Sandra G. Gagnon

Education

  • Ph.D., 2001, University of South Carolina, School Psychology
  • M.Ed., 1995, The Citadel, School Psychology
  • Ed.S., 1996, The Citadel, School Psychology
  • B.S., 1989, The University of Georgia, Child and Family Development


Research Interests

  • High school and college bullying
  • Preschool social-emotional-behavioral development
  • INSIGHTS Into Children’s Temperaments
  • Child temperament
  • Adult-child relationships
  • Parent and teaching stress
  • Peer interactive play
  • Intervention fidelity
  • Needs assessment
  • Examiner errors in graduate student standardized test administration


Teaching Interests

Psychology Applied to Teaching, Educational Psychology, Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention, Emotional/Behavioral Assessment for Intervention

 

Representative Publications

(bold denotes students)

Nagle, R. J., Gagnon, S. G., & Kidder-Ashley, P. (in press; May 2020). Issues in preschool assessment. In V. C. Alfonso, B. B. Bracken, & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational assessment of preschool children, Fifth Edition. 

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Kidder-Ashley, P., & Lewis Heffner, A. (2019). Preschool student-teacher relationships and student-specific teaching stress. Early Childhood Education Journal, 47, 217-225. doi: 10.1007/s10643-018-0920-z

McClowry, S. G., & Gagnon, S. G. (2018). Maintaining the Fidelity of An Intervention. In B. Melnyk & D. Morrison-Beedy (Eds.), Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding (2nd Ed). Springer Publishing.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Reichard, A. E., Kidder-Ashley, P., Griggs, M. S., Struby, J., & Bollinger, J. (2014). Help me Play! Parental Behaviors, Child Temperament, and Preschool Peer Play. Journal of Child and Family Studies, doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9743-0.

Huelsman, T. J., Gagnon, S. G., Kidder-Ashley, P., & Griggs, M. S. (2014). Preschool temperament assessment: A quantitative assessment of the validity of Behavioral Style Questionnaire data. Early Education and Development.

Nagle, R. J., & Gagnon, S. G. (2014). Best practices in designing and conducting needs assessment. In P. L. Harrison & A. Thomas (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology: Systems-level services. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Griggs, M. S., Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Kidder-Ashley, P., & Ballard, M. (2009). Student-teacher relationships matter: Moderating influences between temperament and preschool social competence. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 553-567.

Nagle, R. J., Gagnon, S. G. (2008). Best Practices in Planning and Conducting Needs Assessment. In A. Thomas, & J. Grimes (Eds.) Best practices in school psychology - V. Washington, DC: National Association of School Psychologists.

Gagnon, S. G., Nagle, R. J., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Parent –teacher convergence: Ratings of peer interactive play and social emotional development of preschool children at risk. Journal of Early Intervention.

Gagnon, S. G., Kidder-Ashley, P., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Assessment of school and classroom environment. In B. A. Bracken & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational assessment of preschool children (4th ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Nickerson, A. B., Duvall, C. C., & Gagnon, S. G. (2007). Assessment of home and family dynamics. In B. A. Bracken & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational assessment of preschool children (4th ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Gagnon, S. G., & Nagle, R. J. (2004). Relationships between peer interactive play and social competence in at-risk preschool children. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 173-189.

 

Presentations

(bold denotes students)

Kidder-Ashley, P., Shelton, A., Winner, B., Pages, M., & Gagnon, S. G. (2020, February). Late-adolescent targets of bullying: Personality characteristics, coping strategies, social support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Baltimore, MD.

Gagnon, S. G., Hendricks, C., Wingfield, L., Walker, H. E., Black, H., & Masland, L.  (2020, February). Just say the words in blue! Reducing examiner errors in WISC-V administration and scoring. Poster presented at the 2020 Trainers in School Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Gagnon, S. G., Walker, H. E., Black, H., Hendricks, C., & Wingfield, L. (2019, October). Just say the words in blue! Reducing examiner errors in WISC-V administration (initial findings). Poster presented at the 2019 North Carolina School Psychology Association Fall Conference, Wilmington, NC. 

Gagnon, S. G., Walker, H. E., & Black, H. (2019, February). Teaching psychoeducational assessment: Putting evidence-based practice to work. Poster presented at the 2019 Trainers in School Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Kidder-Ashley, P., Patel, N., Ray, M., & Gagnon, S. G. (2018, February). Bullying and Mental Health Outcomes from High School to College. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL

Gagnon, S. G., Ashley, P. K., Van Doren, H., Knight, E. L., & Huelsman, T. J. (2018, February). Gaining INSIGHTS into the cultural appropriateness of a school-based intervention. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Gagnon, S. G., Ashley, P. K., Van Doren, H., Huelsman, T. J., Lawter, M., & Wiggins, N. (2018, February). Using INSIGHTS to improve student-teacher relationships and decrease teaching stress. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Gagnon, S. G., Ashley, P. K., Van Doren, H., & Huelsman, T. J., Harshman, E., & Walker, H. (2018, February). INSIGHTS into rural children: temperament-based intervention and school readiness. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL. 

Van Doren, H.,Walker, H., Harshman, E., & Hendrick, C., Gagnon, S. G., Ashley, P. K., & Huelsman, T. J. (2017, October). INSIGHTS into Appalachia: cultural relevance of an evidence-based intervention. Poster presentation presented at the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Durham, NC.

Knight, E. L., Ashley, P. K., Gagnon, S. G., & Ray, M. (2017). Cross-generational transmission of parenting styles in Appalachia. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Van Doren, H., Ashley, P. K., Bradsher, B. Hall, S., & Martin, Z. (February, 2016). Empowering rural teachers: Temperament-based intervention in preschool and kindergarten. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Van Doren, H., Ashley, P. K., Knight, E., Johnsrude, E., Cobranchi, L., & Alons, A. (February, 2016). INSIGHTS into rural children: Temperament-based intervention and school readiness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Van Doren, H., Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., & Ashley, P. K. (February, 2016). Helping rural preschoolers get ready: Temperament and pracademics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Ashley, P. K., Van Doren, H., Martin, Z., Hall, S., & Bradsher, B. Knight, E., Johnsrude, E., Cobranchi, L., & Alons, A. (October, 2015). INSIGHTS into Appalachia: Temperament-based intervention in a rural setting. Lightening Talk presented at the Fall conference of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Winston-Salem, NC.

Ashley, P. K., Knight, E. L., Huelsman, T. J., Gagnon, S. G. (October, 2015). Intergenerational parenting styles: Consistency of parenting styles across generations in a rural community. Lightning Talk presented at the Fall conference of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Winston-Salem, NC.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Schaftlein, K., Kidder-Ashley, P., & *Butts, A. (2013). Understanding teachers' experiences: Student-teacher relationships and teaching stress. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists: Seattle, WA.

Struby, J., Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., & Ashley, P. K. (2011). Child temperament and parenting styles: Predictors of preschool social competence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists: San Francisco, CA.

Bollinger, J., Gagnon, S. G., Ashley, P. K., Huelsman, T. J., & Galloway, A. T. (2011). Parenting stress and preschool temperament as predictors of parent-child relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists: San Francisco, CA.

Reichard, A. E., Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., & Ashley, P. K.. (2011). Parenting stress, styles, and relationships as predictors of preschool social competence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists: San Francisco, CA.

Gagnon, S. G., Huelsman, T. J., Schaftlein, K., & Ashley, P. K. (2011). Understanding and measuring teaching stress and student-teacher relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists: San Francisco, CA.

Swaim, M. P., Gagnon, S. G., Kidder-Ashley, P. (April, 2007). Preschool Child Temperament and Student-Teacher Relationships: Predictors of Social Competence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York, NY.

 

Teaching and Research Awards

  • Nominated, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2019
  • Featured, Women's History Month, The Citadel Graduate College, 2014
  • Academy of Outstanding Graduate Mentors, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, November 2010
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Psychology

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Phone: (828) 262-8944

Office address
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