College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education & Human Development
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management, Georgia State University
Tamika P. La Salle-Finley’s (B.A. ’05, Ed.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’13) scholarship, service and teaching focuses on creating equitable environments for youth with minoritized and marginalized identities. She studies culturally responsive educational practices and school climate by using surveys to understand student experiences and guide school improvements. Prior to returning to Georgia State as a faculty member in fall 2022, La Salle-Finley was an associate professor at the University of Connecticut for nine years. There she received the Perry A. Zirkel Distinguished Teacher Award and the Excellence in Research and Creativity Early Career Award. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.
La Salle-Finley has dedicated her career to helping scholars of color enter the field of psychology and academia and serves as the chair for the National Association of School Psychologists Minority Scholarship Program and has previously served as ex-officio in the equity seat for the Association of Positive Behavioral Supports. Tamika was recently nominated for and accepted into the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).