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Michael J. Curtis '67, professor of school psychology in the department of psychological and social foundations at the University of South Florida in Tampa, received the National Association of School Psychologists' 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award.

A press release from the association states, "For 30 years, Dr. Curtis has dedicated his career to the quality preparation of school psychologists, educating, supervising and mentoring hundreds of specialist and doctoral level school psychologists. His scholarly contributions and understanding of systems level change and long range planning have singularly influenced the knowledge base of school psychology and the professional standards on which school psychological practice currently rests."

Curtis holds a master's degree from St. Lawrence as well, and earned the Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked at the University of Cincinnati and was a visiting scholar at the University of Exeter in England, and has been on the faculty at the University of South Florida since 1993.

President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 1988-89, Curtis has held a number of other leadership posts in the organization. He also has also been involved with several other professional organizations, including service as president of the Ohio School Psychologists Association, the Journal of School Psychology and the Society for the Study of School Psychology, and as chair of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs. Curtis has served as a member, chair or co-chair of committees in the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association for 12 years and as an accreditation site visitor for APA since 1988. He also has been an organizational consultant to 27 schools or school districts and has assisted 21 state school psychological associations with strategic and long-range planning.

Curtis is also the author of some 20 chapters in textbooks and hundreds of articles for a variety of publications. In addition, he has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years, including service on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton County (FL) Special Olympics.

Psyhology at St. Lawrence

The National Association of School Psychologists Web site

Posted: November 10, 2005

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