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Leandra Parris

Associate Dean and Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Professor

Office: 3067
Phone: (757) 221-2341
Email: [[lparris]]
Twitter: {{,@ParrisLeandra}}
Areas of Expertise: Equity-Centered & Trauma-Informed Care in Schools, Social Media Impacts on Youth, Peer Aggression, Prevention/Intervention for Traumatic Stress, Social Justice in School Psychology, Effective Training in School Psychology


Leandra Parris is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. Prior to joining William & Mary, she was on faculty at Illinois State University (2013-2019) and completed her doctoral internship with a specialization in crisis intervention with the Dallas Independent School District (2012-2013).

Dr. Parris focuses on peer relationships among middle and high school students within an equity-centered, trauma-informed framework. Her primary area of interest is social media influences on youth well-being, prevention and intervention for addressing traumatic stress among marginalized populations, and coping with peer aggression. Dr. Parris utilizes a multiple methods approach to research, conducting both qualitative and quantitative investigations.

Within the field, Dr. Parris focuses her efforts on social justice endeavors that help provide voice and empowerment to marginalized youth and families, as well as enhancing training for future school psychologists. She is certified as a PREPaRE 3rd Edition Trainer. Dr. Parris is currently the Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists' Social Justice Committee and co-editor of School Psychology Training and Pedagogy.


Ph.D. in School Psychology, Georgia State University, 2013
M.Ed. in School Psychology, Georgia State University, 2009
B.S. in Psychology, Wofford College, 2007

Activities and Honors

Rookie of the Year for Outstanding Initiative as a New Leader (2020). Presidential Award, National Association of School Psychologists.

Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Pre-Tenure Faculty Member (2018), College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University.

University Service Initiative Award (2017), Illinois State University.

Junior Faculty Scholarship (2017). Trainers of Schools Psychologists.

School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference Fellow (2015). Society for the Study of School Psychology.

Selected Publications

Zayia, D.,* Parris, L., McDaniel, B., Zimmerman, C., & Braswell, G. (2021). Social learning in the digital age: Associations between technoference, mother-child attachment, and child social skills. Journal of School Psychology, 87, 64-81.

Parker, J., Parris, L., Lau, M.,* Dobbins, A., Shatz, L.,* Porush, S., & Wilkins, B. (2021). Perceived teacher autonomy support and self-determination skill expression: Predictors of student engagement among African American high school students. Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication.

Parris, L., Lannin, D. G., Hynes, K.,* & Yazedjian, A. (2020). Exploring social media rumination: Associations with bullying, cyberbullying, and distress. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online First.

Talapatra, T., Parris, L., & Snider, L.* (2020). Considerations for implementing school-based trauma-informed care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Research and Practice in the Schools, 7(1).

Parris, L., Jungert, T., Thornberg, R., Varjas, K., Meyers, J., Grunewald, S., & Shriberg, D. (2020). Bullying bystander behaviors: The role of coping effectiveness and the moderating effect of gender. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 61(1), 38-46.

Parris, L., Varjas, K., Meyers, J., Henrich, C., Brack, J. (2019). Coping with Bullying: The Moderating Effect of Self-Reliance. Journal of School Violence, 18(1). 62-76.

Parris, L., Neves, J.,* La Salle, T. (2018). School climate perceptions of ethnically diverse students: Does school diversity matter? School Psychology International, 39(6), 625-645.

Parris, L., Varjas, K., & Meyers, J. (2014) "The internet is a mask": Student suggestions for preventing cyberbullying. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 15(5), 587-592.


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