The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


2017 Innovative Teaching Award Winner


Dr. Sally Grapin is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Montclair State University (MSU). She earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 2014. Dr. Grapin teaches graduate courses in MSU’s School Psychology Program (SPP) as well as advanced undergraduate courses that examine school-based social justice issues. Her approach to teaching is grounded in theory and research on experiential learning and multiple mentorship models. Specifically, she encourages students to acquire basic advocacy skills through structured service learning experiences, active reflection, and engagement with faculty, practitioner, and peer mentors.
Dr. Grapin’s scholarship focuses on two primary areas, namely: 1.) the recruitment of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals to the field of school psychology; and 2.) graduate and undergraduate student training in social justice advocacy. Most recently, her research has explored strategies for fostering the early development of social justice attitudes and behavioral intentions among pre-service school psychologists. Since 2015, Dr. Grapin has served as Co-Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Graduate Recruitment and Awareness Development (GRAD) Committee, which is dedicated to increasing the presence of CLD practitioners and academicians in the field of school psychology. 

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin