Chris Spencer Foundation Professor in Dyslexia (2015-2024)
Scarfe Office Block 2424


Tulane University (Psychology), 2005, Ph.D.
Tulane University (Psychology), 2001, M.Sc.
The Ohio State University (Psychology and Sociology), 1999, B.Sc.


Elected Member, Society for the Study of School Psychology (2020-present)

Associate Editor, Journal of School Psychology (2012-2016)
Editorial Board Member, Journal of School Psychology (2009-2012; 2017-present)
Editorial Board Member, School Psychology Review (2013-2019)
Editorial Board Member, School Psychology Quarterly (2012-2019)
Editorial Board Member, Psychology in the Schools (2010-2019)

Member, Heterodox Academy (2017-present)

Scholarly Interests:

Curriculum-based measurement and academic interventions.

Prospective special education MA and PhD students with research interests in formative assessment and/or intervention in basic academic skills, written expression in particular, for students with or at risk of learning disabilities are encouraged to contact me to discuss opportunities for research involvement and supervision.


Editor’s Appreciation Award, Journal of School Psychology (2011)
Early Career Scholar, Society for the Study of School Psychology (2011)
Honourable Mention, School Psychology Review Article of the Year (for Mercer, Idler, & Bartfai, 2014)
Single Case Graph of the Year, Behavioral School Psychology Interest Group of the National Association of School Psychologists (for Idler, Mercer, Starosta, & Bartfai, 2017)
Editorial Appreciation Award, School Psychology Review (2018)
Reviewer of the Year, Journal of School Psychology (2018)
Shapiro Mid-Career Scholar Award, Society for the Study of School Psychology (2019)
Invited ‘Catalyst Scholar’ for the School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (2019, 2022)

Selected Publications:

For a complete list of peer-reviewed publications, see Google Scholar or ResearchGate profiles.

Student co-authors are underlined.

Curriculum-Based Measurement and Academic Interventions

Mercer, S. H., Cannon, J. E., Squires, B., Guo, Y., & Pinco, E. (2021). Accuracy of automated written expression curriculum-based measurement scoring. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 36, 304-317. doi: 10.1177/0829573520987753

Keller-Margulis, M. A., Mercer, S. H., & Matta, M. (2021). Validity of automated text evaluation tools for written-expression curriculum-based measurement: A comparison study. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 34, 2461-2480. doi: 10.1007/s11145-021-10153-6

Archambault, C., Mercer, S. H., Saqui, S., & Cheng, M. P. (2019). Lire en Francais: Cross-linguistic effects of reading fluency interventions in French immersion programs. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 34, 113-132. doi: 10.1177/0829573518757790

Mercer, S. H., Keller-Margulis, M. A., Faith, E. L., Reid, E. K., & Ochs, S. (2019). The potential for automated text evaluation to improve the technical adequacy of written expression curriculum-based measurement. Learning Disability Quarterly, 42, 117-128. doi: 10.1177/0731948718803296

Saqui, S., Mercer, S. H., & Cheng, M. P. (2019). Enhancing student access to science curricula through a reading intervention. Psychology in the Schools, 56, 510-525. doi: 10.1002/pits.22240

Geres-Smith, R., Mercer, S. H., Archambault, C., & Bartfai, J. M. (2019). A preliminary component analysis of self-regulated strategy development for persuasive writing in grades 5-7 in British Columbia, 34, 38-55. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.
doi: 10.1177/0829573517739085

Johnston, L. E., Mercer, S. H., & Geres-Smith, R. (2018). Incorporating vocabulary instruction in individual reading fluency interventions with English language learners. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 33, 63-81. doi: 10.1177/0829573516658855

Keller-Margulis, M. A., Mercer, S. H., & Thomas, E. (2016). Generalizability theory reliability of written expression curriculum-based measurement in universal screening. School Psychology Quarterly, 31, 383-392. doi: 10.1037/spq0000126

Mercer, S. H., Idler, A. M., & Bartfai, J. M. (2014). Theory-driven evaluation in school psychology intervention research: 2007-2012. School Psychology Review, 43, 119-131.

Measurement of Effectiveness and Sustainability of Behavioural Interventions

Kittelman, A., Mercer, S. H., McIntosh, K., & Hoselton, R. (in press). Optimal timing for launching installation of Tier 2 and 3 systems of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. doi: 10.1177/1098300721996084

Kittelman, A., Mercer, S. H., McIntosh, K., & Nese, R. N. T. (2021). Development and validation of a measure assessing sustainability of Tier 2 and 3 behavior support systems. Journal of School Psychology, 85, 140-154. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2021.02.001

McIntosh, K., Mercer, S. H., Nese, R. N. T., Strickland-Cohen, M. K., Kittleman, A., Hoselton, R., & Horner, R. H. (2018). Factors predicting sustained implementation of a universal behavior support framework. Educational Researcher, 47, 307-316.doi: 10.3102/0013189X18776975

Mercer, S. H., McIntosh, K., & Hoselton, R. (2017). Comparability of fidelity measures for assessing tier 1 school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 19, 195-204. doi: 10.1177/1098300717693384

McIntosh, K., Mercer, S. H., Nese, R. N. T., & Ghemraoui, A. (2016). Identifying and predicting distinct patterns of implementation in a school-wide behavior support framework. Prevention Science, 17, 992-1001. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0700-1

Mercer, S. H., McIntosh, K., Strickland-Cohen, M. K., & Horner, R. H. (2014). Measurement invariance of an instrument assessing sustainability of school-based universal behavior practices. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 125-137. doi: 10.1037/spq0000054

McIntosh, K., Mercer, S. H., Hume, A. E., Frank, J. L., Turri, M. G., & Matthews, S. (2013). Factors predicting the sustained implementation of school-wide positive behavior support. Exceptional Children79, 293-311.

Theoretical Orientation:


Research Funding Sources and Current Projects

Courses Taught:

EPSE 531 Curriculum-Based Assessment and Intervention
EPSE 569 Social Psychological Foundations in Applied Psychology
EPSE 526 Seminar in Learning Disabilities
EPSE 593 Design and Analysis of Research with Small Samples and Single Subjects