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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.

In addition to being a member of the UMSL School Psychology Program since 2005, he served as Director of Accreditation and Program Enhancement, College of Education, from 2008-2013. He was appointed by the Chancellor to serve as the UMSL Faculty Athletics Representative from 2013-2017. In 2017, he was appointed Director of Academic Programs in the College of Education. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Dean, College of Education.

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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. A proud alumnus, he joined the faculty in the School Psychology Program at the University of Missouri--St. Louis in 2005.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Bahr's primary professional interests are in the areas of consultation/intervention and cultural competence, 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, academic/remedial interventions, and research methods/program evaluation.

Research

Dr. Bahr's research areas are the same as his instructional interests: prevention science and cultural competence. In the area of prevention, Dr. Bahr's research has focused extensively on prereferral intervention, school consultation, classroom intervention, and problem-solving intervention teams.  He was the Evaluation Coordinator for the Indiana Creative Problem Solving Initiative at the Blumberg Center in Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, Indiana State University. This work applied Creative Problem Solving to problem-solving intervention teams thoughout the State of Indiana.

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 (LGBTQQ). Dr. Bahr is particularly interested in preparing psychologists, counselors, and educators who are culturally competent and assist in creating diverse, inclusive environments for all learners.

Continuous Program Improvement / Accreditation

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 in 2008. He once again is a member of the HLC Steering Committee the University approaches reaccreditation in 2018.

Working collaboratively, Dr. Bahr and Dr. Donald Gouwens (Program Coordinator) successfully guided the UMSL School Psychology Program to Full Approval by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 2009. This makes the UMSL School Psychology Program the only NASP Approved Ed.S. Program in the State of Missouri. Because of their work in program quality, Drs. Bahr and Gouwens frequently provide workshops on the topics of program development and evaluation, use of rubrics for formative assessment, and assessment of student learning outcomes. Joined by their colleague, Dr. Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, in 2016, the UMSL School Psychology Program again earned Full NASP Approval in 2017.

In 2017, Dr. Bahr was appointed Director of Academic Programs, College of Education. In 2018, he was appointed as Associate Dean of the College of Education.

Recent Journal Publications

  • Bahr, M. W., Quach, H. L., Mirth, C. A., Birkett, K. A., Peach, M. E., & Underwood, H. M. (in press). A Tool to Support the Professional Learning of Problem-Solving Teams: A Pilot Study on the Problem-Solving Team Effectiveness Scale. Professional Development in Education.
  • Bahr, M. W., Long, K., & Nagel, J. (under review). Use of intervention technology by problem-solving teams (PSTs) based upon degree of RTI and MTSS implementation and perceived PST impact.
  • Bahr, M. W., Long, K., & Nagel, J. (in preparation). Logistics matter: The importance of preserving meeting integrity for problem-solving teams.
  • Bahr, M. W. (in preparation). Problem-solving team effectiveness with parents as team members: Implications for research and practice.
  • Clair, E. B., Bahr, M. W., Quach, H. L., & LeDuc, J. (2018). The Positive Plus Program: Affirmative classroom management to improve student behavior. Behavioral Interventions, 33, 221-236. DOI: 10.1002/bin.1632
  • Johnson, J. L., Bahr, M. W., & Navarro, V. L. (2017). School psychology and cultural competence: Room to grow? Educational Policy, 1-26. DOE: 10.1177/0895904817741542
  • Bahr, M. W., LeDuc, J., Hild, M., Davis, S., Summers, J., & McNeal, B. (2017). Evidence for the expanding role of consultation in the practice of school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 56, 581-595. DOI: 10.1002/pits.22020
  • Simons, J. D., Hutchinson, B., & Bahr, M. W. (2016-2017). School counselor advocacy for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students: Intentions and practice. Professional School Counseling, 20, 1a, 29-37. DOI: 10.5330/1096-2409-20.1a.29
  • Smith, N., & Bahr, M. W. (2013). Increasing cultural competence through needs assessment and professional development. Professional Development in Education, 40, 164-181. 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. DOI.org/10.1080/07380569.2012.702720

Select Reports from Grants and Contracts

  • Bahr, M. W. (2017, June). Literacy Coaching Project, Program Evaluation Report. Final report submitted to the Normandy Schools Collaborative/Wyman Center/University of Missouri—St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2016, June). An evaluation of Proficiency-Based Learning in the Pattonville School District. Final report submitted to the leadership of the Pattonville School District. St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Recent Invited Workshops / Presentations

  • Bahr, M. W., Dache-Gerbino, A., & Young, D. (2015, October). Why are race and racism so hard to talk about? Invited panelist for the MEN4MEN, Males Student-Athletes, Mizzou Athletics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2015, May). Thoughts on Ferguson and Beyond. Presentation made to the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2015, April). Thoughts on Ferguson and Beyond. In D. D. Kelly, Why is race so difficult to discuss? Invited presentation made at the NCAA Inclusion Forum, La Jolla, CA.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2015, April). Discussions on race and diversity. Invited roundtable discussion leader at the NCAA Inclusion Forum, La Jolla, CA.
  • Bahr, M. W., & Gouwens, D. A. (2015, April). School-based teams and problem-solving: Intervention implementation and intervention evaluation. Invited workshop presented to the UMSL-Sponsored St. Louis Charter Schools, St. Louis, MO.
  • Moore, K., & Bahr, M. W. (2015, April). How School Psychologists Support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: What skills does a School Psychologist have? How can School Psychologists support MTSS? Invited presentation made to All Ed: A Transformational Vision (Re-inventing Special Education), Technical Advisory Council, Missouri School Board Association/Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. Columbia, MO.
  • Gouwens, D. A., & Bahr, M. W. (2015, February). Team problem-solving: Problem identification and problem analysis. Invited workshop presented to the UMSL-Sponsored St. Louis Charter Schools, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., & Gouwens, D. A. (2015, January). Effective practices for school-based teams within a multi-tiered system of supports. Invited workshop presented to the UMSL-Sponsored St. Louis Charter Schools, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W. (2014, December). Collaborative teaming. Invited presentation made to All Ed: A Transformational Vision (Re-inventing Special Education), Technical Advisory Council, Missouri School Board Association/Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. Columbia, MO.

Select Presentations

  • Bahr, M. W., Long, K., & Nagel, J. F. (2018, February). The Problem-Solving Team Efficacy Scale: Intervention Technology for Teams. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.
  • Clair, E., & Bahr, M. W. (2018, February). Using Teacher Performance Feedback to Increase Positive Classroom Management. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.
  • Clair, E., & Bahr, M. W. (2016, April). The Positive Plus Program: An Affirmative Classroom Management System. In M. Lusk (Moderator), Culturally Responsive Classroom Behavior Management. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bahr, M. W., Johnson, J. L., Jones, N. C., Link, A., & Brown, P. (2016, February). What School Psychologists Have Learned from Ferguson and Beyond. Workshop to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bahr, M. W., Johnson, J. L., Jones, N. C., Link, A., & Brown, P. (2015, October). It’s Important to Talk about Race: What School Psychologists Have Learned from Ferguson and Beyond. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of School Psychologists, Columbia, MO.
  • Clair, E., & Bahr, M. W. (2014, February). The Positive Plus Program: An Affirmative Classroom Management System. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.
  • 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.