Narmene Hamsho

Narmene Hamsho

Assistant Professor

School of Psychology and Counseling



  • BA, University at Buffalo
  • MS, Syracuse University
  • PhD, Syracuse University
  • Post-Doctoral Training, University of Massachusetts Boston


  • Ethics and Professional Practice in School Psychology
  • Introduction to School-based Consultation


My research focuses on reducing academic opportunity gaps and improving the schooling experiences of neurodiverse youth and their families around the world. This work integrates a global perspective and includes ongoing collaborations with key partners from countries all over the world. Through this work, we aim to push forward the following initiatives:

1. Supporting practitioners and educators to develop and implement a multicultural lens in their work with culturally and linguistically diverse families of neurodiverse children.
2. Develop professional support materials for educators to improve their preparedness in working with autistic* youth in the classroom.

This work is well suited to involve students at all levels and provides school-based assessment and intervention experiences. Please see the next section for more information about ongoing projects.

*I use identity-first language in line with the preferences of the autistic community (Bottema-Beutel et al., 2021)

Academic Profile

My pronouns are she/her.

As a licensed psychologist, I take a data-driven approach to case conceptualization and intervention. My theoretical orientation is formed through an integrative process of the cognitive-behavioral and developmental psychopathological perspectives.

I am dedicated to mentoring the next generation of school psychologists. Underlying my mentoring style and informing my teaching philosophy, is my unwavering commitment to the promotion of educational equity. I aim to support graduate students’ development of their professional identity. I not only tailor my support to each of my student’s professional goals but also to their specific areas of need.

As a researcher, I lead the SUCCESS (Supporting Underserved Children by Cultivating Engaged and Successful Students) research lab at FDU. A few of our current research projects include:

  1. Investigating the writing experiences of young autistic students from the perspectives of teachers and autistic young adults. This work is funded by the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
  2. Examining the effectiveness of an autism-focused professional development program in improving teachers’ relationships with autistic* students and their families. This work is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and reflects a partnership with researchers at UCRiverside and UMass Boston.
  3. Assessing the writing skills and beliefs about writing among autistic teens. This work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and reflects a partnership with researchers at UAlberta, Teachers College, and UAlbany.
  4. Evaluating the condition of autism from the perspectives of practitioners and parents of neurodiverse youth located within Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.

For a list of my most recent publications, please click here

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