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Ryan McGill

Assistant Professor and Chair, School Psychology & Counselor Education

Office: 3120
Phone: 757-221-6072
Email: [[rmcgill]]
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Areas of Expertise: Psychological Assessment, Psychometrics and Measurement Theory, Judgment and Decision-Making in School Psychology, Assessment and Identification of Specific Learning Disability, Quantitative Psychology


Ryan J. McGill is an assistant professor and director of the school psychology program at William & Mary. Prior to W&M, he was a faculty member in the school psychology programs at Texas Woman's University (2014-2016) and Chapman University (2011-2014) and was a practicing school psychologist in Southern California from 2009-2014. In addition to his current appointment, he is also a Licensed Educational Psychologist in the State of California, a Licensed Behavior Analyst and School Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).

Dr. McGill regularly presents his scholarship at international, national and regional conferences and his work has been published in a variety of journals. He is also an editorial board member for several well respected school and assessment psychology related journals. In 2016, he earned Early Career Research Awards from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and the Trainers of School Psychologists. Most recently, he was selected to participate in the School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC), sponsored by the Society for the Study of School Psychology, as an early career scholar.


Ph.D. in Education (School Psychology), Chapman University, 2014
CAGS in Behavior Analysis, Saint Joseph's University, 2011
Ed.S. in School Psychology, La Sierra University, 2009
M.A.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2007
B.A. in Political Science, Westmont College, 2006

Activities and Honors

Director, School Psychology program (2016-present)
Grant Reviewer, Woodcock Institute (2015-Present)

Selected Publications

Miller, D. C., McGill, R. J., & Bauman Johnson, W. L. (2016). Neurocognitive applications of the WJ-IV. In D. P. Flanagan & V. C. Alfonso (Eds.), WJ IV clinical use and interpretation: Scientist-practitioner perspectives (pp. 355-388). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Miller, D. C., & McGill, R. J. (2016). Review of the WISC-V. In A. S. Kaufman, S. E. Raiford, & D. L. Coalson (Eds.), Intelligent testing with the WISC-V (pp. 645-662). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Canivez, G. L., & McGill, R. J. (2016). Factor structure of the Differential Ability Scales-Second Edition: Exploratory and hierarchical factor analyses with the core subtests. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1475-1488. doi: 10.1037/pas0000279

McGill, R. J., & Spurgin, A. R. (2016). Assessing the incremental value of KABC-II Luria model scores in predicting achievement: What do they tell us beyond the MPI? Psychology in the Schools, 53, 677-689. doi: 10.1002/pits.21940

McGill, R. J., & Canivez, G. L. (2016). Orthogonal higher order structure of the WISC-IV Spanish using hierarchical exploratory factor analytic procedures. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 36, 600-606. doi: 10.1177/0734282915624293

McGill, R. J., Styck, K. S., Palomares, R. S., & Hass, M. R. (2016). Critical issues in specific learning disability identification: What we need to know about the PSW model. Learning Disability Quarterly, 39, 159-170. doi: 10.1177/0731948715618504