Lea A. Theodore, Associate Professor of Education, has been named for the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary. The award, established with a generous gift from Joseph J. Plumeri II ’66, D.P.S. ’11, recognizes 20 faculty members each year for exemplary achievements in teaching, research and service. Faculty members have used the award to enhance their research and teaching and to support travel to scholarly conferences.
Professor Theodore, director of the School Psychology Program, is licensed by the Board of Psychology in Virginia and New York. Prior to joining the College, she was an associate professor in New York where she also maintained a private practice. Since receiving her doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 2002, she has accumulated more than 50 refereed publications. Following her national ranking among the top 20 most productive authors in school psychology, she received the Early Career Alumni Award from her alma mater. She was associate editor for School Psychology Quarterly, a top-tier journal in the field, and sits on boards of several national and international journals. She investigates school-based interventions for students with academic and behavioral problems. Theodore is active in Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, having served as co-chair and chair of the Division's Hospitality Suite, co-chair and chair of the Annual Convention program, and member of the Conversation/Videotape Series. Theodore has held nationally elected positions, including vice president of Division Membership and vice president of Professional Affairs, serving also on the Division's Executive Committee. Advocating for mental health services, she lobbied legislators on behalf of the Mental Health Parity Act.