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DESSA Mini Now Available!
The DESSA Mini is an 8-item Strength-Based Screener of Social-Emotional Competence in School-Age Children
Current Research Work
DESSA Spanish Translation in Progress! A translation and supporting research study are underway! Are you a bilingual Spanish and English Speaker? E-mail Katherine Ross to participate in our research on the Spanish DESSA.
The DESSA and Committee for Children The Committee for Children is collaborating with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) School-Age team to develop an understanding of how the DESSA aligns with the Steps to Respect Curriculum.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Charleston, SC - 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, "Screening and Assessing Social-Emotional Competence: The DESSA Comprehensive System".
Saturday, April 30 - Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County Child Care
Connections, "Fostering Resilience in Your Staff and Program" (full day
workshop for ECE program administrators)
Monday, April 11, 2011- New Orleans, LA - American Educational Research
Association, "Testing a Universal Screening Tool to Measure Student
Social-Emotional Competence for Practicality, Reliability and Validity.
Friday, March 18, 2011- Philadelphia, PA - Temple University Annual School
Psychology Conference, "Assessing and Promoting Social-Emotional
Strengths: An Emerging Responsibility of School Psychologists"
Thursday, February 24, 2011- San Francisco -National Association of School
Psychologists, "Screening and Assessing Social Emotional Competence: The
DESSA Comprehensive System"
June 7, 2010 Phoenix, AZ - From birth through eighth grade... assessing, planning for, and promoting RESILIENCE. Workshop presented at the annual NAEYC Professional Development Institute.
June 7, 2010 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Assessing within-child protective
factors from 1 month to 14 years of age. Workshop presented at the
Pathways to Resilience II Conference: The Social Ecology of Resilience.
June 7, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ - From birth through
eighth grade... assessing, planning for, and promoting RESILIENCE. Workshop presented at the annual NAEYC
Professional Development Institute.
May 1, 2010 – Denver, CO – Assessment in Social Emotional Learning: Lessons Learned from
Policy, Practice and Research. Symposium presented at the annual
conference of the American Educational Research Association.
April 12, 2010 – Spokane, WA – The Assessment of Social-Emotional
Competencies of Students in Grades K-8. Workshop presented at the “From Hope to
Resilience Conference” sponsored by Washington State University.
March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Assessing social-emotional competence:
How to respond to changing standards. Symposium presented at the annual
meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists.
March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – The DESSA-mini: A strength-based
universal screener of students’ social-emotional competencies. Paper
presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School
March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – The Devereux Student Strengths
Assessment: Relationship to Academic Achievement. Paper presented at
the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists.”