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Jane Conoley



  • Higher Ed: Education, Higher Ed: Administrator 


Dr. Jane Close Conoley serves as Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a full professor in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Department. She has been Dean since January 2006. Prior to coming to California, Dr. Conoley served as dean of Texas A&M University for 10 years and was a professor of psychology at Syracuse University and Texas Woman's University, and of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was the Edith S. Greer Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Conoley is the author or editor of 21 books and over 80 chapters and refereed journal articles. Her areas of primary interest are interventions with children with disabilities - especially serious emotional disturbance and aggressive children and youth -- and family intervention. For example, she is co-author with A. P. Goldstein, of Student Violence Intervention: A practical handbook and Student Aggression: Prevention, management and replacement training. She has also co-authored books concerning home/school collaboration (with S. Christenson), family assessment (with E. Werth), and school consultation (with C. Conoley). Her most recent publication with Collie Conoley is Positive Psychology and Family Therapy (Wiley, 2009).
She is also well known for her work in psychological and educational measurement and served for 12 years as an editor of the Mental Measurements Yearbook series published by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements. She has been the principle investigator on several federally funded projects aimed at developing better school-based approaches to helping children with emotional and behavioral disorders. She also has been the P.I. on federal and state initiatives to improve teacher quality especially in science and mathematics education. She is very interested in working with school to increase the engagement of poor children of color with academic success and educational attainment. She has presented papers and lectured throughout the world to educational and mental health professionals on these topics.
Jane has won university-level teaching and professional organization service awards. Jane's been very active in leadership positions in the American Psychological Association and has served on national boards, most recently, related to teacher recruitment (College Board) and zero tolerance policies (APA). She has also served on the executive committees of the national education deans' associations such as CADREI and LEARN>
In her role as dean of the Graduate School of Education, Jane oversees the APA accredited combined program in professional psychology - one of only a handful of such programs in the U. S. She has also assumed campus leadership of the University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative and has participated in the development of a campus-wide strategy to increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors who choose to pursue a career in teaching. In this role she has worked to develop new links with the regional community colleges and new relationships on campus among the colleges and the large interdisciplinary science and engineering research centers that distinguish UC Santa Barbara. Currently, she chairs the University of California Systemwide Mathematics and Science Initiative that boasts over 2000 undergraduate students on nine UC campuses preparing to be secondary science or mathematics teachers. 


Educational Psychology; Teacher Quality; mental health services in schools 


Hughes, J. N., LaGreca, A., & Conoley, J. C. (Eds.) (2001). Handbook of psychological services
for children and adolescents. New York: Oxford University Press.
Conoley, J.C. & Goldstein, A.P. (2004). School violence intervention: A practical handbook (2nd
edition). New York: Guilford.
Conoley, C.W., & Conoley, J. C. (2009). Positive psychology and family therapy. New York: Wiley
Sullivan, J., & Conoley, J. C. (2008). Best practices in supervision of interns. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology V (000-000). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.
Conoley, C.W. & Conoley, J.C. (2008) The existential issues of freedom and responsibility: Every year it is getting harder to deny them! In L. Golden (Ed.). Case studies in counseling older adults. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice-Hall.
Conoley, C.W., & Conoley, J.C. (2009). Positive psychology for educators. In R. Gilman, E. S.
Huebner, & M. J. Furlong (Eds.). Handbook of positive psychology in the schools. (pp
463-476). Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis.
Conoley, C. W., Conoley, J. C., & Reece, J. (2009). Changing a field of change. Journal of
Educational and Psychological Consultation.
Skiba, R., Reynolds, C.R., Graham, S., Sheras, P., Conoley, J. C., & Garcia-Vasquez, E.(2008)
Are zero tolerance policies effective in schools? American Psychologist, 63, 852-862.
Conoley, J.C., & Conoley, C.W. (in press) Collaboration and positive psychology. Journal of
Educational and Psychological Consultation, Special Issue
Conoley, J. C. (in press). Bigger dreams in a smaller world. Teacher Education & Practice:
special issue, Teacher Education in a Global Society