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In Memoriam

Guilford mourns the loss of author and series editor Kenneth W. Merrell, a leader in the field of school psychology, who passed away on August 19, 2011.

Until his death, Dr. Merrell was Professor of School Psychology and Director of the Oregon Resiliency Project at the University of Oregon, where he previously served as Director of the School Psychology Program and Head of the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences. Before coming to Oregon, he was on the faculties of the University of Iowa (1997–2001), Utah State University (1991–1997), and Central Washington University (1988–1991). As Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Utah State, he was instrumental in attaining NASP approval for the program. Earlier in his career, Dr. Merrell worked for 3 years as a full-time school psychologist.

Dr. Merrell's teaching and research focused on social–emotional assessment and intervention for at-risk children and adolescents and social–emotional learning in schools. He published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles; several books and nationally normed assessment instruments; and the Strong Kids programs, a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum, as well as serving as Editor of The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.

Dr. Merrell was a Fellow of both the Division of School Psychology (Division 16) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) of the American Psychological Association. In spring 2011, Dr. Merrell received the Senior Scientist Award from Division 16, the Division's highest honor for excellence in science. Karen Stoiber, President of Division 16, noted: "Dr. Merrell's highly impressive record of programmatic research has advanced both the science and practice of school-based assessment and evidence-based interventions." She highlighted the Strong Kids curriculum as a signal contribution that is being implemented in schools across the United States and has benefited thousands of children and families. Dr. Stoiber added: "Dr. Merrell has touched many lives and further advanced the field by serving as a caring and brilliant mentor to dozens of graduate students and junior faculty, thus launching and supporting many successful careers. Ken's legacy will continue to move our field forward through his thoughtful wisdom and guidance of the science and practice of School Psychology."

In honor of Dr. Merrell, two new scholarships have been established at the University of Oregon and Utah State University. To support these funds, please click the links above.

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