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CES Team

Barry L. McCurdy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP

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Director
Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3123
bmccurdy@devereux.org

Education

Ph.D., 1990, Lehigh University

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Professional Psychology Internship Training Director
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Independent SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier I
  • Co-Director Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network
  • Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Steering Committee Member

Active Projects

  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • School-Based Mental Health in Urban Schools
  • Positive Behavioral Supports and Behavioral Health Care (GA, NJ, SC)
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Alternative Education (PA)

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Barry McCurdy is the Director of the Center for Effective Schools. He received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University and has held both clinical and university-based training appointments. Dr. McCurdy's primary research interest in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders has led to several prevention/early intervention initiatives in urban schools including the development of models for school-wide positive behavior support, school-based parent training, and classroom-based behavior management. He is also an active member of a number of professional organizations concerned with special education and school psychology.

Select Publications

McCurdy, B. L., Mannella, M., & Eldridge, N.  (2003). Positive behavior support in urban schools:  Can we prevent the escalation of antisocial behavior?  Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5, 158-170.

McCurdy, B.L., Lannie, A.L., & Barnabas, E. (2009). Reducing disruptive behavior in an urban school cafeteria: An extension of the Good Behavior Game. Journal of School Psychology, 47(1), 39-54.


Lisa B. Thomas, Ph.D., NCSP

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Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3023
lthomas8@devereux.org

Education

Ph.D., 2012, Lehigh University 

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Certified School Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Certified Teacher of Elementary Education (Pennsylvania)
  • Professional Internship Training Faculty Member
  • SWIS, CICO-SWIS, and ISIS-SWIS Facilitator
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Independent SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier I
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network State Leadership Team Member
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network State Coordination Team Member
  • Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Steering Committee Member

Active Projects

  • Positive Behavioral Supports and Behavioral Health Care (AZ, CO, FL, GA, MA, PA, SC) 
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Alternative Education (PA) 
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Charter Schools (DE) 
  • Behavioral Consultation in Alternative Education (PA)
  • Behavioral Consultation in Charter Schools (DE)

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Thomas is a Consulting and Research Psychologist at the Devereux Center for Effective Schools. She received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University, where she specialized in pediatric/health psychology. In her professional experience, Dr. Thomas has provided assessment, training, and consultation services to a variety of individuals and organizations.  She is currently involved in several projects to develop universal, targeted, and intensive behavioral and academic support systems within alternative education, behavioral health, and public school settings. Dr. Thomas has published her research in refereed journals and presented at national conferences. Her research interests include interventions for children with behavioral disorders, the application of school-wide positive behavior support to alternative settings, parent management training, and the assessment of reading and social skills.

Select Publications

Thomas, L. B., Shapiro, E. S., DuPaul, G. J., Lutz, J. G., & Kern, L. (2011). Predictors of social skills for preschool children at-risk for ADHD: The relationship between direct and indirect measurement. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 114–124.

Zirkel, P. A., & Thomas, L. B. (2010). State laws and guidelines for implementing RTI. Teaching Exceptional Children, 43(1), 60–73.

Sokol, N. G., Kern, L., Arbolino, L. A., Thomas, L. B., & DuPaul, G. J. (2009). A summary of home-based functional analysis data for young children with or at risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Early Childhood Services: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Effectiveness, 3, 127–142.


Laura E. Rutherford, Ph.D., NCSP

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Consulting & Research Psychologist
Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3178
lrutherf@devereux.org

Education

Ph.D., 2009, Lehigh University

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Certified School Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Professional Internship Training Faculty Member
  • SWIS, CICO-SWIS, and ISIS-SWIS Facilitator
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Provisional SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier I

Active Projects

  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Urban Schools (PA)
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Public Schools (NJ)
  • Behavioral Consultation in Public Schools (NJ)

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Rutherford is a rConsulting and Research Psychologist at Devereux’s Center for Effective Schools. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University and is a certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania. Her professional experience has included providing training, assessment, and consultation services to teachers, parents, and multi-disciplinary teams in both school and home settings. Dr. Rutherford is currently working on several projects to develop capacity for universal, targeted, and individualized support systems in urban schools. Her research interests include assessment and intervention of social skills, providing supports to schools for children with externalizing disorders, and parent management training.

Select Publications

Rutherford, L. E., DuPaul, G. J., & Jitendra, A. K. (2008). Examining the relationship between treatment outcomes for academic achievement and social skills in school-age children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Psychology in the Schools, 45(2), 145-157.

DuPaul, G. J., Rutherford, L. E., & Hosterman, S. J. (2008). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In R. J. Morris, N. Mather (Eds.), Evidence-based interventions for students with learning and behavioral challenges (pp. 33-58). New York, NY US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.


Rachel A. Eisenberg, Ph.D., NCSP

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Consulting & Research Psychologist
Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3128
reisenbe@devereux.org

Education

Ph.D., 2015, Lehigh University

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Certified School Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Certified Teacher of Elementary Education (Pennsylvania)
  • SWIS Facilitator
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Independent SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier 1 and Advanced Tiers
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Provisional PWPBIS Facilitator at Tier 1

Active Projects

  • Treatment Foster Care
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Alternative Education (PA)
  • Program-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Early Childhood (PA)
  • Behavioral Consultation in Alternative Education (PA)
  • Academic Instruction and Support in Alternative Schools

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Rachel Eisenberg is a Consulting and Research Psychologist at the Devereux Center for Effective Schools. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology, with a specialization in pediatric school psychology, from Lehigh University. Dr. Eisenberg’s experiences include providing consultation, assessment, and training for families and multi-disciplinary school teams.  She is involved in several projects that focus on developing and sustaining behavioral and academic supports at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in alternative education, behavioral health, early childhood, and family settings.  Her research interests include performance feedback to enhance intervention implementation, consultation to facilitate systems-wide interventions, and parent education interventions.

Select Publications

Manz, P. H., Power, T., Roggman, L. A., Eisenberg, R. A., Gernhart, A., Faison, J., Ridgard, T., Wallace, L., & Whitenack, J. M. (2017). Integrating the Little Talks intervention into Early Head Start: An experimental examiniation of implementation supports involving fidelity monitoring and performance feedback. Children and Youth Services Review, 79, 87-96. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.034

Manz, P. H.  Eisenberg, R. A., Gernhart, A., Faison, J., Laracy, S., Ridgard, T., & Pinho, T. (2016). Engaging Early Head Start parents in a collaborative inquiry: The co-construction of Little Talks. Early Child Development and Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1169177

 


Jennifer L. Francisco, M.Ed.

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Training & Consulting Specialist
Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3152
jfranci3@devereux.org

Education

M.Ed., 2012, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Certified K-12 School Counselor (Pennsylvania)
  • Act 62 Licensed Behavior Specialist
  • SWIS, CICO-SWIS, and ISIS-SWIS Facilitator
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Provisional SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier I

Active Projects

  • School-Based Mental Health in Urban Schools
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Public Schools (NJ)
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Urban Schools (PA)

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Mrs. Francisco is a Training and Consulting Specialist with the Devereux Center for Effective Schools. She earned a M.Ed. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from West Chester University, and is a certified school counselor in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Francisco is currently involved in several projects that aim to develop, implement and maintain school-wide behavioral support systems in a variety of settings. Her research interests include strengthening emotional support services and providing supports to teachers and educational staff in implementing and maintaining behavioral interventions.

 


Laina Stricker, M.Ed.

Laina Stricker

Training & Consulting Specialist
Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-4467
lstricke@devereux.org

Education

M.Ed., 2008, West Chester University

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Certified Teacher of Special Education (Pennsylvania)
  • PA Instructional II Certification
  • Association of Professional Behavior Analyst member
  • Teaching English as a Second Language certification, Oxford Seminars

Active Projects

  • Treatment Foster Care
  • School-Based Mental Health in Urban Schools
  • Positive Behavioral Supports and Behavioral Health Care (NJ, NY)

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Mrs. Stricker is a Training and Consulting Specialist with the Devereux Centers for Effective Schools. She earned a M.Ed. in Education with a certification in Special Education in 2008 and is currently completing course work to become a board certified behavior analyst. Mrs. Stricker is currently supporting urban schools to develop and implement school wide positive behavior interventions. Her research interests include supporting families to create a therapeutic foster care environment as well as assisting school personnel with positive behavior intervention systems.

ing behavioral interventions.

 


Ellen R. Heavner, Ed.S.

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Devereux Center for Effective Schools

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

(610) 542-3143
eheavner@devereux.org

Education

M.A., 2012, Tufts University
Ed.S., 2014, Tufts University

Licensure, Certification, & Appointments

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Certified School Psychologist in Pennsylvania and North Carolina
  • SWIS and CICO-SWIS Facilitator
  • Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network Provisional SWPBIS Facilitator at Tier I

Active Projects

  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Alternative Settings (DE)
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Urban Schools (PA)
  • School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports in Residential Facilities
  • Academic Instruction and Support in Alternative Schools

Primary Research & Clinical Interests

Mrs. Heavner is a Training and Consulting Specialist with the Devereux Center for Effective Schools. She earned an Ed.S. in School Psychology from Tufts University, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.  She also holds state certifications in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Mrs. Heavner is currently involved in several projects that aim to develop, implement and maintain school-wide behavioral support systems in settings ranging from public schools, alternative schools, and residential treatment facilities. Her research interests include strengthening systems of behavioral and academic support and providing consultation to teachers and educational staff in implementing and maintaining behavioral interventions.