Ph.D. in School Psychology, Indiana State University, 2011
M.Ed. in School Psychology, Indiana State University, 2007
B.S. in Psychology, University of New Orleans, 2004
Social justice and equity in schools
Governmental and professional advocacy
Chavez Phelps is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an assistant professor of school psychology at Georgia State University. His research interests include examining the impact of school-based trauma interventions and strategies. He has conducted several trauma-informed care workshops for school districts and educators.
Before entering academia, Chavez functioned as a school-based practitioner in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also worked with the Louisiana Public Health Institute to ensure youth had access to quality community behavioral health services.
Currently, he serves as a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee.
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Phelps, C., *Amakye, R., Francios, S., *Schafer, K. (in press). Adapting a school-based trauma intervention to support students: A pilot study. Journal of Trauma Studies in Education.
Heidelburg, K., Phelps, C., & Collins, T. (2022) Reconceptualizing school safety for Black Students. School Psychology International, 1-22. DOI: 10.1177/01430343221074708
Phelps, C., & Sperry, L. L. (2021). An exploration of mothers’ beliefs, expectations, and behaviors regarding young African American children’s early school experiences and success. Journal of Black Psychology, 47(1), 51-80.
Phelps, C., Liner, A., Sperry, L.L., *Austin, Z., & *Amakye, R. (in press). Youth and the impact of COVID-19. In J. L. Matson (Ed.) Handbook of clinical child psychology: Theory to practice. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
Phelps, C., & Howard-Hamilton, M. (2021). Finding my way “Black”: Resilience building Afrocentric identity theories. In F. A. Bonner II, R.M. Banda, S.L. Smith, & A.F. Marbley (Eds.), Square pegs and round holes: Alternative approaches to diverse college student development theory. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
Balch, T., Oliver, B.M., Phelps, C., & Balch, B. (2021). Building great mental health professional-teacher teams. Solution Tree.
Phelps, C., Savage, T., & *Amakye, R. (revise and resubmit). Addressing violence toward LGBTQ+ youth: A conceptual view of the PREPaRE framework. Research and Practice in Schools.
Bingham, G., & Phelps, C. (under review). Examining preschool to first grade outcomes of Black children experiencing a high-quality early childhood program. The Elementary School Journal.
Phelps, C., Francois, S., Hucke, K., & *Kidwell, K. (under review). Trauma-informed African American youth summer community arts curriculum: An evaluation of pilot implementation. Journal of Youth Development.