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The Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association presented The 2015 Lightner Witmer Award to Dr. Nathan Clemens

Each year the Division of School Psychology of American Psychological Association presents the Lightner Witmer Award to a young professional and academic school psychologist who has demonstrated scholarship that merits special recognition. This year’s award was presented to Nathan Clemen, Ph.D. who is affiliated with the Center for Disability and Development at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Nathan Clemens’ outstanding research program focuses on detecting individual differences in children that can be used to inform accurate and efficient evaluation of students’ reading progress within a prevention science framework. Given the impact high-quality early intervention in literacy can have on students’ academic trajectories, a critical arena has been developing and evaluating measures to improve the state of science regarding data-based decision making. He approaches these issues from multiple perspectives, combining an educator’s sensitivity to practical utility and a researcher’s perspective on high-quality methodology. The quality of his work has been recognized by prestigious organizations, institutions, and funding agencies.

The award was presented at the Annual Business Meeting of the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and on behalf of the Executive Committee and Division members on August 8, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.