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Specialist in School Psychology

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Dr. Margaret T Floress, Associate Professor

Office: 1450 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-3523

Frequently Taught Courses

Undergraduate Courses: 

PSY 3515 Child Psychology
PSY 3620 Psychology of Learning

Graduate Courses: 

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

Professional Organizations



Natural Rates of Teacher Behavioral Skills
Time-out and Teacher/Parent Training
Preschool Intervention
Behavioral and Academic Interventions
Sleep and Elimination Disorders

Selected Publications

* indicates graduate or undergraduate student

Floress, M.T., Kuhn, B.R., Bernas, R., & *Dandurand, M. (accepted for publication). Nightmare prevalence, distress, and anxiety among young children. Dreaming.
Floress, M.T., *Boyle, A., & HaileMariam, A. (accepted for publication). The caterpillar game: A classroom management system. Psychology in the Schools, special issue ABA in the schools.   

Jenkins, L. N. & Floress, M. T., & Reinke, W. (2015). Rates and types of teacher praise: A Review and future directions. Psychology in the Schools. 

Floress, M. T. & Jenkins, L. N. (2015). A preliminary investigation of kindergarten teachers' use of praise in general education. 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.
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, 827-835.
Warzak, W.J., & Floress, M.T. (2009). Deferred time-out: Time-out training without putbacks, spanks, or restraint. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 31, 134-143.
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)

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School Psychology Program

Department of Psychology
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Graduate Coordinator
Assegedetch HaileMariam, Ph.D.

217- 581-6615
Fax: 217-581-6764

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