Q&A with Dr. Markeda Newell
Title/s: Associate Professor
Specialty Area: School Psychology
Where is your hometown?
I grew up in Greenville, Mississippi.
Tell me a little about your research and areas of expertise.
My research focuses on the development and evaluation of multicultural and consultation competence among school psychologists. The purpose of this agenda is to ensure that school psychologists have the knowledge and skills to effectively problem solve to address the needs of all children and families in schools.
How did you become passionate about these topics? What or who inspired you?
While pursuing my undergraduate degree in elementary education, I saw how the mental health needs of many children were not being met. Further, I realized that many of these children were minority and were oftentimes marginalized and underserved. Therefore, I decided to pursue a degree in school psychology with an emphasis on serving marginalized children and families.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Teaching and research are equally rewarding for me. I believe preparing school psychologists to serve children and families is a tremendous responsibility, and I take that role very seriously. I also get a lot of satisfaction through my research, especially when I can use the results to make practical/policy changes that will improve the lives of children.
Can you describe a few current issues related to school psychology?
The development of multicultural competence is a very significant issue in school psychology. We have to find the most effective, yet efficient ways to prepare school psychologists for the diverse, multicultural contexts in which they will work.
What courses are you instructing?
I teach evidence-based interventions and school-based consultation.
What is one concept you want your students to learn from your course(s)?
I want them to become responsible, critical thinkers who can use existing research as well as create and develop new practices to best serve children and families.