Dr. Tawny McCleon, Ph.D., NCSP is currently an associate professor in the School Psychology Program in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations. She serves as the Graduate and Program Director for the School Psychology Programs, the Director of the Assessment Clinic in the School Psychology Services Center, and the Field-based Placement Coordinator. Dr. McCleon completed her graduate studies at Mississippi State University in which she earned a M.S. in school psychology/psychometry and a Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis in school psychology (APA-accredited; NASP approved). Dr. McCleon completed her pre-doctoral training at Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas (APA-accredited) which was the fourth largest school district within the U.S at the time of completion.
Dr. McCleon joins the SSRC as a part of the Social Relations Collaborative in 2015 as a co-primary investigator with the School Safety Project funded by the National Institute of Justice. Dr. McCleon is a nationally certified school psychologist, AAAA licensed school psychologist in the state of Mississippi, and nationally certified PREPaRE school crisis trainer. Dr. McCleon has served two terms as President of the Mississippi Association for Psychology in the Schools. She has over 10 years of experience practicing in the field of school psychology and mental health (combined) and consulting with the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and several local school districts by conducting training on eligibility issues, emotional disorders, response-to invention (RtI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Her research interests include crisis prevention and intervention, school violence, academic assessment, emotional and behavior disorders, multicultural issues in assessment, and social skills training.