Bruce Bracken, a school psychologist and professor of educational foundations at the College of William and Mary, was recently awarded charter fellow status by the American Educational Research Association.
The status of fellow is awarded to researchers who are members of the AERA and “who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to education research that are nationally and internationally recognized,” according to the association.
This is the first year of the association’s fellow program. The AERA published a list of its inaugural fellows in their August/September 2008 issue of their magazine, Educational Researcher, which was mailed out Sept. 2. Bracken and the other fellows will be officially inducted during the association’s 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The AERA honor comes only a few weeks after Bracken received the Senior Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association in its school psychology division (Division 16).
“It is especially rewarding as a school psychologist to be recognized simultaneously for my research, scholarship, test development activities, and professional service by America’s largest educational and psychological professional organizations,” said Bracken.
A professor in the School of Education’s School Psychology and Counselor Education as well as its Center for Gifted Education, Bracken’s research focuses on age-span psychological and educational assessment. He is the co-principal investigator on two five-year Jacob Javits Department of Education grants, and he has authored or co-authored more than a dozen tests, including the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test, Bracken Basic Concept Scale – Receptive and Expressive and the Bracken School Readiness Assessment – Third Edition, and the Clinical Assessment of Attention Deficit - Adult. Bracken, past-president of the International Test Commission, co-founded and is co-consulting editor of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and sits on several national and international editorial boards in psychology and education.
The AERA is a national research society with approximately 26,000 members in the United States and abroad. With 148,000 members, the APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.