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Nathaniel Paul von der Embse
Assoc Professor

University of South Florida



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Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse is an associate professor of school psychology at the University of South Florida and co-chair of the National Association of School Psychologists Government and Professional Relations Workgroup (NASP GPR). Dr. von der Embse utilizes a social justice framework to examine the intersection of education policy and school mental health.

His research has resulted in over 75 peer-reviewed publications, professional articles, and book chapters. Additionally, Dr. von der Embse’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Bay News 10, WUSF, and TIME magazine, cited in government policy briefs, and presented nationally and internationally (China, France, England). Dr. von der Embse has a currently funded research program of nearly $6,000,000 from the Institute for Education Sciences, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Institute for Justice, and the Scattergood Foundation. His research program is focused in three primary domains including:

An examination of teacher stress and student test anxiety surrounding high-stakes exams; The creation and validation of internalizing behavior and socio-emotional wellness screening assessments; The training of teachers and schools in population-based assessment methods (e.g., universal mental health screening, trauma-informed practices) to inform tiered and targeted intervention. Dr. von der Embse completed his master’s and educational specialist degrees in school psychology from Miami (OH) University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a specialization in educational policy analysis. Dr. von der Embse completed an APA/APPIC pre-doctoral internship at Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE. At Boys Town, Dr. von der Embse received training in numerous evidence-based therapies (CBT, MI, ACT, DBT) while providing individual and group counseling for inpatient and outpatient clients.

Dr. von der Embse is a nationally certified school psychologist, currently pursuing post-doctoral supervision towards licensure as a psychologist, and has been a licensed or certified school psychologist and mental health practitioner in five states. In his role with NASP GPR. Dr. von der Embse has presented to numerous state school psychological associations, conducted advocacy trainings, and collaborated with state and federal elected officials on legislation. He is on the editorial boards of School Psychology Review and School Psychology International, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of School Psychology.

Dr. von der Embse (in collaboration with Dr. Steve Kilgus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a co-creator of the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) assessment suite and is an author and behavior team member with FastBridge Learning. SAEBRS has been used in 31 states and surpassed three million administrations over the last four years.

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