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Meet the Faculty/Staff – Dr. Merilee McCurdy


Dr. McCurdy received her PhD in School Psychology from Mississippi State University.

For 14 years, prior to joining the University of Tennessee, she was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska in the School Psychology program.

She began at the University of Tennessee in 2014 and serves as the Coordinator of the School Psychology PhD program.

While she doesn’t currently see clients in the KLASS Center, she is an integral part of the clinical training team helping to develop our doctoral students’ therapeutic skills.

McCurdy’s research is focused on helping K-12 students become better writers and she develops and evaluates classroom interventions that can be used by teachers. Skill development for students with significant writing skill deficits is lacking; especially for students with learning disorders. Dr. McCurdy’s research aims to fill some of those gaps. Recently, she and her research team have been examining the role and challenges that keyboarding presents with respect to high-stakes achievement testing within the areas of writing and written expression.

McCurdy enjoys spending time with family, reading, and cheering on her college sports teams (of which there are many).