Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs

Dr. Bahr earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a graduate of Indiana University's APA-accredited School Psychology Program, where he obtained the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology.

Dr. Bahr has worked as a psychologist in the states of Tennessee, Michigan, and Indiana. He was a Certified School Psychologist in Michigan and a Licensed School Psychologist in Indiana. He is currently a Certified School Psychologist, State of Missouri. Dr. Bahr has worked as a faculty member in the school psychology programs at Western Michigan University and Indiana State University, and he was a member of the graduate faculty at both institutions. Dr. Bahr also served as a department chairperson for seven years at Indiana State.

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Education and Professional Experience:

Dr. Bahr earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a graduate of Indiana University's APA-accredited School Psychology Program, where he obtained the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology. 

Dr. Bahr has worked as a psychologist in the states of Tennessee, Michigan, and Indiana. He was a Certified School Psychologist in Michigan and a Licensed School Psychologist in Indiana. He is currently a Certified School Psychologist, State of Missouri. Dr. Bahr has worked as a faculty member in the school psychology programs at Western Michigan University and Indiana State University, and he was a member of the graduate faculty at both institutions.  Dr. Bahr also served as a department chairperson for seven years at Indiana State.

 

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Bahr's primary professional interests are in the areas of consultation/intervention and multicultural diversity, and these are teaching areas as well. He regularly teaches courses on educational and psychological consultation. Dr. Bahr also teaches seminars in school psychology focusing on a variety of professional issues including professional ethics, the regulation of practice via federal/state law, and development of cultural competence by psychologists.  He also teaches courses in diagnosis and treatment of developmental psychopathology and educational disabilities, psychotherapeutic interventions in schools, and academic/remedial interventions.

 

Research:

Dr. Bahr's research areas are the same as his instructional interests: consultation/intervention and multicultural diversity. In the area of consultation, Dr. Bahr's research has focused on the efficacy of school-based, problem-solving consultation teams.  Recently, he has collaborated with researchers from the Blumberg Center in Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education at Indiana State University. This work has involved applying Creative Problem Solving to problem-solving intervention teams. In this capacity, Dr. Bahr previously worked as the Evaluation Coordinator for the Indiana Creative Problem Solving Initiative through the Blumberg Center.

Dr. Bahr's professional experience with diverse learners and families has influenced his research agenda. Although much of his work has focused on broad issues of multiculturalism and the identity development of psychologists, Dr. Bahr's publications have addressed specific topics including race, disability, and affectional orientation. Dr. Bahr is particularly interested in training psychologists who are culturally competent and assist in creating diverse, inclusive environments for all learners.

 

Accreditation/Program Enhancement:

From 2008-2013, Dr. Bahr served as Director of Accreditation and Program Enhancement and Co-NCATE Coordinator for the College of Education. In this role, Dr. Bahr coordinated the College's accreditation efforts, served as Chair of the Committee for Program Quality, and promoted efforts to monitor and improve the quality of all academic programs in the College. The College was fully re-accreditated by NCATE in April 2013. Dr. Bahr was College's representative  on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Steering Committee, whose efforts contributed to full accreditation of the University of Missouri-St. Louis by the HLC. Dr. Bahr and Dr. Donald Gouwens, Program Coordinator in the UMSL School Psychology Program, frequently provide workshops on the topics of program development and evaluation, use of rubrics for formative assessment, and assessment of student learning outcomes.

 

Recent Publications: Books/Chapters/Monographs

  • Hampton, E., Bahr, M. W., Walker, K., & Buddle, B.  (2006). Factors of effectiveness in Creative Problem Solving for General Education Intervention teams: Lessons learned about practice from district-trainer focus groups. In P. Brewer & M. Firmin (Eds.), Ethnographic and qualitative research in education (pp. 123-132). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2004). An unusual path: Moving from psychopathology to diversity. In W. Littlejohn (Ed.), A matter of style: Reflections from practitioners of Adaption-Innovation Theory (pp. 5-6).  Terre Haute, IN: Center for Teaching and Learning.

 

Recent Publications: Journal Publications

  • Clair, E. B., Bahr, M. W., & Quach, H. L. (under review). A preliminary investigation of the Positive Plus Program: Affirmative classroom management to improve student behavior.
  • Smith, N., & Bahr, M. W. (in press). Increasing cultural competence through needs assessment and professional development. DOI:10.1080/19415257.2013.776618
  • Bahr, M. W., Gouwens, D. A., & Schuh, G. (2012). Evaluation of handheld computers for direct systematic classroom observation. Computers in the Schools, 29, 268-284.
  • Sherblom, S. A., & Bahr, M. W. (2008). Homosexuality and normality: Basic knowledge and practical considerations for school consultation. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 18, 81-100.
  • Bahr, M. W., & Kovaleski, J. F. (2006). The need for problem-solving teams: Introduction to the special issue.  Remedial and Special Education, 27, 2-5.
  • Bahr, M., Walker, K., Hampton, E., Buddle, B., Freeman, T., Ruschman, N., Sears, J., McKinney, A., Miller, M., and Littlejohn, W.  (2006). Creative Problem Solving for general education intervention teams: A two-year evaluation study.  Remedial and Special Education, 27, 27-41.
  • Arra, C. T., & Bahr, M. W.  (2005). Teachers' and students' preferences for mathematics interventions: Implications for teacher acceptability in consultation.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 16, 157-174.

 

Select Presentations:

  • Smith, N. L., Bahr, M. W., & Walsh, K. S. (2013, April). Addressing disproportionality through a culturally-competent lens. Invited workshop presented to the psychology staff at Special School District of St. Louis County, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., Reising, D., Montgomery, C., & Williams, J. (2011, October). Identification, treatment and
    management of social-emotional and behavioral problems in school age children and adolescents. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Gateway Region, Missouri Association for School Psychologists, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., & Kashubeck, S. K. (2010, October). Working effectively with lesbian, gay, bisexual,
    transgender, and questioning youth. Invited workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association for School Psychologists, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., & Gouwens, D. A. (2010, February). A Program Evaluation of PDAs and Classroom Observational Software: Implications for Training School Psychologists. Invited presentation for the Brown Bag Lunch Series, Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • Bahr, M. W., Johnson, J. L., Hume, J. M., & Clair, E. B. (2008, October). Creative Problem Solving with school-based teams: An evidence-based approach to enhance team effectiveness and student outcomes. Invited workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of School Psychologists, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., Gouwens, D., Dunn-McCarthy, M., & Felts, J. (2007, November). Using PDAs and classroom observational software to improve the training of school psychologists. Paper presented at the annual Teaching and Technology Conference, University of Missouri - St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W. (Chair). (2007, March). Recent advances in team-based practices for problem solving. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York, NY.