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DU IRB Exemption Granted: November 23, 2016                     Valid through: November 22, 2021

University of Denver Morgridge College of Education
Information Sheet for Exempt Research

Title of Project: Examining the Measurement and Influences on Self-Reported Cultural Competency in School Psychologists
Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., N.C.S.P.
University of Denver
1999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, Co 80208
Dear Participants:
You are invited to take part in a research study examining the measurement and influences on self-reported cultural competency in school psychologists and school psychology graduate students.
You are being asked to participate in a research project. This form will give you information about the project. Please read the information and ask any questions you have about the project before deciding to participate. The information we collect will NOT affect your current standing as a professional school psychologist or graduate student.
What is the purpose? The purpose of the project is to gain insight on the measurement of cultural competency as well as factors that influence self-perceived cultural competency.
What you will be asked to do? Professional school psychologists and school psychology graduate students will take an online self-survey that will collect data on multicultural competency derived from the validated School Psychology Multicultural Competence Scale (SPMCS), personality characteristics derived from the validated The Big Five Inventory (BFI), and demographic variables of interest.
You will complete the questionnaire about cultural competence, personality characteristics, and demographic information. The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes and will be taken during a time of convenience when access to the Internet is available.
Risks and benefits: There are no anticipated risks to you if you participate in this study, beyond those encountered in everyday life.
Although participating in this project may not directly help you, it may benefit professional school psychologists and school psychology graduate students in the future. By participating in this project, you are helping to see the relationship between self-reported measures of cultural competency and influential factors that affect learning and service delivery.
Taking part is voluntary: Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose to be in the study you can withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. Participants can choose to skip any question. Participating in this study does not mean that you are giving up any of your legal rights.
Your answers will be confidential: The data gathered from this study will be used for research purposes only. The data will be kept in a firewall protection file and only restricted personnel will have access to view the information. Any report of this research that is made available to the public will not include your name or any other individual information by which you could be identified.
If you have questions or want a copy or summary of the study results: If you have any questions about this project or your participation, please feel free to ask questions now or contact Tara Raines at 303-871-7015 and/or at any time. You may email to request a copy of this form.
If you have any questions or concerns about your research participation or rights as a participant, you may contact the DU Human Research Protections Program by emailing or calling (303) 871-2121 to speak to someone other than the researchers.
The DU Human Research Protections Program has determined that this study is minimal risk and is exempt from full IRB oversight.
Please take all the time you need to read through this document and decide whether you would like to participate in this research study.
If you agree to participate in this research study, please click the circle next to “Agree”.   If you do not agree to participate, click the circle next to “Do NOT Agree”.  You will be emailed a copy of this form.
DU IRBNet ID #903030
Version Approved: 11/23/2016
Valid for use through: 11/22/2021

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