Maria Hernandez Finch

Maria Hernandez Finch

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:765-285-8501

Room:TC 523

Department: Department of Educational Psychology


About Maria Hernandez Finch

Dr. Maria Hernández Finch is the director of the Educational Specialist (EdS) and Masters (MA) Programs in School Psychology. She also coordinates the practica experiences for the school psychology EdS and Doctoral programs, and is the faculty advisor for the BSU chapter of APA Division 16's Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP). She is a research affiliate with the Ball State Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) and is currently working on research for a transition to work program, ASDachieve. Dr. Hernández Finch has a very active program of research and always seeks to involve her Doctoral and EdS students in all phases of the research process. Currently, she researches the intersection of diversity with assessment, prevention efforts, and consultation. She is particularly interested in the young learner and current research efforts with this population include gifted/high ability, diverse early learners and the impact of parental education/income on assessment with the young learner.

Professional Experience

  • MA/EdS School Psychology Program Director (2014 - present). Department of Educational Psychology.
  • Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (2017 - present; Assistant Professor 2012-2017; Contract Assistant Professor 2010-2012). Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University
  • Research Affiliate Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD; 2013 - present). The CASD strives to generate cutting-edge applied research and innovative, time-efficient, cost-effective treatments thatwork, so that people with ASD can reach their full potential. http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/teachers/aboutus/outreach/center-for-autism-spectrum-disorder 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School Psychology, 2002

University of South Carolina

Master plus 30 in School Psychology, 1994

University of South Carolina

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1989

University of Florida

Research and Publications

Sample Publications (see Vita for comprehensive list) * School Psychology Student


Finch, W. H. & Hernández Finch, M. E. (2017). Multivariate Regression with Small Samples: A Comparison of Estimation Methods. General Linear Model Journal, 43(1), 16-30.

Hernández Finch, M. E., Maughan, E., Finch, W. H., McIntosh, C., & Thomas, C. (2015). Enhancing collaboration between school nurses and school psychologists when providing a continuum of care for children with medical needs. Psychology in the Schools, 52, 635-647.

Sander, J. B., Hernández Finch, M. E., Pierson, E. E., *Bishop, J. A., *German, R. L., & *Wilmoth, C. E. (2015). School-based consultation: Training challenges, solutions and building cultural competence. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation. DOI: 10.1080/10474412.2015.1042976 

Hernández Finch, M. E., Speirs Neumeister, K., Burney, V., *Cook, A. L. (2014). The relationship of cognitive and executive functioning with achievement in gifted kindergarten children. Gifted Child Quarterly, 58, 167-182.

Sample Peer-Reviewed Research Presentations at Professional Meetings (See Vita for comprehensive list) * indicates graduate student Co-Presenter

Hernández Finch, M. E., Perez, B., Hollis, A., & *Hulse, A. (2018, February).  CR-PBIS: How to have difficult social justice conversations promoting change. Practitioner Conversation Session facilitated at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago Illinois.

McIntosh, C., Hernández Finch, M. E., McIntosh, D. E., & *Kosmala, S. (2018, February). Building capacity to address autism comorbid symptomatology. Practitioner Conversation Session facilitated at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago Illinois.

Weber, M., Cooper, J., & Hernández Finch, M. E. (2018, February). Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students in challenging times. Practitioner Conversation Session facilitated at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago Illinois.

*Hulse, A. R., Hernández Finch, M. E., Finch, W. H., Deal, W. P., Young-Jones, A. D. (2018, February). Empathic vs. educational training interventions on the ABS. Presented at the National Associationof School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago, Illinois.

*Hulse, A. R., Hernández Finch, M. E., Finch, W. H., Deal, W. P., Young-Jones, A. D. (2018, February). Impact of close relationships on beliefs about individuals with ASD. Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago, Illinois. 

*Keller, D., *Adams, S., & Hernández Finch, M. E. (2018, February). Latina Adolescents: Rates of suicide attempts, contributing factors, and interventions. Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, 2018, Chicago, Illinois.

*Drapeau, C. W., Finch, W. H., Hernández Finch, M. E., & Nadorff, M. (2018, February). Sleep Duration and suicide risk in adolescents. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2018 Annual Convention, Chicago Illinois.

Finch, W. H., Hernandez Finch, M. E., McIntosh, C., & *Braun, C. W. (2017). Using Text Mining to Characterize School Personnel Attitudes towards School Policy on Student Self-Injurious Behavior. Paper presented at the Modern Modeling Methods Conference, Storrs, CT, May. 


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Dissertation Prepara 701 611 0000 - 0000
Doctoral Dissertatio 799 615 0000 - 0000
Practicum School Psy 689 1 1300 - 1540 M TC, room 224
Superv Intern School 690 1 0000 - 0000