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Dr. Ruth Schumacher-Martinez earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program. She completed an APPIC approved internship through ISPIC and a post-doctoral fellowship at Township High School District 113 where she provided strengths based comprehensive evaluations and evidenced-based therapy for students with disabilities, particularly students on the Autism Spectrum and their families. 

Prior to coming to UMSL, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Webster University and has years of experience as a school psychologist in Chicagoland and the St. Louis area. Dr. Schumacher-Martinez is a nationally certified school psychologist and soon to be licensed psychologist.  Currently, she serves as a guest-editor for a special issue on Dismantling White Privilege to appear in the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.  In her teaching, service, and research, Dr. Schumacher-Martinez has a deep focus on social justice, disability rights, neurodiversity, advocacy, and culturally informed, person-centered practice. She has a commitment to kids and families who are neurodivergent in the St. Louis area.  Dr. Schumacher-Martinez is also a parent of an awesome, neurodivergent child who has taught her more than any of her professional training ever could.  Her hope is to support other families and children to aim high and access the support they need. 

Dr. Schumacher-Martinez is a qualitative methodologist and engages in community based, participatory action research.  She believes the voices of those with lived experiences matter and it is important to support individuals to speak for themselves because they are the experts on their lives. Dr. Schumacher-Martinez feels it is a true honor to train future school psychologists to be ready to enact socially just practice in the schools to better serve multi-marginalized kids and families.  She hopes to continue to engage in reserach and service in St. Louis to support kids and adults with disabilities (particularly individuals on the Autism Spectrum) as well as their families. 

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Recent Publications

  • Schumacher-Martinez, R., & Proctor, S, (2020) Untangling the grip of white privilege in education: calling out white complicity through consultation and systems change. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.
  • Shriberg, D., Schumacher-Martinez, R. & Huntley, N. (accepted, minor revisions submitted). Social justice and school psychology. Invited book chapter to appear in C. Haztichristou & B. K. Nastasi (Eds.), Handbook of school psychology in a global context. New York: Springer.
  • Talapatra, D, Miller, G. E., & Schumacher-Martinez, R., (2018). Family engagement in transition planning, implementation, and evaluation for students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.
  • Shriberg, D., Schumacher, R., McMahon, K., Flores, S., Moy, G., Swidzinski, J., & Tompkins, N. (2012). Facilitating effective family-school collaboration practices in an urban Catholic school using an action research methodology.Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. 15, 226-252.

Publications In Progress:

  • Schumacher-Martinez, R. (in preparation). Utilizing qualitative research methodology to evaluate the impact of family partnership in intervention effectiveness in students with disabilities. 
  • Schumacher-Martinez, R. (in preparation). Culturally responsive family partnership in early intervention.
  • Schumacher-Martinez & Talapatra, D. (in preparation) Valuing neurodiversity and culturally responsive transition planning through family and student partnership.
  • Schumacher-Martinez, R. (in preparation). School Psychology Social Justice Training in Action: Cross-Cultural Community Insights Matter.
  • Schumacher-Martinez & Talapatra, D. (in preparation) Sexual assault prevention education to enhance autonomy in students with developmental disabilities.

Recent Presentations:

  • Golomb, S. & Schumacher-Martinez, R. (2018, February) Abuse, Consent, and Proactive Professionals. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.
  • Schumacher-Martinez, R. (2018, March) Social Justice in Action: Family-School-Community Partnership to Prevent Sexual Violence in St. Louis Schools. Workshop to be presented at the Missouri Association of School Psychologists St. Louis regional Gateway meeting.
  • Mann, A., Schumacher-Martinez, R., Song, S. Y., O’Neal, C., & Shriberg, D. (2018, February). Conducting research from a social justice lens: Participatory action research. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.
  • Talapatara, D. & Schumacher-Martinez, R. (2018, February) Having the Talk: Reducing Sexual Risk for Students with ID. Practitioner Presentation to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.