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Samantha Turnbull


School Psychology

Samantha is currently seeking her PhD in School Psychology. Originally from Centerville, OH she received her BA in psychology from Cedarville University (Ohio) and her MS in Applied Educational Psychology from UT Knoxville. In 2012, she joined EPC. We asked her to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

Awards
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship (2012-2016): Fellowship given to support the continued education of students.
  • The Ron Carlini Persistence Award (2014): Award given through the school psychology program for assisting with the APA accreditation process.
Accomplishments

Roles/Positions
GRA in the School Psychology program: 2012-2015
KLASS Center Clinic Coordinator: 2015-2016
GTA for Assessment Practicum in the School Psychology program: 2015-2016

Peer Reviewed Publications
Cazzell, S. S., Browarnik, B. L., Skinner, A. L., Cihak, D. F., Skinner, C. H., & Forbes, B. (2016). Extending research on a computer-based flashcard reading intervention to post-secondary students with intellectual disabilities. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 10, 191-206.

Forbes, B. E., Skinner, C. H., Maurer, K. M., Taylor, E. P., Schall, M., Cazzell, S., Ciancio, D., Conley, M., & Conley, E. (2014). Prompting faster reading during fluency assessments: The impact of skill level and comprehension measures on changes in performance. Research in the Schools.

Watson, T. L., Skinner, C. H., Skinner, A. L., Cazzell, S., Aspiranti, K., Moore, T., and Coleman, M. (2016). Preventing disruptive behavior via classroom management: Validating the color wheel system in kindergarten classrooms. Behavior Modification, 1, 1-23.

Schall, M., Skinner, C. H., Cazzell, S., Ciancio, D., Ruddy, J., & Thompson, K. (e print January 2016). Extending research on oral reading fluency measures, reading speed, and comprehension. Contemporary School Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s40688-015-0083-

Cazzell, S., Skinner, C., Ciancio, D., Aspiranti, K., Watson, T., Taylor, K., McCurdy, M., & Skinner, A. (in submission). Evaluating a Computer Flashcard Sight-Word Recognition Intervention with Self-Determined Response Intervals in Elementary Students with Intellectual Disability. School Psychology Quarterly.

Peer Reviewed Presentations
Cazzell, S., Taylor, K., Skinner, C., McCurdy, M., Skinner, A., Ciancio, D., Beeson, T., & Cihak, D. (February 2016). Evaluating a computer flashcard reading intervention with self-determined response intervals in a post-secondary student with Intellectual Disability. Poster presented at the University of Tennessee Gallery of Excellence, Knoxville TN.

Gibbons, S., Ryan, K., Skinner, C., Taylor, K., Beeson, T., Ciancio, D., & Cazzell, S. (February 2016). Expanding Research on a Computer-Based Flashcard Reading Intervention with a Post-Secondary Student in the FUTURE Program.Poster presented at the University of Tennessee Gallery of Excellence, Knoxville TN.

Taylor, K., Skinner, C., Cazzell, S., Ruddy, J., Ciancio, D., Cihak, D., & Beeson, T. (February 2016). Perceptual disfluency and learning in a FUTURE student with Intellectual Disability. Poster submitted for presentation at the University of Tennessee Gallery of Excellence, Knoxville, TN.

Taylor, K., Crabtree, K., Turnbull, S., Ciancio, D., & Skinner, C. (August 2015). The effectiveness of readability formulas as predictors of oral reading fluency. American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Schall, M., Skinner, C. H., Cazzell, S., Ciancio, D., Ruddy, J., & Thompson, K. (February 2015). Extending research on oral reading fluency measures, reading speed, and comprehension: The ransom note study. Presented at the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) Conference, Orlando, FL.

Schall, M., Skinner, C. H., Cazzell, S., Ciancio, D., Ruddy, J., & Thompson, K. (October 2014). Extending research on oral reading fluency measures, reading speed, and comprehension: The ransom note study. Presented at the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Tiffany, W., Katie, C., & Cazzell, S. (October 2014). The Effectiveness of Readability Formulas as Predictors of Oral Reading Fluency. Presented at the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Cazzell, S. (April 2014). Student perceptions of the utility and effectiveness of a computer-reading intervention. Presented at the University of Tennessee (Survey Research class), Knoxville, TN.

Forbes, B. E., Schall, M., Cazzell, S., Taylor E. P., & Skinner, C. H. (February 2014). Prompting faster reading: The impact of comprehension measure. Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Conference, Washington, D.C.

Cazzell, S. S., Browarnik, B. L., Skinner, A. L., Cihak, D. F., Skinner, C. H., & Forbes, B. (November 2013). Extending research on a computer-based flashcard reading intervention to post-secondary students with intellectual disabilities. Presented at the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Conference, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN.

Cazzell, S. S., Browarnik, B. (November 2013). Assessment of Two Reading Interventions. Presented at the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Conference, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN.

Cazzell, S. S., Browarnik, B. (March 2013). Assessment of Two Reading Interventions. Presented at the Graduate Student Research Colloquium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

See Curriculum Vita for additional details.

Current Occupation

Pre-Doctoral School Psychology Intern
Lenoir City Schools
Lenoir City, TN

As a school psychology intern at Lenoir City Schools, I will be working with students in elementary, middle, and high school who have academic, behavioral, and/or social-emotional concerns. In these schools, I assess students with educational concerns, develop academic and behavioral interventions, and consult with parents and teachers to promote student growth. I also have opportunities to counsel students with social-emotional concerns.

Personal Interests

I have really enjoyed exploring Knoxville after moving here from Ohio for graduate school. I especially like visiting the mountains with my husband, going downtown to shop at the Farmer’s Market, paddle-boarding at the Quarry, and trying out new restaurants. I also enjoy baking treats, going on walks after work, and spending time with my family and friends.

Future/Vocational Goals

After I complete my internship, I hope to work in the schools and put the skills that I have learned into practice. I especially like working in school environments because it allows for continued collaboration with teachers and parents to make educational decisions that benefit students. Eventually, I may pursue licensure in the hopes of becoming a licensed psychologist so that I can also have the opportunity to work in a clinic setting with children, adults, and families.

group photo of School Psychology interns

What sold you on this program?

I decided to attend the University of Tennessee to study school psychology for several reasons. To begin, I appreciated this program’s timeline that allows for students to progress through classes, complete their dissertation and internship, and ultimately, finish the program within five years. I also liked how supportive the students appeared during the interview process and how willing they were to answer all of my questions. Finally, I chose this program because of the funding opportunities presented through assistantships. I am so thankful that this funding was available throughout the duration of my time at UT Knoxville.

What would you tell an incoming student who joins the program?

I would encourage students to develop a good working relationship with their cohort and seek outside experiences to broaden their knowledge-base, especially during the first few years of the program. In seeking outside opportunities in their respective area(s) of interest, students can build their vitaes and gain experiences working with varied populations that will be beneficial when applying for internships and jobs. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Getting through a graduate program is a long process, and the cohorts above you are excellent sources of information if you have any questions.


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To become a licensed psychologist, all school psychology doctoral students must have completed an internship. Internships accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) are highly sought out, yet a large number of applicants go unmatched. In 2016, almost thirty percent of applicants were not matched with an APA-accredited internship.

Read below to see where each of the seven will be interning and their experiences of the process.

Brooke BrowarnikBrook Browarnik
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Cypress, TX

 

 

What was the application process like?
Have you ever seen “The Shining”? It was a lot like that. But I had tons of support from my professors and cohort!

How do you feel about being matched?
Relieved — I’m so happy to have matched!

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
I’ll be working in a school district.

Will you be at one specific site?
I’ll “float” between three to four schools.

How do you feel about moving to Texas?
Yee haw!


Trish Franklin

Trish Franklin
Nebraska Internship Consortium
Lincoln, NE

 

 

What was the application process like?
It was stressful for the most part. It was really fun to look at all the different programs and visit places for interviews, but there was a lot of waiting. We started working on application materials in August and interviews were in January

How do you feel about being matched?
Very, very happy. Having an accredited internship makes licensure a lot easier.

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
I’ll be working with kids who have pediatric feeding disorders. My program is in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (which is part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center) so a lot of the kids we serve have autism, but we work with other kids that have issues with feeding due to developmental, behavioral, or medical concerns as well.

Will you be at one specific site?
Primarily yes, but my internship is part of a consortium, so I’ll have a chance to visit some of the other sites and programs as well.

How do you feel about moving to Nebraska?
Very excited! I love going to new places. I’ll have to get used to the cold though 🙂


Leslie Hart

Leslie Hart
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Cypress, TX

 

 

What was the application process like?
The application process was equal parts stressful and interesting. It’s really neat to be able to search a nationwide database to see how you can build on the foundational skills we’ve learned here at the University of Tennessee. ​That said- it’s also stressful to get interviews, not get interviews, and pay for everything in between.​

How do you feel about being matched?
Matching was an incredible relief. ​It feels like a step in the right direction.

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
I’ll be working ​as a Predoctoral Intern ​at the Cypress-Fairbanks ​I​ndependent School District with the ​Department of ​Psychological Services. I’ll be helping students across different settings and learn the ropes of being an effective school psychologist. ​I’m particularly excited for opportunities to build counseling skills both with students and with families. I walked away from the interview feeling like the staff at Cypress-Fairbanks emphasize the training of their interns across all the different areas of school psychology. I’m excited to join the next year’s cohort and join a training-focused internship program!

Will you be at one specific site?
No – I’ll be splitting time across different schools within the same district. ​

How do you feel about moving to Texas?
I’m incredibly excited to move to Texas and forget everything I ever knew about snow.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
As much as I’m excited for the next adventure, I’m incredibly grateful for all my amazing practica and supervision here in Knoxville.


Katie Scott

Katie Scott
Tennessee Internship Consortium
Loudon, TN

 

 

What was the application process like?
The application process was overall very stressful. We had to be extremely organized and on top of things in order to meet all of the required deadlines. The finances involved with applying to multiple sites was also a major stressor!

How do you feel about being matched?
I was both thrilled and entirely relieved to be matched with an APA-accredited internship!

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
As the Cherokee intern, I will have the opportunity to work with several Head Start programs throughout East Tennessee as a behavioral consultant. I will also have opportunities working in the schools as a psychologist and in the KLASS Center as a clinician.

Will you be at one specific site?
No – I will be a part-time Cherokee Health Intern and a part-time KLASS Center Intern, so I will have a very diverse internship experience!

How do you feel about staying in Tennessee?
I am excited to remain in Knoxville and finally call Rocky Top my “home sweet home!”


Kelly SmythKelly Smyth
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Cypress, TX

 

 

What was the application process like?
The process was long and stressful – with tons of waiting in between phases. But thankfully, the cohort worked together throughout the whole process and made it a bit more manageable.

How do you feel about being matched?
Very excited – this is the culmination of our graduate program and it feels really good to have all my hard work pay off with this internship.

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
Traditional school psych duties, but also some specific work with the autism and ADHD populations. Additionally, we will get the chance to conduct some parent training activities that I am very excited about as well.

Will you be at one specific site?
No – I will be assigned to several different schools within the school district I will be working for.

How do you feel about moving to Texas?
Excited and nervous. The moving process is not my favorite and moving across the country is a little overwhelming. But my fiance is coming with me and we are very excited about our next adventure together.


Kelly ThompsonKelly Thompson
Tennessee Internship Consortium
Loudon, TN

 

 

What was the application process like?
The application process was a little time consuming and nerve wracking. Counting all of my hours of experience took a lot of time, but thankfully our cohort helped each other when we had questions or were unsure of how to complete the application.

How do you feel about being matched?
I feel very thankful and excited to get started!

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
I will be working as the school psychology intern for Sweetwater County Schools.

Will you be at one specific site?
Yes, I will be placed in Sweetwater County Schools.

How do you feel about staying in Tennessee?
I am very excited about staying in Tennessee. My husband grew up in Knoxville and we have family in town as well. I have grown to love Knoxville and am very happy to stay in Tennessee.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I am excited to get more experience in the school setting!


Samantha TurnbullSamantha Turnbull
Tennessee Internship Consortium
Loudon, TN

 

 

What was the application process like?
The application process was complex and tedious.

How do you feel about being matched?
I am excited and relieved to have been matched with an APA-accredited internship.

What type of work will you be doing at your internship?
I will be working full-time at Lenoir City Schools doing activities that a typical school psychologist does in the schools.

Will you be at one specific site?
I will be at Lenoir City Schools four days a week and will receive supervision one day a week.

How do you feel about staying in Tennessee?
I am really excited to stay in Tennessee. After being here for four years, Tennessee has become my new home.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I am glad that I finally get to apply everything that I have learned during this program on internship next year.

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