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Erin A. Harper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  • Faculty
Psychology and Special Education
Binnion Hall 203
College Major
Year Graduated

Erin Harper, Ph.D., is a change agent in the field of school psychology. She answered the call to develop and implement resources and programs for adolescent girls, including school-based prevention of commercial sexual exploitation. Harper's school-based interventions for African American adolescent girls have empowered many of them to take part in opportunities that help them become future leaders. She is committed to giving back to her community and instills this devotion in her students at A&M-Commerce.

Educational Background

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018-present
  • Coordinator, School Psychology Program, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2020-present
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2014-2018

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee, American Psychological Association Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, 2020
  • Selected Participant, School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference, Sponsored by the Society for the Study of School Psychology, 2017
  • Trainers of School Psychologists/Pearson Junior Faculty Professional Development Scholarship, 2015
  • Trainers of School Psychologists/Pearson Professional Development Scholarship, 2012

Research Interests

  • School and community-based supports for African American adolescent girls
  • School-based prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Culturally responsive school consultation
  • Positive youth development

Selected Publications

Featured Courses

  • PSY 506 Professional School Psychology
  • PSY 615 Psychology Principles of Consult and Supplement
  • PSY 790 Internship in School Psychology
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