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Bracken receives APA's senior scientist award

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    Bruce Bracken  The professor's work has been recognized by the American Psychological Association.  
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Bruce Bracken, a school psychologist and professor of educational foundations at the College of William and Mary, was recently recognized by the American Psychological Association for his research and scholarly contributions.

The APA presented Bracken with the Senior Scientist Award in its school psychology division (Division 16) during the association’s annual conference in Boston on Aug. 16.

According to the APA’s Division 16 Web site, the Senior Scientist award is presented to school psychologists who throughout their careers have demonstrated exceptional programs of scholarship that merit special recognition. Bracken is currently a fellow in the American Board of Assessment Psychology and APA’s Divisions 16 and 53 (clinical child and adolescent psychology). With 148,000 members, the APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

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.