S. Kathleen Krach
S. Kathleen Krach, Ph.D., NCSP is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University in the school psychology program and the doctoral program in combined school and counseling psychology. Dr. Krach is licensed as a psychologist in the states of Florida, Nevada, and Alabama and holds the credential of Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Prior to working at FSU, she was an associate professor at Troy University, where she was the program coordinator for the school psychology and school psychometry programs. She was also co-listed as faculty in the counseling programs. Before working at either Troy, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). She was co-listed there as well, as faculty in both the School Psychology and the Learning and Technology programs.
Before joining academia, she held a K-12 position as a school psychologist working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In her role, she acted as a bridge between general education and special education by providing consultation to teachers and parents of at-risk students, psychoeducational assessments, and developing IEPs for children identified with special needs. Her doctoral work and dissertation focused extensively on social justice issues. In addition to social justice work, she held positions as an instructional designer and distance education coordinator for two separate universities. She instructed faculty on the use of the earliest technology-based tools to use for teaching either online or in a hybrid classroom.
She believes in mentorship. She works to provide support to her students and to junior colleagues. Relatedly, she believes in interdepartmental relationships. Several of her publications are with faculty in different programs such as Psychology, Learning Analytics, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. She believes in publishing and presenting with students. Co-authors in her publications include 18 different students; 71% of all publications are co-authored with students. Presentation co-authors include 25 different students; student co-author 76% of all of her publications. The products of her student-mentorship are clear; almost all of her students have gone on to become practitioners or go on for more advanced degrees in their chosen fields.
Her research interests explore the use of game-based technology to develop assessments and interventions related to socio-emotional learning (specifically, aggression). It is important that these technology-based tools are also culturally sensitive and available across multiple languages. Her teaching interests focus on topics such as assessment, direct and indirect interventions and preventions, practicum, as well as multicultural assessment and intervention services. Her practice interests focus on disenfranchised populations (e.g., non-English speakers, children and families from poverty, etc.).