Project Staff

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Linda Reddy, PhD
Principal Investigator & Professor

Phone: 848-445-3849  Cell: 732-289-1365

Dr. Reddy is a Professor in the School Psychology Doctoral Program. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the School System Improvement (SSI) Project funded by the US DOE (2012-2017) and PI for a randomized clinical trial focused on teacher formative assessment and coaching funded by the Brady Education Foundation (2014-2017). Her research interests include teacher assessment and professional development, assessment and treatment of children with ADHD-related disorders, as well as test development and validation.  She has published over 70 papers and book chapters and six books (four with APA Books) on assessment and interventions for children with special needs. Dr. Reddy was the PI of a National Center for Education Research – Institute for Education Sciences measurement development grant funded by US DOE (2008-2013). She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP). Dr. Reddy has held numerous national leadership roles. She was the President of APA Division 16 (School Psychology). She is a member of the APA Board of Professional Affairs and member of APA Division 16 Translating Science to School Practice Work Group. Dr. Reddy is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is a nationally certified school psychologist.  She consults with schools, agencies, and test development companies nationwide.

Picture - Elisa Shernoff, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
Elisa Shernoff, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor

Phone: 848-445-3902

Dr. Shernoff is core faculty in the APA/NASP approved school psychology program. She earned her PhD in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 8 years. Dr. Shernoff’s work centers on developing and testing interventions to enhance the use of evidence-based instructional and classroom management practices among teachers working in high poverty schools. Her research reflects the overall goal of her work to expand mental health practice in high poverty schools to include supporting teacher effectiveness as a mechanism for promoting positive academic and behavioral outcomes for children.
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Adam Lekwa, PhD
Project Manager & Assistant Research Professor

Phone: 848-445-5437

Dr. Adam Lekwa is an Assistant Research Professor in the Graduate School for Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He completed his graduate training in school psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he received a PhD in 2012. Prior to joining Rutgers Adam held positions as a School Psychologist and as an Instructional Services Coordinator for two special education cooperatives in Minnesota. His responsibilities ranged from evaluation and consultation for individual students to provision of professional development sessions on assessment and intervention. He also engaged in consultation with teams of administrators on district level achievement data, and implementation of multi-tiered systems of service delivery. Adam has authored or co-authored multiple papers, professional reports, and presentations at national conferences on educational assessment and data-based decision making. His current research interests include formative assessment of academic skills and instructional practices, as well as instructional coaching.