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Marraccini, Marisa

Assistant Professor of School Psychology

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mmarracc@email.unc.edu
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“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

- Thích Nhãt Hąnh

Overview

Marisa Marraccini earned her MA and PhD in school psychology with a specialization in research methodology at the University of Rhode Island. Following her doctorate, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship focused on adolescents with suicidal thoughts and behaviors at the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Marraccini’s avenue of research aims to promote child and adolescent mental health in the context of their daily lives – school settings. Her research is focused on supporting vulnerable populations, including adolescents struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, youth at risk for bullying, students with ADHD, and students misusing prescription opioid and stimulant medication for recreational and academic purposes.

She is particularly interested in characterizing adolescent school experiences following psychiatric hospitalization, the application of school (academic and social) context to inform hospital interventions and school supports, and supporting transfer of information between hospitals and schools. This line of research developed out of Marraccini’s experience as a school psychology intern when she conducted numerous risk assessments and from her work as a project coordinator and clinician on multiple studies assessing high-risk adolescents recruited from psychiatric hospitals.

Her passion for teaching and mentoring school psychology students stems from her commitment to promoting social justice in school systems. By partnering with students, Marraccini aims to support developing school psychologists to act as agents of change using evidence based practice to promote student success and equity within schools.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2015 - University of Rhode Island - School Psychology
  • M.A. 2013 - University of Rhode Island - Psychology
  • B.A. 2008 - Lesley University - Holistic Psychology

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Ph.D. in School Psychology

Research Interests

  • Suicide
  • School Connectedness
  • Bullying
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Misuse of Prescription Medication

Teaching Areas

  • School Psychology

Courses

  • EDUC 822: Doctoral Internship in School Psychology
  • EDUC 718: Psychological Assessment and Intervention I

Honors and Awards

  • 2013-2014, Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of Rhode Island
  • 2013, Rhode Island Association of School Psychologists Exemplary Graduate Student Award
  • 2013, Janet M. Kulberg Fellowship in School Psychology at the University of Rhode Island
  • 2013, Graduate Student Excellence in School Psychology Award at the University of Rhode Island

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of the American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Rhode Island School Psychologists Association

Selected Publications

Marraccini, M.E*, Lind, M. J.*, Sheerin, C. M., Bountress, K., Bacanu, S.-A., Amstadter, A.B., Nugent, N.R. (in press). A meta-analysis of rs2267735 in the ADCYAP1R1 gene and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Marraccini, M.E., & Brier, Z.M.F. (2017). School connectedness and suicidal thoughts and behaviors: A systematic meta-analysis. School Psychology Quarterly. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000192

Marraccini, M.E., Weyandt, L.L., Rossi, J.S., Gudmundsdottir, B.G. (2016). Neurocognitive enhancement or impairment? A systematic meta-analysis of prescription stimulant effects on processing speed, decision-making, planning, and cognitive perseveration. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 24, 269-284. doi: 10.1037/pha0000079

Palumbo, R.V., Marraccini, M.E., Weyandt, L. L., McGee, H., Goodwin, M. S. (2016). Interpersonal Physiological Research: A systematic review of the literature. Personality and Social Psychology Review. doi: 10.1177/1088868316628405

Marraccini, M.E. & Gorman, K. (2015). Exploring Placentophagia in Humans: Problems and Recommendations. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 60, 371-379. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12309

Marraccini, M.E., Weyandt, L.L., & Rossi, J. (2015). College students’ perceptions of professor/instructor bullying: Questionnaire development and psychometric properties. Journal of American College Health, 63, 563-572. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2015.1060596

Weyandt, L.L., Marraccini, M.E., Gudmundsdottir, B. G., Zavras, B. M., Turcotte, K. D., Munro, B. A., & Amoroso, A. J. (2013). Misuse of prescription stimulants among college students: A review of the literature and implications for morphological and cognitive effects on brain functioning. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21, p-p. doi: 10.1037/a0034013

Boatright-Horowitz, S., Marraccini, M., Harps-Logan, Y. (2012). Teaching antiracism: College students’ emotional and cognitive reactions to learning about White Privilege. The Journal of Black Studies, 43, 893-911.

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