Frank M. Gresham, PhD, co-author of the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) family of products, earned his doctorate in Psychology at the University of South Carolina in 1979. He is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University. He serves as co-principal investigator on a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, which is investigating the social, psychological, and academic characteristics of children and their families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A licensed psychologist in Louisiana, he also serves as a consultant to school districts and psychological associations across the country.
Dr. Gresham has published over 250 journal articles, books, book chapters, and tests in the areas of social skills assessment and training, emotional and behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, consultation, and response to intervention. He was instrumental in the effort to redefine specific learning disabilities and contributed to the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004.
Dr. Gresham was awarded Fellow status within the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received the Lightner Witmer Award and the Senior Scientist Award from the School Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) for outstanding career research contributions. He is also a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABA International).