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Jim Koller

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Jim Koller, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri and has served as a professor in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the past 31 years. He is also the founder and director of the Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools and former Director of the University Assessment and Consultation Clinic and clinics in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics in the University of Missouri Medical School. Jim is a Fellow in the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and the recipient of the U.S. Armed Services Administration Distinguished Visiting Professor Award. In addition, Jim is widely published and has presented nationally on a variety of issues including school based mental health, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and has conducted numerous national workshops on disabilities and rehabilitation. Jim is committed to an expanded school/community mental health model which focuses on prevention driven evidence based practices. Examples of his research interests include mental health and systems change, teacher stress and burnout, bullying and school violence, teacher pre-service and in-service training in mental health, mental health and delinquency, and legislative decision making surrounding mental health issues. Jim has served widely on invited national commissions regarding individuals with special needs, especially Specific Learning Disability. Examples include the Rehabilitation Services Administration, National Institute for Literacy, a presidential task force on transition and employment, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor. Jim currently serves as Chair for the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education’s National Advisory Committee on Disabilities.