in School Psychology, and she is committed to advancing consultation and multicultural competence among school psychologists.


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Program Areas

  • School Psychology

Research Interests

  • Multicultural Competency Development
  • Consultation Competency Development
  • Poverty-Related Stress and Resiliency

Dr. Markeda Newell earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of her research is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of multicultural and consultation competence among school psychologists.

The purpose of this agenda is to prepare school psychologists who can seamlessly work with educators, parents, and community members to provide the most appropriate and effective services for all students. Specifically, I am interested in identifying the fundamental knowledge and skills school psychologists need to serve students who represent a range of racial/ethnic, linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Integral to addressing the needs of a diverse school population is working with teachers, parents, and community members. Therefore, as part of identifying how school psychologists can become more culturally competent, I believe they also need to be competent consultants.

For this reason, my research agenda also includes identifying the content and sequence of consultation training that yields competent consultants who can adapt and modify their practices given the client characteristics/needs, resources, and setting. The final component of my research agenda is to develop methods to evaluate school psychologists’ cultural and consulting competence. One of the major challenges facing the competency-based movement in psychology is the evaluation of competence. Thus, my research is designed to study new techniques such as computer-simulation to examine how well school psychologists have developed and integrated the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to serve all students and families. Dr. Newell has received several grants and has published several empirical articles and book chapters on multicultural and consultation competence evaluation and development

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 16 School Psychology
    • Division 13 Consulting

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 466 Evidence-Based Interventions
  • CIEP 479 School-based Consultation


  • School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC), Early Career Scholar (2009)

Selected Publications

  • Newell, M.L & Newman, D. (2014). Assessing the state of evidence in consultation training: A review and call to the field. In W. Erchul & S. Sheridan (Eds.), Handbook of Research in School Consultation, pp. 421-449. New York, NY: Routledge. [Invited]
  • Newell, M.L., Newell, T.S., & Looser, J.A.* (2013b). A competency-based assessment of school-based consultants’ implementation of consultation. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 7, 235-245.
  • Newell, M.L., Newell, T.S., Looser, J.A.* (2013a). Examining how novice consultants address cultural factors during consultation: Illustration of a computer-simulated method. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 65, 74-86.
  • Newell, M.L. (2012). Transforming knowledge to skills: Evaluating the consultation competence of novice school-based consultants. The Consulting Psychology Journal: Research and Practice, 64, 8-28 [Special Issue: Consulting in Education: Challenge and Change].
  • Newell, M.L., & Coffee, G. (2012). Creating a social justice approach to assessment. In D. Shriberg, S.Y. Song, A.H. Miranda, & K.M. Radliff (Eds.) School psychology and social justice: Conceptual foundations and tools for practice, pp. 173-187. New York, NY: Routledge. [Invited]