Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Amanda Lannie, PhD, BCBA-D

Second Advisor

Jessica Glass Kendorski, PhD


The current study examined the procedural fidelity within problem solving teams in three elementary schools, utilizing a 19-item modified checklist (Burns et al., 2008) completed by team members and a trained observer concurrently at eight meetings at each of the schools. The purpose of the study was to determine if there was a relationship between the team members’ ratings and the observer’s ratings, and also to determine the level of procedural fidelity across the three schools. The items on the checklist were divided into three subscales for analysis, based on the problem solving model: problem identification, problem analysis, and problem solving team (PST) support. The results revealed that there was not a significant difference by raters for two of the schools, yet there was a significant difference for the third school in two of the three subscales. Also, there was a significant difference between two of the three schools by team ratings, but not as hypothesized. The current study continues to demonstrate a need for evaluating the procedures of PSTs in schools, specifically examining the fidelity.

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