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Mary Tusing 2012Mary Beth Tusing

Degree: Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Area: School Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 273, HSS 161
Phone: (715) 836-5525




I completed my graduate training in school psychology at the University of South Carolina and pre-doctoral internship in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the faculty of UW-Eau Claire, I was a school psychologist in the Eau Claire Area School District for 15 years. At UW-Eau Claire, I have a shared appointment in the Psychology Department and Human Development Center. In the Human Development Center, I supervise the work of student clinicians as they collaborate with students from other pre-professional programs to serve children and families referred to our clinic. Currently, I serve as the director for the School Psychology graduate program.

Teaching Interests

I primarily teach courses in the graduate program and am passionate about preparing new psychologists for the exciting and challenging career of school psychology.

  • PSYC 760 Psychoeducational Assessment I and II
  • PSYC 761 Practicum:Assessment
  • PSYC 785 Practicum:School Psychology
  • PSYC 786 Practicum:Clinical Settings

Research Interests

My research interests are directly tied to scholarship that informs the clinical practice and training of school psychologists. Most specifically, I pursue research that informs assessment practices and data-based decision making in education. Currently, I am conducting research evaluating the validity and practical utility of academic screening assessments. Given my work in the Human Development Center, I am also interested in research that informs training and practice in interprofessional collaboration.

Student Involvement

In addition to my work in the graduate program, I enjoy supporting undergraduates interested in graduate work in education and/or school  psychology. Undergraduates can work with me through independent study activities, internships, or faculty student collaborative research. The School Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is a great way for students to learn more about the work of school psychologists.

Selected Presentations and Publications

Butterfuss, R., &Tusing, M. E.(2015). Early Literacy Screening: Comparing PALS-K with computerized assessments. Presented at the annual Posters in the Rotunda Symposium, Madison, WI.

Tusing, M. E., &Stokes, A.(2015). Montessori education and RtI: Joining two child centered philosophies. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Meier, B., Olson-McBride, L., &Tusing, M. E.(2014). Consensus through multiple lenses: Involving multiple stakeholders in interdisciplinary partnerships.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Indianapolis, IN.

Herzog, S. &Tusing, M. E.(2014). Effectiveness of Sound Partners in improving early literacy skills in first grade. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day.

Butterfuss, R., Gehring, A., &Tusing, M. E.(2014). A comparison of AIMSweb TEL and PALS-K Reading Assessments. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day.

Tusing, M. E., &Ford, L.(2004). Examining preschool cognitive abilities using a CHC framework. International Journal of Testing, 4(2), 91-114.

Tusing, M. E., Maricle, D. E., &Ford, L.(2002). Assessment of young children with the Woodcock Johnson III.In F. Schrank &D. P. Flanagan (Eds.) WJ-III clinical use and interpretation.NY: Academic Press.