Meagan O'Malley

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Brighton Hall 225
(916) 278-3459

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Joined Faculty: August 2016

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

I am a school psychologist working to improve mental health and reduce violence among children, youth, and young adults. To address these complex challenges, I train school psychologists, conduct research, and provide consultation to local and state youth-serving organizations.

In my capacity as a faculty member at Sacramento State University, I train school psychology practitioners to work in K-12 settings. I am also a technical assistance specialist to the Now Is The Time (NITT) Technical Assistance Center, funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role, I provide technical assistance to three Project AWARE [Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education]-funded state education agencies as they seek to improve mental health awareness, increase cross-agency collaboration, and improve access to mental health supports for school-aged youth.

I formerly served youth and their families as a school psychologist in a variety of rural and urban education settings.

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Psycho-educational Diagnostic Clinic
  • Preventive Academic Interventions / Single Case Design
  • Thesis and dissertation supervision topical areas: Prevention Science; School Violence; Social Context of Education; Cultural and Linguistic Competence; and Consultation in Schools.

Educational Degrees

2011, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (APA, NASP accredited)

2006, School Psychology, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA (NASP accredited)

2003, Psychology (with Honors), minor in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Select Publications

O’Malley, M.D., Wendt, S., & Pate, C. (in press, 2018). A View from the Top: Superintendents’ Perceptions of Mental Health Supports in Rural School Districts. Educational Administration Quarterly.

O’Malley, M.D., Vo, J., & Padua-Dean, H.1 (2017). Children and youth affected by global migration: A review of studies published in School Psychology International. School Psychology International (Virtual Special Issue).

Eklund, E., O’Malley, M.D., & Meyer, L. (2016). Gauging mindfulness in youth: School-based applications. Psychology in the Schools, 54, 101-114. doi: 10/1002/pits

Voight, A., Hanson, T., O’Malley, M.D., & Adekanye, L. (2015). The racial school climate gap: Within-school disparities in students’ experiences of safety, support, and connectedness. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10464-015-9751-x

You, S., Furlong, M., Felix, E., & O’Malley, M.D. (2015). Validation of the social and emotional health survey for five sociocultural groups: Multigroup invariance and latent means analyses. Psychology in the Schools. doi: 10.1002/pits.21828

O’Malley, M.D., Voight, A., Renshaw, T., & Eklund, K. (2014). School climate, family structure, and academic achievement: A study of moderation effects. School Psychology Quarterly. doi: 10.1037/spq0000076

Curriculum Vitae

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Last updated: March 27, 2018
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