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Dr. Annmary Abdou

Assistant Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: School-Wide Prevention and Interventions Systems; School Discipline Reform/Positive Discipline Frameworks; Restorative Justice; Culturally Responsive Assessment and Interventions; School-Based Mindfulness Interventions; Participatory Action Research
Office Location: Reeves Hall 217
University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts
Pepperdine University, Master of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Master of Education
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.


Annmary (Anna) Abdou joined the Attallah College of Educational Studies as an Assistant Professor in 2017. She earned her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. As a doctoral student and school psychology intern, Dr. Abdou was involved in several university-school partnership projects and developed a version of the Check, Connect, and Respect program, which facilitated mentorship connections between local college students and at-risk high school youth. This mentorship program continues to thrive to this day. Prior to joining the Attallah College faculty, she worked in public schools for more than 10 years and practiced school psychology across K-12 school settings. Her most recent full-time position as a practicing school psychologist was in an Orange County school district where she held a leadership position through which she provided regular professional development to school staff and supervised school psychology trainees and school-based mental health counselors.

Dr. Abdou currently serves as an instructor and mentor for both the school psychology and school counseling programs. Courses taught include Consultation and Collaboration and School Psychology Practicum. She also serves as a reviewer for the Contemporary School Psychology Journal. Dr. Abdou is passionate about social justice issues in education and equitable access for diverse learners within our school systems, and these themes are prevalent in both her research and pedagogy. She enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration and strives to contribute to the strengthening of our school systems through scholarly innovation and community partnerships. 

Scholarly Interests

  • School-wide prevention and interventions systems
  • School discipline reform/positive discipline frameworks
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Culturally responsive assessment and interventions
  • School-based mindfulness interventions
  • Participatory Action Research

Publications and Conference Presentations

Hass, M. & Abdou, A.S. (2018). Culturally Responsive Interviewing Practices. Contemporary School Psychology. (In submission).

Abdou, A. S. (2013). Discipline practices and school climate: Exploring predictors of discipline techniques through an examination of staff perceptions. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013)

Chin, J., Abdou, A. S., & Dowdy, E. (2013, February). "Moving toward equitable discipline practices: Alternatives to exclusionary discipline." Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Seattle, WA.

Dowdy, E., Abdou, A. S., Kamphaus, R., & DiStefano, C. (2012). "Validity evidence for the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System, Parent Form." Assessment for Effective Intervention. 38 (3), 192-198.

Chin, J. K., Abdou, A. S., Prothro, E. & Dowdy, E. (2011, April & 2012, February) "Behavioral Response-to-Intervention: Guidelines and case-based reflections." Presentation at annual meeting of the California Association of School Psychology, Costa Mesa, CA and at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.      

Shenouda, A. (2011). Attitudes towards universal screening: An exploration of teacher perspectives (Master’s thesis). University of California Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychology, Philadelphia, PA in 2012.

Zetzer, H., Lau, W., Cogger, A., Ramirez, W., Shenouda, A., & Ortega, K. (2010, August) "Building cultural competence through individual and organizational multicultural identity development." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Hoffman, A. J., Wallach, J. N., Shenouda, A., & Carducci, B. (2009) “Improving Interethnic Relationships via ‘Green’ Service Learning Principles: How to Feed a Hungry Community.” Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University Press.