Bonnie Nastasi

Bonnie Nastasi
Tulane University | TU · Department of Psychology

PhD

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The purpose of this article is to provide researchers with a framework for promoting high quality mixed methods school-based consultation research. Furthermore, this article is intended for researchers and practitioners interested in evaluating their practice. To meet these objectives, we address quality criteria for quantitative (validity) and qua...
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School psychology has been criticized for limited attention to and limited evidence-based resources for diverse populations in domestic and international settings, in part because of its foundations on psychological knowledge generated primarily in North America and Western Europe. Moreover, in the past 25 years, the profession has made insufficien...
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Bonnie Nastasi’s career made a full circle from Louisiana to Ohio to Illinois to Connecticut to New York, back to Connecticut, and returning to her birthplace, New Orleans, with her primary career at Tulane, University. She developed an international career, related to a number of special research projects in locations such as Mauritius, India, and...
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This handbook examines the meanings, implications, and transformative potential of a child-rights approach for school psychology. It focuses on the school community, in which psychology is committed to promoting well-being, learning, and development of all children. The handbook begins with an overview of the 1989 United Nations Committee on the Ri...
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School psychology, and more broadly, psychology, has been criticized for its current foundations which are primarily based on knowledge generated in North America and Western Europe, and thus have offered limited approaches to working with diverse populations in domestic and international settings. This article proposes the infusion of global and i...
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A key part of promoting social justice as school psychologists is infusing practice with actions that breakdown systems of inequity and incorporate systems of inclusion. The current manuscript provides a description of applying social justice as a framework in universal programming through child rights education. Additionally, the manuscript descri...
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To address the gap between the importance of the behavioral sciences to teaching and learning and the diminishing role of such sciences in teacher-leader preparation, the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) developed the “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK–12 Teaching and Lea...
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The purpose of the current content analysis was to build upon previous empirical research both within school psychology and in other subdisciplines of psychology to refine the operationalized definition of social justice within school psychology research. Operationalizing the definition and substantiating it within the empirical literature is a cri...
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In a series of three articles, O’Neal and colleagues describe the application of Participatory Culture-Specific Consultation (PCSC) with mixed methods research to explore the needs of a hidden population of teachers serving Burmese refugee students in unauthorized schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and develop and evaluate a culturally relevant and...
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This article describes the design and implementation of a group couples' intervention focused on improving women's sexual health as a component of a multilevel community, clinical, and counseling intervention project conducted in association with a gynecological service in a municipal urban health center in a low-income community in Mumbai, India....
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This article proposes a reconceptualization of cultural competence to facilitate development and adaptation of interventions relevant to local systems of meaning, knowledge, and action. Included in this model of cultural competence are three components: intercultural competence, culturally sensitive research methods, and rights-respecting research....
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School-based mental health services are those delivered by school-employed and community-employed providers in school buildings. With the implementation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) that funds school-based health centers, school-based mental health services could become more broadly available in communities...
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Research points to the importance of sociocultural and developmental experiences in understanding children's social supports. The present study examines qualitative themes about children's social supports, derived from a multicountry study of 604 school-aged children (ages 4–19 years). Using the ecomap (a child-generated paper-and-pencil drawing de...
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In India, girls face many challenges that pose a threat to their sexual health and psychological well-being. The authors explore sexual health from the perspectives of adolescent girls, mothers of adolescent girls, and service providers. Focus groups and interview data were analyzed to understand the unique and shared perspectives of stakeholders....
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The implementation of evidence-based psychological programming to meet the needs of a global population has been impeded by the translation of theories and research findings across populations and settings without due consideration of cultural factors. The purpose of this article is to discuss the rationale for use of partnership-based methods in t...
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In the United States, children that require mental health supports most frequently receive them in school. Promoting social-emotional skills is considered both a universal prevention against future psychological disturbances as well as a core component in the treatment of psychological disorders. However, fostering social-emotional skills requires...
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The economic crisis and severe austerity measures that have engulfed Greece over the last decade have had a significant impact on the people’s mental health and mental health services (Economou et al., 2013; Triliva, Fragkiadaki, & Balamoutsou, 2013). Increased child poverty is one of the consequences of the economic crisis in Greece. According to...
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Within US public school ecologies, roughly 45 million children spend a 12-year, full-time, government-mandated interaction with other children and adults as well as legal-, legislative-, and social-systemic factors that potently influence their developmental trajectories. Further, American children are developing in local contexts at the intersecti...
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This article describes an initiative undertaken by a coalition of psychologists (Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education) from the American Psychological Association (APA) to identify the top twenty principles from psychological science relevant to teaching and learning in the classroom. These principles are identified along with their ba...
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Psychological science has much to contribute to preK-12 education because substantial psychological research exists on the processes of learning, teaching, motivation, classroom management, social interaction, communication, and assessment. This article details the psychological science that led to the identification, by the American Psychological...
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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the cross-site patterns of stressors and supports reported by children and adolescents participating in the Promoting Psychological Well-Being Globally (PPWBG) project. Drawing on focus group transcripts from participating sites, data were analyzed for types of stressors and supports across site (13 sites f...
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This chapter presents the research methodology of the Promoting Psychological Well-Being Globally project. The project was initiated as a joint effort of the International School Psychology Association and Society for the Study of School Psychology and through collaboration among school and educational psychologists from 12 countries: Brazil, Eston...
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This chapter explores youth phenomenology about the variables important to the psychological well-being of Sri Lankan preadolescents and adolescents. Using focus group interviews and ecomap drawings and narratives, the authors identified culturally and developmentally relevant competencies, sociocultural stressors and supports, and culturally relev...
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This chapter describes the rationale and conceptual foundations for the Promoting Psychological Well-Being Globally (PPWBG) project that is the focus of this book. The purpose of the multi-country project was to explore psychological well-being of children and adolescents from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders (children, adolescents, parent...
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In India, ranked 132nd out of 148 countries on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index (2013), females face numerous challenges that pose a threat to their sexual health and psychological well-being. This chapter focuses specifically on adolescent unmarried females living in an urban slum, a particularly vulnerable segment of the population that...
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In this chapter, we consider the findings of Promoting Psychological Well-Being Globally (PPWBG) project in the context of the conceptual foundations described in Chap. 1: ecological systems theory, conceptual model of psychological well-being, child rights, and the participatory culture-specific intervention model (PCSIM). The findings are discuss...
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Women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) facing poverty, challenging living conditions, and gender inequality often express their emotional difficulties through physical health concerns. These women seek care at primary health facilities. However, primary care providers in LMICs only treat the physical health symptoms and lack appropriate...
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Inequitable gender norms in societies and communities negatively contribute to women's sexual and reproductive health. While the need for change in gender norms is well recognized, the task is highly challenging in terms of intervention design, implementation and assessment of impact. This paper describes a methodology for identification of gender...
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School psychology has recently reconceptualized its service provision model to include multitiered systems of academic and psychosocial promotion, prevention, and intervention. The availability of evidence-based programs and advances in school consultation theory accompany the paradigm shift of the field. Despite these advances, implementing multit...
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In this unique handbook, experts team up to explain the many innovative ways psychology is being applied to promote social justice. The wide-ranging, three-volume work addresses such significant issues as social justice ideology and critical psychology, war and trauma, poverty and classism, environmental justice, and well-being and suffering. It sh...
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This handbook addresses universal developmental and cultural factors contributing to child and adolescent mental health and well-being across the globe. It examines sociocultural contexts of development and identifies children's and adolescents' perspectives as critical to understanding and promoting their psychological well-being. It details the P...
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This article describes the development of a dynamic culturally constructed clinical practice model for HIV/STI prevention, the Narrative Intervention Model (NIM), and illustrates its application in practice, within the context of a 6-year transdisciplinary research program in Mumbai, India. Theory and research from anthropology, psychology, and pu...
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This article illustrates the application of psychological and educational consultation in an international setting. With the goal of promoting psychological well-being of the school-age population, a partnership was formed between an American school psychologist and a Sri Lankan educational sociologist and teacher educator. The partners, or co-cons...
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This paper examines the relationship of empowerment to women's self-reported general health status and women's self-reported health during pregnancy in low-income communities in Mumbai. The data on which this paper is based were collected in three study communities located in a marginalised area of Mumbai. We draw on two data sources: in-depth qual...
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Mental-illness-related (MIR) stigma is recognized as a major barrier to health care. Yet very little is known about mental illness and stigma among Vietnamese populations, or how emigration and acculturation processes might affect traditional views. Focus group discussions were conducted with Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans (Louisiana) and Vie...
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The United Nations (1989) Convention on the Rights of the Child was designed to promote and protect the survival, development, and well-being of children, thus extending human rights to individuals from birth to age 18. This article examines the consistency of the Articles of the Convention with the professional standards for school psychology, as...
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Background: The present study assessed the effectiveness of a brief narrative intervention implemented by trained biomedical and Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy (AYUSH) providers from three low-income communities in Mumbai, India. Methods: A quasi-experimental research design compared attitudinal and behavioural changes among a cohort...
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Objectives: This study assesses the potential influences on migration on mental illness related knowledge and perceptions among Vietnamese populations. Methods: Eight focus group discussions, with a total of 81 participants, were conducted with Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese nationals (4 in each population). Results: Mental illness was an ab...
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Describes a participatory approach to consultation that builds upon contemporary models of research and practice and is designed to address the culture-specific needs of individuals and systems. The Participatory Culture-Specific Consultation (PCSC) model embodies a participatory interpersonal process and relies on ethnographic and action research...
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The authors propose a participatory approach for conceptualizing and implementing research-based interventions that has as its primary aim the development of acceptable and sustainable change efforts. The Participatory Intervention Model (PIM), rooted in participatory action research, provides a mechanism for integrating theory, research, and pract...
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As school psychology researchers and practitioners respond to demands for empirically supported interventions, questions have been raised regarding the responsiveness of those individuals who are responsible for implementation, what we have come to refer to as treatment or intervention acceptability. The purpose of this special issue (see records...
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As we enter the 21st Century, school psychologists are in a key position to participate in comprehensive health care of children and adolescents. For the most part, however, school psychologists have persisted in the conduct of traditional psychoeducational assessment as a primary function. Presented here is a model for thinking about school psycho...
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The chapter explores converging international forces that provide the context for future development of school psychology, examines the current status of school psychology internationally, and proposes a model for guiding future development of the profession on a global level. A primary reason for universal insufficiency of mental health services f...
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This article reports the findings of a school-based intervention project conducted in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka 15 to 18 months after the December 2004 Tsunami. The work responds to the need for culturally relevant programming to address long-term psychosocial recovery of children and adolescents affected by large scale disasters. Program...
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Large scale natural disasters pose serious risks to mental health and simultaneously wreak havoc on the very systems called upon to ameliorate those risks. School-based mental health services have been identified as a potential mechanism through which gaps in service delivery systems can be addressed in post-disaster environments. We believe that a...
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School psychology training programs are required to provide multicultural training to preservice school psychologists; however, trainers have had difficulty adequately including multicultural content into the curriculum. Thus, there is a gap between the requirements and the training that many school psychologists receive. Training programs have gra...
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The intent of this preliminary study is to explore the effectiveness of self-modeling in altering maladaptive behavior in children through the mediating effect of modifying their autobiographical memories of their dysfunctional behaviors. We proposed that the alteration of inappropriate classroom behaviors afforded by the self-modeling intervention...
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This chapter describes research, intervention, and evaluation projects conducted over a decade by a collaborative Indo-US group that are focused on the prevention of HIV/STI among married women and men living in urban poor communities in Mumbai, India. Formative research on men's and women's sexual and reproductive health, using qualitative and qua...
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This article uses the Comprehensive Mixed-Methods Participatory Evaluation (CMMPE; Nastasi and Hitchcock Transforming school mental health services: Population-based approaches to promoting the competency and wellness of children, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press with National Association of School Psychologists 2008; Nastasi et al. School-based men...
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This paper explores the meaning and applicability of multilevel interventions and the role of ethnography in identifying intervention opportunities and accounting for research design limitations. It utilizes as a case example the data and experiences from a 6-year, NIMH-funded, intervention to prevent HIV/STI among married men in urban poor communi...
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This study examines how a curriculum that aimed to instill in students a way of solving their everyday social problems instead became a site for replaying students' understandings of solutions approved by teachers and thus was limited in shaping their subjectivities. We draw on research in the ethnography of speaking, particularly in school setting...
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The objectives of this study were to identify sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence, assess behavioral and symptom correlates, and develop intervention strategies. The goal of this study was to conduct one of the first community-based surveys of STI prevalence and risk behaviors among married men in India. In 2003, 2,408 randomly selected...
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This article expands on an emerging mixed-method approach for validating culturally-specific constructs (see Hitchcock et al., 2005). Previous work established an approach for dealing with cultural impacts when assessing psychological constructs and the current article extends these efforts into studying stress reactions among adolescents in Sri La...
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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the application of mixed methods research designs to multiyear programmatic research and development projects whose goals include integration of cultural specificity when generating or translating evidence-based practices. The authors propose a set of five mixed methods designs related to different phas...
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This special volume provides theoretical and empirical models for multicultural school psychology practice, based on the work of the contributing authors who are engaged in efforts to address multicultural or cross-cultural issues in practice and/or to provide culturally specific or culturally embedded services in schools. This introductory article...
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Despite on-going calls for developing cultural competency among mental health practitioners, few assessment instruments consider cultural variation in psychological constructs. To meet the challenge of developing measures for minority and international students, it is necessary to account for the influence culture may have on the latent constructs...
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While there has been a trend toward greater disciplinary collaboration over the last several decades, the emergence of the HIV pandemic has required that disciplines work more closely and creatively to generate the multiple and innovative approaches necessary to meet the demands for effective prevention and treatment. This paper describes the natur...
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The objectives of this paper are to (1) understand the nature of men's extramarital sexuality in three low income communities in Mumbai, India; (2) explore the associations between marital relationships and extramarital sex; and (3) assess the implications of the research results for intervention. Results are based on survey data collected from 2,4...
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Men's pre- and extra-marital sexual behavior has been identified as the primary factor in the growing HIV/STI epidemic among both males and females in India. One major barrier to reaching men has been their underutilization of public health services, which has severely limited programs geared to prevention and early case identification. A significa...
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This commentary summarizes four major themes emerging from this special issue: (a) Consultation with nonmainstream families involves empowering parents to navigate the public education system, integrating cultural considerations into consultation and intervention, and educating families and school personnel; (b) a participatory process that brings...
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The Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Subcommittee (IQRS) of the Task for on Evidence-based Interventions in School Psychology assumed the responsibility of developing criteria for reviewing qualitative methods used in intervention research. The IQRS, composed primarily of psychologists and anthropologists, was confronted with the long-standin...
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Cultural specificity is considered important in developing effective school- and community-based interventions. This article illustrates the use of ethnographic research to enhance understanding of students' cultural experiences and facilitate the development of culturally specific interventions. Ethnographic data were collected during formative an...
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The purpose of this article is to illustrate a mixed-method approach (i.e., combining qualitative and quantitative methods) for advancing the study of construct validation in cross-cultural research. The article offers a detailed illustration of the approach using the responses 612 Sri Lankan adolescents provided to an ethnographic survey. Such sur...
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Increasingly, schools across the nation are encountering behaviorally challenging students entering primary grade classrooms. With this project, we sought to effectively intervene with such students within a public school setting using an empirically derived team approach adapted for use in an applied setting. The Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT)...
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This commentary summarizes four major themes emerging from this special issue: (a) Consultation with nonmainstream families involves empowering parents to navigate the public education system, integrating cultural considerations into consultation and intervention, and educating families and school personnel; (b) a participatory process that brings...
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The 2002 Future of School Psychology Conference called for reform of current models of professional school psychology, including a paradigm shift toward a public health model of practice. This article explores the role of school psychologists in efforts to achieve an integrated public health and public education model for delivering comprehensive s...
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Much of the responsibility for the transmission of HIV/STD lies with men involved in sexually risky behavior. While there are many programs aimed at reducing men's risky behavior, insuffi- cient attention has been paid to men's perspectives on sexual health and the cultural context within which men engage in risky behavior. This paper reports on a...
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Despite the overwhelming evidence of the marital unit as a significant locus for transmission of HIV/STD for women throughout the world, there has been little effort to explore the factors in marital relationships that are associated with transmission or prevention. Data for this paper was collected through a structured survey and STD testing of bo...
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This book is designed for practitioners, researchers, and graduate students who are interested in meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents in the 21st century through comprehensive school-based programming. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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As we enter the 21st Century, school psychologists are in a key position to participate in comprehensive health care of children and adolescents. For the most part, however, school psychologists have persisted in the conduct of traditional psychoeducational assessment as a primary function. Presented here is a model for thinking about school psycho...
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In this study we examined the discourse components, interaction patterns, and reasoning complexity of 4 groups of 12 Grade 8 students in 2 science classrooms as they constructed mental models of the nature of matter, both on their own and with teacher guidance. Interactions within peer and teacher-guided small group discussions were videotaped and...
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The research corpus on the use of computer environments for enhancing children's metacognition is incomplete and inconsistent. This is attributable to deficiencies in several areas. This article reviews a series of empirical studies, designed to address these deficiencies that investigate (a) the effects of theoretically-based Logo environments on...