Richard Nagle

Research Interests

Dr. Nagle joined the department faculty last year as the Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina where he taught in the Department of Psychology from 1975 to 2006. At USC, he was named a Louise Fry Scudder Professor in recognition of his sustained record of excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and advising, and professional contributions outside the university. Dr. Nagle also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and is a Fellow in Division 16 of the American Psychological Association. He recently received "The Outstanding Contributions to Training Award" by the Trainers of School Psychologists at the 2007 annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists. His current research interests are:

  • Psychosocial consequences of chronic illness and disabilities in children and adolescence
  • Behavioral intervention with children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Early prediction of school failure
  • Preschool and early childhood assessment
  • Systems/organizational applications to school and mental health services


  • Ph.D. (with distinction), 1975, Columbia University, School Psychology
  • M.A., 1971, University of Akron, Clinical-Counseling Psychology
  • B.A., 1968, Fairfield University, Psychology

Representative Publications

  • Nagle, R.J. & Gagnon, S.G. (2008). Best practices in planning and conducting needs assessments. To appear in A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology: V, Silver Springs, Maryland: National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Bracken, B.A. & Nagle, R.J. (Eds), (2007) Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children. Fourth Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Mahwah, NJ.
  • Nagle, R.J. (2007). Issues in preschool assessment. In B. Bracken & R.J. Nagle(Eds), Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children, Fourth Edition. pp 39- 48. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Mahwah, NJ.
  • Gagnon, S.G., Nagle, R.J., and Nickerson, A.B. (2007). Parent and teacher ratings of peer interactive play and social-emotional development of preschool children with "at-risk" status. Journal of Early Intervention, 29, 228-242.
  • Nickerson, A. & Nagle, R.J. (2005). Parent and peer relations in middle childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25, 223-249.
  • Forman, S., Smallwood, D., & Nagle, R.J. (2005). Organizational and individual factors in bringing research to practice: What we know; Where we need to go. Psychology in the Schools, 42, 56.
  • Nagle, R.J., Suldo, S., Christenson, S., & Hansen, A. (2004) Perspectives of academic positions of graduate students in school psychology programs. School Psychology Quarterly, 19, 311-326.
  • Nickerson, A. & Nagle, R.J. (2004) The influence of parent and peer attachments on life satisfaction in middle childhood and early adolescence . Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality of Life Measurement, 66, 35-60.
  • Gagnon, S. D. & Nagle, R.J. (2004). Relationships between peer interactive play and social competence in at-risk preschool children. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 173-190.
  • Huebner, E.S., Nagle, R.J., & Suldo, S.M. (2003). Quality of life assessment in children and adolescents: The Multidimensional Student's Life Satisfaction Scale. (pp. 179-190). In Sirgy, J., Rahtz, D., & Samli, A. C. (Eds.), Advances in Quality of Life Theory and Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • McDermott, S., Nagle, R.J., Wright, H., Swann, Suzanne, S., Leonhardt, T, and Wuori, D. (2002). Consultation in pediatric rehabilitation for behaviour problems in young children with cerebral palsy and/or developmental delay. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 5, No. 2, 99-106.
  • Nagle, R.J. (2002). Best practices in planning and conducting needs assessments. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology: IV (pp. 265-280). Silver Springs, MD. : National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Huebner, E. S., Brantley, A., Nagle, R.J. & Valois, R. (2002). Correspondence between parent and adolescent ratings of life satisfaction for adolescents with and without mental disabilities. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 20, 424-433.
  • Brantley, A., Huebner, E. S. & Nagle, R.J. (2002).Multidimensional life satisfaction reports of adolescents with mild mental disabilities. Mental Retardation,40, 321- 329.
Title: Visiting Distinguished Professor
Department: Department of Psychology

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Phone: (828) 262-7645