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Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse

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Nathaniel P. von der Embse, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor

Office: Rawl 222
Phone: 252-328-6308
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


Ph.D., School Psychology, Michigan State University (2012)
Ed.S., School Psychology, Miami University (2008)
M.S., Educational Psychology, Miami University (2006)
B.A., Psychology, University of Dayton, (2004)

Research Interests:

Dr. von der Embse utilizes a social justice framework to examine the intersection of education policy and school mental health. His research is focused in three primary areas including: (1) an examination of teacher stress and student test anxiety surrounding high-stakes exams, (2) the creation and validation of internalizing behavior and socio-emotional wellness screening assessments, and (3) the utilization of physiological outcome data (e.g., heart rate variability) to evaluate treatment effectiveness and assessment utility.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Segool, N., von der Embse, N., Mata, A., & Gallant, J. (in press). Cognitive behavioral model of test anxiety in a high-stakes context: An exploratory study. School Mental Health.

von der Embse, N., Mata, A., Segool, N., & Scott, E.C. (in press). Latent profile analysis of test anxiety: A pilot study. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Gallant, J., Snyder, G., von der Embse, N., & Cotter, D.  (in press). Characteristics and psychosocial predictors of youth non-suicidal self-injury in residential care. Preventing School Failure.

von der Embse, N., Kilgus, S.P., Segool, N., & Putwain, D. (2013). Evaluation of a brief test anxiety screening assessment: Identification and predictive validity of the FRIEDBEN Test Anxiety Scale. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, 1, 246-258. doi: 10.1080/21683603.2013.826152.  

Segool, N., Carlson, J., Goforth, A., von der Embse, N. & Barterian, J. (2013). Heightened test anxiety among young children: Elementary school students anxious responses to high-stakes testing. Psychology in the Schools, 50 (5), 489-499. doi: 10.1002/pits.21689

von der Embse, N., Barterian, J. & Segool, N. (2013). Test anxiety interventions for children and adolescents: A systematic review of treatment studies from 2000-2010. Psychology in the Schools, 50 (1), 57-71. doi:10.1002/pits.21660

von der Embse, N.  & Hasson, R. (2012). Test anxiety and high-stakes tests: Implications for educators. Preventing School Failure, 56 (3), 180-187. doi: 10.1080/1045988X.2011.633285

von der Embse, N. & Carlson, J.S. (2011). Examining training standards criteria within school psychologist position openings: Implications for trainers. Trainers Forum: Journal of the Trainers of School Psychologists, 30, 7-19.

von der Embse, N., Brown, A. & Fortain, J. (2011).  Reducing problem behavior and promoting inclusion for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Intervention in School and Clinic, 47, 22-30. doi: 10.1177/1053451211406545

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