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Dr. Linda Raffaele-Mendez Linda M. Raffaele Mendez, Ph.D. (University of Texas-Austin)
Associate Professor, School Psychology Program Coordinator of Admissions
Phone: (813) 974-1255
raffaele@usf.edu

Dr. Linda Raffaele Mendez graduated with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas - Austin in 1993. She has been with the USF School Psychology program since 1996. Her research interests include gender equity in schools, supports and services for families who have children with special needs, and prevention of behavior problems in schools (including predictors of and alternatives to out-of-school suspension). 

Dissertation title:  Gender-related personality attributes, achievement motivation, and career aspirations:  A comparison of gifted and average ability early adolescent girls

Courses Taught

Grants

Publications 

Recent National and State Presentations

Reading by Design (PDF)

Courses Taught

  • Behavior Disorders
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Behavior Assessment III (Personality Assessment)
  • Seminar in School Psychology

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Grants

    Raffaele Mendez, L. (2012, May). Mentoring youth to end the cycle of homelessness: A university-community collaboration to understand the impact of Starting Right, Now on homeless high school youth in Hillsborough County. Funded by the Office of Community Engagement, University of South Florida, $8,000.00.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. (2010, August). Parent consultation with families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Funded by the Office of Community Engagement, University of South Florida, $3,500.

    Gesten, E., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Perrin, K. (2003, May). Pathways to resilience: A 19-year follow-up of Pinellas youth. Funded by the USF Collaborative for Families, Schools, and Communities, University of South Florida and the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, $15,000.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, October). An analysis of the system of care for children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in Hillsborough County. Funded by the Florida Department of Health, $15,000.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, July). Training parents for their role as advocates. Funded by the USF Collaborative for Families, Schools, and Communities, $14,298.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, July). An analysis of the system of care for children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in Hillsborough County. Funded by the Center for Scholarship in Action, University of South Florida, $15,000.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, January). An analysis of children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in Hillsborough County. Funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, $20,000.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2001, January). Positive parent involvement in education: A protective factor in the educational development of homeless children? Funded by the Research Council, University of South Florida, $7,500.

    Raffaele, L.M., & Daniel, P.L. (1998, February). Wise up: A collaborative project to provide training in the Wise Guys program. Funded by the USF Collaborative for Families, Schools, and Communities and the James and Jennifer Harrell Center for the Study of Domestic Violence, $10,000.

    Raffaele, L.M. (1997, September). An analysis of out-of-school suspensions in Hillsborough County. Funded by the Hillsborough Constituency for Children, $25,000.

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Publications

Books

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2016). Cognitive behavioral therapy in schools: A tiered approach to youth mental health (In production). New York: Routledge Publishing.

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Refereed Journal Articles

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Pelzmann, C., & Frank, M. (2016). Engaging struggling early readers to promote reading success: A pilot study of Reading by Design. Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties. DOI: 10.1080/10573569.2014.986592.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Loker, T., Fefer, S.A., Wolgemuth, J. R., & Mann, A. (2015). "Either come together or fall apart”: Coparenting young children with challenging behaviors. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4(2), 74-91.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Kim, E., Ferron, J., & Woods, B. (2014). Altering school progression through delayed entry or kindergarten retention: Propensity score analysis of long-term outcomes. Journal of Educational Research. DOI:10.1080/00220671.2013.867474.

    Marshall, J., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2014). Following up on community-based developmental screening: Do young children get the services they need? Infants and Young Children, 27(4), 276-291.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Ogg, J., Loker, T., & Fefer, S. (2013). Including parents in the continuum of school-based mental health services: A narrative review of intervention program research from 1995-2010. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 29(1), 1-36.

    Ogg, J., McMahan, M., Dedrick, R. F. & Raffaele Mendez, L. (2013). Middle school students’ willingness to engage in activities with peers with ADHD symptoms: A multiple indicators, multiple causes (MIMIC) model. Journal of School Psychology, 51 (3). 407-20.

    Hoy, B. & Suldo, S. M., Raffaele Mendez, L. (2013). Links between parents’ and children’s levels of gratitude, life satisfaction, and hope. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14 (4), 1343-1361.

    Loker, T., Tan, T., Dedrick, R., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2012). Adopted Chinese girls’ character strengths from preschool to school age: A longitudinal exploratory study. Michigan Family Review, 16 (1), 38-55.

    Friedrich, A., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Mihalas, S. M. (2010). Gender as a factor in school-based mental health service delivery. School Psychology Review, 39(1), 122-136.

    Worcester, J., Nesman, T., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Keller, H. R. (2008). Giving voice to parents of young children with challenging behavior. Exceptional Children, 74 (4), 509-525.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Young, E., Mihalas, S., Cusumano, D.L., & Hoffman, L. (2006). What teachers can do to reduce hidden stressors for girls in middle school. Middle School Journal, 38(2), 13-22.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2003). Predictors of suspension and negative outcomes: A longitudinal investigation. New Directions for Youth Development, 99, 17-33.

    Young, E.L., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2003). The mental health professional’s role in understanding, preventing, and responding to student sexual harassment. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 9, 7-23.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Knoff, H. M. (2003). Who gets suspended from school and why: A demographic analysis of schools and disciplinary infractions in a large school district. Education and Treatment of Children, 26(1), 30-51.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M., Knoff, H.M., & Ferron, J. (2002). School demographic variables and out-of-school suspension rates: A quantitative and qualitative analysis of a large, ethnically diverse school district. Psychology in the Schools, 30(3), 259-277.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M., & Crawford, K.M. (2002). Gender-role stereotyping and career aspirations: A comparison of gifted early adolescent boys and girls. Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 13(3), 96-107.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2000). Gender roles and achievement-related choices: A comparison of early adolescent girls in gifted and general education programs. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 24(2), 149-169.

    Raffaele, L.M., & Knoff, H.M. (1999). Improving home-school collaboration with disadvantaged parents: Organizational principles, perspectives, and approaches.School Psychology Review, 28, 448-466.

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Refereed Book Chapters

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Dennie, C. (2012). Disproportionality in disciplinary outcomes by gender. In C. McLaughlin & A. Noltemeyer (Eds.), Disproportionality in Education and Special Education: A Guide to Creating More Equitable Learning Environments.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Friedrich, A. (2010). Gender differences and equity in the classroom. In A. Canter, S. Carroll, & L. Paige (Eds.), Helping Children at Home and at School (third edition).

    Young, E. L., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2007). The mental health professional’s role in understanding, preventing, and responding to student sexual harassment. In J. E. Zins, M. J. Elias, & C. A. Maher (Eds.), Bullying, Victimization, and Peer Harassment: A Handbook of Prevention and Intervention (pp. 299-316). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc. [Reprint of journal manuscript]

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Mihalas, S., & Hardesty, R. (2006). Gender differences in academic development and performance. In G. G. Bear & K. M. Minke (Eds.), Children's Needs III (pp. 553-565). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2005). Suspension. Encyclopedia of School Psychology.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2004). Gender and education. In C. Spielberger (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, 65-70.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2004). Gender issues in the classroom. In A. Canter, S. Carroll, L. Paige, & I. Romero (Eds.). Helping Children at Home and at School (second edition).

    Young, E.L., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2004). The mental health professional’s role in understanding, preventing, and responding to student sexual harassment. In M.J. Elias, J.E. Zins, & C.A. Maher (Eds.), Handbook of Prevention and Intervention in Peer Harassment, Victimization, and Bullying (pp. 7-23). Binghamton NY: Haworth Press, Inc. [Reprint of journal manuscript]

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M., & Gale, D. (2002). Best practices in considering gender differences in providing psychological services to children and adolescents in schools. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology—IV (pp. 1447-1460). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

    Stark, K.D., Raffaele, L., & Reysa, A. (1994). The treatment of depressed children: A skills training approach to working with children and families. In C.W. LeCroy (Ed.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Treatment Manuals. New York: MacMillan Publishing Company.

Refereed Non-Journal Publications

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Mann, A. (2013, October). Females on the autism spectrum: What clinicians need to know. The Independent Practitioner.

    Mann, A., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Bateman, L., Dennie, C., Preece, K., & Fefer, S. (2012, June). Learning from families of children with ASDs: Development and outcomes of a summer service learning course. Communique.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Hoy, B., Sundman, A. N., & Cunningham, J. (2011, November). Research advances in understanding emotion dysregulation in youth. Communique.

    Cunningham, J., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Sundman. A. (2011, November). Best practices in working with students with emotion dysregulation. Communique.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M., Young, E., & Cusumano, D. (2002, December). Addressing the unique needs of girls in schools: Roles for school psychologists. Communique, 31(4), 11-13.

    Raffaele Mendez, L.M., & Young, E.L. (2002, May). Research briefs: Sexual harassment in elementary and secondary schools. Communique, 30 (7) 38-39.

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Refereed Book Reviews

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2013). Cognitive therapy for adolescents in school settings. Communique. Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2002). Essentials of nonverbal assessment: A review. International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice, 3(2), 107-111.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

    Rosselli, H.C., Raffaele, L.M., Taylor, E.L., & Daniel, P.L. (1998). Women nurturing women in the university: Developing a gender and schooling discussion/research group. Conference Proceedings of the 11th International Women in Higher Education Conference, 674-683.

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Presentations at Professional Conferences

National

Preece, K., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2015, March). Risk and protective factors at school entry: Relation to outcomes in early adolescence. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Randle, C., Connolly, J., & Bonilla, L. (2015, March). A boundary-spanning intervention for homeless adolescents: A mixed methods study. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Blake, J. J., Fenning, P. A., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Skiba, R. J. (2014, August). Dismantling the school to prison pipeline. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2014, February). Cognitive behavioral therapy with adolescents in schools: An interactive workshop. Half-day workshop presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, D.C.

Fenning, P., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Sharkey, J., Sullivan, A. L., & McLoughlin, C.S. (2013, February).Disproportionality: Understanding the issues and creating equitable schools. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

Marshall, J., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2012, October). Parent perceptions of a community-based developmental screening program: Do families get the services their children need? Paper presented at the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Pelzmann, C., & Frank, M. (2012, August). Reading in motion: A games and movement-based intervention to assist struggling young readers. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L., Dennie, C., Mann, A., Fefer, S., & Land, N. (2012, February). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth on the autism spectrum. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.

Mann, A., Raffaele Mendez, L., Dennie, C., & Fefer, S. (2012, February). Parent consultation for youth with autism: A service learning approach. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.

McMahan, M. M., Ogg, J., & Raffaele Mendez, L. (2011, February). How ADHD familiarity influences adolescents’ attitudes toward peers with ADHD. Poster presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Francisco, CA.

Mann, A., Fefer, S., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2011, February). Supporting students with autism spectrum disorders: Classroom interventions. Mini-skills workshop presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Francisco, CA.

Mann, A., Fefer, S., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2011, February). Serving the needs of girls with autism spectrum disorders. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Francisco, CA.

White, T., Saari, B., Matthews, Y., Loker, T., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2010, March). School-based therapeutic interventions for youth who have experienced trauma. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Raffaele Mendez, L.M., Sundman, A., Cihonski, D., Saari, B., Matthews, Y., & Loker, T. (2010, March). Building resiliency in families with autism: A coparenting training model. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Loker, T., Raffaele Mendez, L.M., Ogg, J., Sharp, A., Cihonski, D., Fefer, S., Saari, B., & Matthews, Y. (2010, March). School-based parent training within a response to intervention framework. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Raffaele Mendez, L.M., Loker, T., Saari, B., Sharp, A., Fefer, S., Sundman, A., Matthews, Y., & Cihonski, D. (2010, March). Raising children with challenging behaviors: Exploring how couples coparent. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Saari, B., Sundman, A., & Annis, S. (2009, February). Coparenting in families raising young children with challenging behaviors. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Boston, MA.

Mihalas, S. M., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Cole, C. & Saari, B. (2008, August). Moderators of relational aggression and depression in minority youth. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Saari, B., Smith, J. C., & Dance, L. (2008, February). Kindergarten entry and retention decisions: Long-term outcomes for children. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Sansosti, J. M., Powell-Smith, K. M., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2007, March). Inclusion for students with autism spectrum disorders: Definitions and decision-making. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York, NY.

Cihonski, D., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2006, April). Expression of voice: A qualitative study of adolescent girls. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Anaheim, CA.

Raffaele Mendez, L M., & Sansosti, J. M. (2006, April). Children and youth with special needs: One community’s needs analysis. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Anaheim, CA.

Mihalas, S.T., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2005, August). Helping break the cycle of school violence and aggression: A program evaluation of the Owning Up curricula. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Perrin, K.M., Gesten, E., Green, A., Batsche, C., Raffaele Mendez, L., Austin, B.A., & Salcedo, O., (2005, June). Variables affecting successful completion of high school: Exploring a K-12 longitudinal school-based dataset. Paper presented at Pathways to Resilience: An International Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Worcester, J., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Keller, H. (2005, February). Giving voice to parents obtaining services for young children with special needs. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Tampa, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2003, May). Predictors of suspension and suspension as a predictor of negative school outcomes: A longitudinal investigation of an entire cohort of students from second through twelfth grades. Paper presented at the School to Prison Pipeline Conference sponsored by the Civil Rights Project, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Young, E.L., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2003, April). The mental health professional’s role in understanding, preventing, and responding to student sexual harassment. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Toronto, Ontario.

Berson, I., Moore, J., Raffaele Mendez, L., Briscoe, R., & Panacek, L. (2001, February). Critical issue analysis: Linking the university to the community for system and service improvements. Symposium presented at the International Conference on the University as Citizen: Engaging Universities and Communities, Tampa, FL.

Knoff, H.M., & Raffaele, L.M. (2000, April). Parent involvement and social skills training: Empirical practices and a “Stop and Think” program example. Mini-skills workshop presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Raffaele, L.M. (2000, April). Out-of-school suspension: Predictive factors and preventive strategies. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Raffaele, L.M., & Crawford, K.M. (1999, August). Gender-role stereotyping in the career aspirations of gifted adolescents. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Bradley-Klug, K.L., & Raffaele, L.M. (1999, April). Creating a school-based team to provide services to adolescents with ADHD. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Las Vegas, NV.

Raffaele, L.M., Cusumano, D., & Young, E. (1999, April). Promoting gender equity: What is the role of the school psychologist? Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Las Vegas, NV.

Raffaele, L.M., Borah, J., & Chesno, E.J. (1998, August). School, family, and community factors related to middle school suspensions. Poster presented at the 106th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Raffaele, L.M., Cusumano, D., & Young, E. (1998, August). Advocating for adolescent girls: A national survey of school psychologists. Poster presented at the 106th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Raffaele, L.M., Ackerman, E., Crawford, K., & Smith, J. (1998, April). Helping gifted girls overcome the effects of gender role stereotyping. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele, L.M., Rosselli, H.C., Taylor, E.L., & Daniel, P.L. (1998, January). Women nurturing women in the university: Developing a gender and schooling discussion/research group. Panel presented at the 11th annual international conference on Women in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA.

Raffaele, L.M. (1997, August). Giftedness, gender roles, and achievement-related choices. Poster presented at the 105th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.

State and Regional

Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2016). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for externalizing disorders: A tiered approach. Half-day workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Palm Harbor, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2015, July). Helping adolescents navigate challenging family contexts using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Featured presentation at the Florida Association of School Psychologists’ Summer Institute, Naples, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Frank, M., & Stone, B. (2014, November). Styles of interaction in cognitive therapy: An interactive workshop. CEU workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Sarasota, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Randle, C., Ornduff, R., Lam, Y. H., Delach, T., Esposito, E., Dickinson, S., & Mulrenin, S. (2014, November). Helping youth develop emotion regulation skills: Practical strategies for schools. Skill building workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Sarasota, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Mattison, A., Connolly, J., & Bonilla, L. (2014, November). Preventing school exclusion: Implications of recent research for school-based practice. Skill building workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Sarasota, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2013, October). CBT with adolescents in schools: Creating effective Socratic dialogues. CEU workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Russell, O., Vazquez, V., Mattison, A., Randle, C. Ornduff, R., Connolly, J., McCullough, M., & Knap, K. (2013, October). Serving our most vulnerable students: A wraparound intervention for homeless youth. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Mann, A., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2012, November). Global perspectives on autism spectrum disorders. Invited CEU workshop presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Pelzmann, C., & Frank, M. (2012, November). Reading in motion: A new tier 2 intervention for struggling early readers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Dennie, C., Mann, A., Fefer, S. A., Land, L. N. (2011, November). Cognitive-behavior therapy for youth with ASD. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Mann, A., Fefer, S., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2010, November). Serving the needs of girls with autism spectrum disorders. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Miami, FL.

Mann, A., Fefer, S., & Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2010, November). Classroom strategies for supporting students with ASD. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Miami, FL.

Fefer, S., Raffaele Mendez, L., Mann, A., & Dennie, C. (2010, November). Promoting wellness on the spectrum: What families want and need. Paper presented at the Florida Association of School Psychologists Conference, Miami, FL.

Ogg, J., Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Fefer, S., Loker, T., & Cihonski, D. (2010, November). Including parents in the continuum of school-based mental health services. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Miami, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Loker, T., Matthews, Y., Saari, B., & White, T. (2009, October). School-based therapeutic interventions for youth who have experienced trauma. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, St. Petersburg, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Loker, T., Saari, B., Sundman, A., Matthews, Y., Cihonski, D., Sharp, A., & Fefer, S. (2009, October). Coparenting a child with challenging behaviors: A qualitative investigation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, St. Petersburg, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Saari, B., Loker, T., Sundman, A., & Annis, S. (2008, October). Fostering resilience in families of children with challenging behaviors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Raffaele Mendez, L. M., & Saari, B. (2008, October). Long-term outcomes of kindergarten entry and retention decisions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Mihalas, S. T., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2005, November). Considering systems variables in promoting effective school-based interventions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Hollywood, FL.

Redmon, S., Blalock, J., Hess, J., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, November). Building strategic planning partnerships at the community and state levels. Partners in Leadership Conference, St. Petersburg, FL.

Hess, J., & Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2002, February). An analysis of children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs in Hillsborough County. Poster presented at Health Sciences Center (HSC) Research Day, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. (Received a Superior Presentation award.)

Raffaele Mendez, L.M. (2000, November). Differences between schools with high and low suspension rates: A qualitative and quantitative analysis. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Miami Beach, FL.

Raffaele, L.M. (1999, November). Decreasing out-of-school suspensions: Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Raffaele, L.M., Cusumano, D., & Young, E. (1998, November). Advocating for adolescent girls: A national survey of school psychologists. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Tampa, FL.

Kimmel, E., Rosselli, H., Ogren, C., Raffaele, L., & Bartsch, I. (1998, February). Separate at times: A consideration of the issues on single sex education. Focused dialogue presented at the 21st annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Tampa, FL.

Raffaele, L.M. (1998, February). Gifted adolescent girls’ perceptions of male-dominated, female-dominated, and gender-balanced careers. Paper presented at the 21st annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Tampa, FL.

Raffaele, L.M. (1997, November). Working with families to support young children’s learning. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists, Daytona Beach, FL.

Jones, A., Lazarou, B., Raffaele, L.M., & Taylor, E. (1997, June). Gifted girls: What do teachers need to know? Workshop presented at the Florida Association for the Gifted Summer Institute. Tampa, FL.

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Workshops/Invited Presentations

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2015, August). Helping adolescents navigate challenging family contexts using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Invited training for all school support personnel in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M., Saari, B., & Smith, J. C. (2007, October). Understanding psychoeducational evaluations for young children. Presentation to student support personnel from Hillsborough County Head Start, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele Mendez, L. M. (2000, May). Building your child’s developmental assets. Presentation for parents of children enrolled at Metropolitan Ministries Academy, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M. (1999, January).  An analysis of out-of-school suspensions in Hillsborough County. Three presentations for members of the Hillsborough County community through the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL.

    Bradley-Klug, K.L., & Raffaele, L. M. (1998, March and October). ADHD in adolescents. Workshop for middle and high school educators from throughout the state of Florida through the State of Florida Student Support Services Project, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M., & Bradley-Klug, K.L. (1998, February). Classroom interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD:  A workshop for teachers-in-training. Workshop for pre-service teachers through the Suncoast Area Teacher Training Program, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele, L.M. (1998, February). Conducting behavioral observations: A workshop for educators in Taylor County. Workshop for Taylor County teachers and student support personnel through the State of Florida Student Support Services Project, Perry, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M. (1997, December). Reviewing, understanding, and interpreting assessment instruments. Workshop for administrators and student support services personnel in small and rural districts throughout the state of Florida through the Institute for Small and Rural Districts, Monticello, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M. (1997, July). Gifted girls and career development. Workshop for adolescent girls identified as gifted and talented through the 1997 Summer Leadership Program for Young Women, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M. (1996, December). Top ten ways to contribute to structure and warmth in the classroom. Workshop for Americorps volunteers through AmeriCorps Tampa, Tampa, FL.

    Raffaele, L. M. (1996, November). Encouraging classroom success among children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Workshop for AmeriCorps volunteers through Americorps Tampa, Tampa, FL.

Reading in Motion

A Pilot Study of a Games and Movement-Based Intervention for Struggling First Grade Readers. This study develops a new Tier II reading intervention for struggling first grade readers.  Titled Reading in Motion, the intervention is focused on developing early reading skills by using games and movement to accompany a basal reader and a computer-based reading program.  The study is a collaboration of Linda Raffaele Mendez Ph.D. (Department of Psychological and Social Foundations, University of South Florida) and Catherine Pelzmann M.Ed. (Proprietor, Advantage Tutoring).  The intervention, which is based on the teaching methods developed by Ms. Pelzmann, was delivered to 10 struggling first grade readers by trained graduate students in the USF School Psychology department and one certified teacher during summer 2011.  The program involves lessons from a basal reader and word study games designed to accompany the basal reader as well as computer-based reading activities (i.e., Reader Rabbit Interactive Reading Journey 1). Another important aspect of the program is parent involvement; parents play games with their children and read with them from the basal in the evening. The program is a pilot study.
 
 

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