Dr. Margaret T Floress, Associate Professor
Office: 1450 - Physical Science
Frequently Taught Courses
PSY 3515 Child Psychology
PSY 3620 Psychology of Learning
PSY 6890 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology
PSY 5023 Preschool Assessment
PSY 6050 Behavior Therapy
PSY 5170 Theories of Learning
PSY 5550 Neuropsychology
B.S., Central Michigan University (1999-2003)
M.A., Indiana State University (2003-2004)
Ph.D., Indiana State University (2004-2007)
Pre-Doctoral Internship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Post-Doctoral Internship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Licensed Psychologist in Illinois # 071.007945
Nationally Certified School Psychologist # 36455
Natural Rates of Teacher Behavioral Skills
Time-out and Teacher/Parent Training
Behavioral and Academic Interventions
Sleep and Elimination Disorders
* indicates graduate or undergraduate student
Floress, M. T.,
Zoder-Martell, K., & *Schaub, R. (Oct, 2017). Social skills plus relaxation training with a child with ASD in the Schools. Research in Developmental Disabilities. Published on-line.
Floress, M. T.,
Jenkins, L. N., Reinke, W., & *McKown, L. (2017). General education teachers’ natural rates of praise and student off-task and disruptive behavior. Behavioral Disorders. Published on-line June 21
Floress, M. T.,
*Beschta, S., *Meyer, K., & Reinke, W. (2017). Praise research trends: Characteristics and teacher training. Behavioral Disorders. Published on-line June 15
Jenkins, L.N., Mulvey, N., & Floress, M. T.
(in press). Social and language skills related to bullying roles in early childhood: A review of the literature. Education and Treatment of Children.
, *Berlinghof, J., *Rader, R., & *Riedesel, E. (2017). Preschool teachers’ natural use of praise in general, at-risk, and special education classrooms. Psychology in the Schools, 54,
& *Jacoby, A. (Jan, 2017). The Caterpillar Game: A SW-PBIS aligned classroom management system. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 33,
Kuhn, B.R., Bernas, R., & *Dandurand, M. (Oct, 2016). Nightmare prevalence, distress, and anxiety among young children. Dreaming, 4,
Floress, M.T., *
Rock, A.L., & HaileMariam, A. (2017). The Caterpillar Game: A classroom management system. Psychology in the Schools, 54,
385-403. doi: 10.1002/pits.22000.
Jenkins, L.N., Floress, M.T.
, & Reinke, W. (2015). Rates and types of teacher praise: A review and future directions. Psychology in the Schools, 52,
& Jenkins, L.N. (2015). A preliminary investigation of kindergarten teachers’ use of praise in general education classrooms. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth
Warzak, W.J., Floress, M.T.,
Kellen, M. Kazmerski, J.S., & Chopko, S. (2012). Trends in time-out research: Are we focusing our efforts where our efforts are needed? The Behavior Therapist, 35.
Warzak, W.J., Evans, S.E, Floress, M.T.,
Gross, A.C., Stoolman, S. (2011). Caffeine consumption in young children. Journal of Pediatrics, 158,
508-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.11.022.
Roberts, H., Floress, M.T.,
Ellis, C. (2009). Training school psychologists in psychopharmacology consultation Psychology in the Schools, 49,
Warzak, W.J., & Floress, M.T.
(2009). Deferred time-out: Time-out training without putbacks, spanks, or restraint. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 31,
Kuhn, B.R. & Floress, M.T.
(2008). Nonpharmacological interventions for sleep disorders in children. In Ivanenko, A. (ed.) Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
(pp.261-278). New York, NY: Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
Funding & Grants
2013 - College of Sciences Early Research Support Grant, Awarded for the purpose of carrying out research. Project titled: Video Observation of Teacher's Behavioral Skills in the Classroom, Eastern Illinois University, $300.
2013 - Society for the Study of School Psychology, Awarded for the purpose of carrying out research. Project titled: A Preliminary Investigation of Teacher's Use of
Praise in General Education Classrooms, $16,000.
2013 - College of Sciences Seed Grant, Awarded for the purpose of carrying out research. Project titled: Teachers' Use of Behavioral Skills in the Classroom and Student Classroom Behavior, Eastern Illinois University, $1300.
Graduate Student Thesis Projects:
Utilizing Incentives to Increase Teachers Praise
Kari Meyer - In Progress (2016)
An Analysis of General Education Teachers’ Use of Diverse Praise StatementsExamining Preschool Teachers’ Praise Rates within General, At-risk, and Special Education Classrooms
Shelby Beschta - In Progress
Jessica Berlinghof - Completed (2016)
Examination of Externalizing Behaviors within General Education, At-risk, and Special Education Preschool-Aged Classrooms
Rebecca Radar - Completed (2016)
Examining the Effect of Caffeine and Technology on Adolescent Sleep
Kaci Clark - Completed (2016)
The Effects of the Caterpillar Game on Classroom Behavior and Teacher Stress
Amber Jacoby - Completed (2016)
The Impact of an Individualized Social Skills Intervention for a Child with High Functioning Autism
Rachel Schaub - Completed (2014)
Parent Knowledge of Child's Level of Play: Implications for Early Childhood and Preschool Assessment
Jessie Shumaker - Completed (2014)
The Relationship between Parents' Perceptions and Adolecents' Perceptions and Actions Involving Relational Aggression
Mallory Foster - Completed (2013)
The Caterpiller Game: A Classroom-wide Behavior Intervention
Angela Boyle - Completed (2013)
The Effects of Positive Bedtime Routines on Sleep in Toddlers
Mallory Osterloo - Completed (2012)
Undergraduate Student Thesis and Research Projects:
Nightmares and Kindergarten-Aged Children
Megan Dandurand - Completed (2014)
Kindergarten Teacher Praise in General Education Classrooms
Jessica Berlinghoff & Christina Bounds - Completed (2014)
Rates of Teachers' Behavior-Specific Praise and Relation to Disruptive Behaviors
Morgan Eldridge & Sawyer Howe - Completed (2014)
Maladaptive Behaviors within the Context of Play
Elizabeth Schroeder - Completed (2013)
Assessing Adaptive Sleep Habits in Young Children
Jessica Berlinghoff - Completed (2013)
A Review of Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Morgan Nesbitt & Taylor Sauerwein - Completed (2013)