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Randy Kamphaus

College of Education, School Psychology
Phone: 541-346-1601
Office: 230 HEDCO Education Bldg


Professor Kamphaus spent most of his career on the faculty of his alma mater, the University of Georgia. There he served in a variety of roles including, distinguished research professor, department head, college research administrator, clinic director, and academic program coordinator, among other roles. He subsequently served as Dean of the College of Education at Georgia State University.

Professor Kamphaus is known best for his research on child psychodiagnostic test development, and assessment practice and methods. He is co-author of the widely used Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC; with Emeritus Professor Cecil Reynolds from Texas A & M University), which is also used internationally, and in a variety of languages. To date, he has published more than 85 scientific journal articles, 50 book chapters, 10 books, and 10 tests or software packages, among other publications. His research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences. 

Professor Kamphaus has graduated 39 doctoral students, and served as mentor and research advisor to numerous masters and bachelors students.

With regard to service to his profession, Professor Kamphaus is a licensed psychologist in Georgia, and has served in a variety of leadership roles for the American Psychological Association (APA):  Editor of School Psychology Quarterly, member of the Council of Representatives, and member of the Board of Professional Affairs.  He was elected Fellow of the APA Division of School Psychology in 1995, the same year he served as President.


Ph.D., 1983, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Major: Educational Psychology (APA Approved, School)
Major Professor: John D. Nolan

M.A., 1976, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
Major: General Psychology

B.A., 1974, Quincy University, Quincy, IL
Major: Psychology, Minor: Education (Secondary Social Studies Teaching Certificate)

Honors and Awards

2017    Honorary Professor of the Psychology Career, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru

2015    Alumni of Distinction Award, Graduate School, University of Georgia

2013    Senior Scientist Award, Division of School Psychology, American Psychological Association

2008    Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award, College of Education, University of Georgia

2004    Distinguished Research Professorship, University of Georgia 

2003    Russell H. Yeany Research Award, University of Georgia, College of Education


Kamphaus, R.W., Walden, E., & Carrizales-Engelmann, D. (in press).  Internalizing Problems and Disorders of Childhood.  In F. Worrell (Ed). Cambridge Handbook of Applied School Psychology. 

Kim, J., & Kamphaus, R.W. (2017). Investigation of Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance by Gender for the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System Among High School Students. Psychological Assessment29, 1-10.

Zhou, X., Reynolds, C.R., & Kamphaus, R.W. (in press).  An evidence-based assessment of ADHD diagnosis in children and adolescents. Applied Neuropsychology.

Bradstreet, L. E., Juechter, J. I., Kamphaus, R. W., Kerns, C. M., & Robins, D. L. (2017). Using the BASC-2 parent rating scales to screen for autism spectrum disorder in toddlers and preschool-aged children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 359-370.

Dowdy, E., Harrell-Williams, L., Dever, B., Furlong, M., Moore, S., Raines, T., & Kamphaus, R.W. (in press). Predictive Validity of a Student Self-Report Screener of Behavioral and Emotional Risk in an Urban High School. School Psychology Review, 45, 2016, 458-476.

Kamphaus, R. W., & Reynolds, C. R. (2015). Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition (BASC-3): Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS).  Bloomington, MN: Pearson.

Harrell-Williams, L. M.; Raines, T. C.; Kamphaus, R. W.; Dever, B. (2015) Psychometric analysis of the BASC–2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) student form: Results from high school student samples. Psychological Assessment, 27, 738-743.


Professor Kamphaus is now focusing his research and development work on prevention of child mental health problems in schools. With some of his former students and post-doctoral trainees Drs. Erin Dowdy (University of California - Santa Barbara), Bridget Dever (Lehigh University), Tara Raines (University Denver), Jihe Kim (Kennesaw State University) Leigh Michelle Harrell-Williams (University of Memphis), and long-term colleague Dr. Christine DiStefano (University of South Carolina), he is designing and evaluating universal screening to detect children with behavioral and emotional risk, deliver group-based preventive interventions, and implement data-based prevention evaluation and continuous service improvement for children with behavioral and emotional risk.