Assistant Professor of Psychology
School Psychology Program
Department of Psychology
Dr. Anisa Goforth is an assistant professor of psychology in the School Psychology Program at the University of Montana. Her research primarily focuses on culturally responsive evidence-based practices in school psychology. She is interested in understanding culturally responsive ways to support children and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is interested in the implementation of social-emotional interventions, particularly social skills interventions for children with autism. She has developed a treatment protocol for social skills along with Jennifer Schoffer Closson (Dept of Communicative Sciences) called Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI). Finally, Dr. Goforth has interests in professional competence of school psychologists. She is interested in ways that school psychologists' cultural competence, how they use ethical practices in culturally diverse communities, and professional issues related to technology and social media.
Dr. Goforth received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. She received her Masters of Arts in School Psychologyin 2006 and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology in 2011 from Michigan State University (NASP approved, APA-Accredited). She conducted her dissertation investigating acculturation and psychological adjustment among Arab American adolescents. She also completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University, which is part of the Illinois School Psychology Consortium (NASP approved, APA-accredited).
An Australian and U.S. citizen, Dr. Goforth grew up in Yemen, Indonesia, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Pakistan and spoke four languages. She continues to enjoy traveling, having been to over 45 countries. She also enjoys reading historical fiction, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, playing ice hockey, and hiking with her dog Luna.
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Field Of Study:
multicultural school psychology
social-emotional interventions and therapy
professional and training issues in school psychology
Multicultural issues in School Psychology
Cultural competence training of school psychologists
Children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Social Skills interventions for children with autism
School-based mental health care
- PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology
- PSYX 345 Child & Adolescent Psychological Disorders
- PSYX524 Tests & Measurements
- PSYX587 School Psychology Methods (First & Second Year practicum)
- PSYX583 Educational Assessment & Intervention
Hiking, camping, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, playing softball and ice hockey, reading, playing with my dog Luna
2011 Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology, Michigan State University
2007 Masters of Arts in School Psychology, Michigan State University
2000 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Lewis & Clark College
Licensed Psychology (Montana)
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) License #41285
Educator Licensure, Class 6, State of Montana License #87674
Elementary Teacher, Computers, Northbridge International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
School Counselor, Northbridge International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
National Association of School Psychologists
American Psychological Association
Trainers of School Psychologists
Montana Association of School Psychologists
A dual citizen of Australia and U.S., Dr. Goforth has lived in Yemen, Indonesia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Cambodia and the United States. She has also traveled to over 45 countries across the world.
2013 Student Affairs Faculty Award
*Indicates UM graduate student
#Indicates UM undergraduate student
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Goforth, A.N., Oka, E.R., Leong, F.T.L., & Denis, D. (in press). Acculturation, acculturative stress, religiosity, and psychological adjustment among Muslim Arab American adolescents. Journal of Muslim Mental Health.
Goforth, A.N., *Rennie, B., *Hammond, J. & Closson, J., (in press). Strategies for data collection in social skill group interventions: A case study for children with autism. Intervention in School and Clinic.
Pham, A., Goforth, A.N., Segool, N., & Burt, I. (2014). Social networking in school psychology programs: A national survey of faculty and graduate students. School Psychology Forum: Research to Practice, 8, 130-143.
Segool, N., Goforth, A.N., White, H., Loschiavo, M., & Gonzalez, A. (2014). Exploratory analysis of school psychologists’ social networking: Recommendations for graduate training. Trainers’ Forum, 30. 4-20.
Segool, N. K., Carlson, J. S., Goforth, A. N., von der Embse, N., & Barterian, J. A. (2013). Heightened test anxiety among young children: Elementary school students' anxious responses to high-stakes testing. Psychology in the Schools, 50, 489-499. doi: 10.1002/pits.21689
Plavnick, J. B., Ferreri, S. J., Mannes, T. J., Maupin, A. N., Stewart, L. S., Goforth, A. N., Palmer, D., Sportsman, E. L., Carlson, J. S., & Oka, E. R. (2012). Experimental comparison of brief behavioral and developmental language training for a young child with autism. Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. 5, 35-41.
*Yosai, E., Goforth, A. N., & *Shindorf, Z. (in press). Social Caring. In R. Summers (Ed.), Social psychology: How other people influence our thoughts and actions.
*Shindorf, Z., Goforth, A. N., & *Yosai, E. (in press). Stereotypes and its impact. In R. Summers (Ed.), Social psychology: How other people influence our thoughts and actions.
Pham, A., Goforth, A.N., Murray, M.O., & Fine, J. (in press). Multicultural neuropsychological assessment of children with learning disabilities. Enduring and Emerging Trends in Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment.
Beebe-Frankenberger, M., & Goforth, A. N. (2014). Best practices in school psychological practice in rural settings. In A. Thomas & P. Harrison (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology (Vol. VI). Bethesda: National Association of School Psychology.
Goforth, A.N. (2013). Cultural adaptation. In K. Keith (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Goforth, A.N. (2013). Minority-group affiliation hypothesis. In K. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cross-cultural Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Goforth, A. N., Pham, A. V., & Carlson, J. S. (2011). Diathesis-stress model. In S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 502-503). New York, NY; Springer Publishing Co.