Laura Pendergast, Ph.D.

Laura Pendergast, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Psychological Studies in Education

Ritter Annex 265
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-8077

  • Ph.D., School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed., School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Social-emotional and behavioral assessment and diagnosis
  • Assessment for school-based intervention
  • Scale validation through factor analysis and IRT
  • Multicultural issues in assessment and psychopathology
  • Psychometrics and scale development
Recent Scholarship

*denotes manuscripts with student co-authors. 

  1. Pendergast, L. L., *Jones, P., Scharf, R., Rasheed, M., Schaefer, B. A., Murray-Kolb, L. E., Rasmussen, Z., Svensen, E., Tofail, F., Seidman, J. C., Caulfield, L. E., & The MAL-ED Network Investigators. (In Press). Approach temperament across cultures: Validation of scores from an adapted version of the Infant Temperament Scale in the MAL-ED Study. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology.
  2. *Jones, P., Pendergast, L. L., Schaefer, B. A., Rasheed, M., Svensen, E., Scharf, R., Shrestha, R., Maphula, A., Roshan, R., Rasmussen, Z., Seidman, J. C., Murray-Kolb, L. E., & The MAL-ED Network Investigators (In Press). Measuring home environments across cultures: Invariance of the HOME scale across eight international sites from the MAL-ED study. Journal of School Psychology.
  3. Pendergast, L. L., von der Embse, N., Kilgus, S. P., & Eklund, K. R. (2017). Measurement Equivalence: A Non-Technical Primer on Categorical Multi-Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis in School Psychology. Journal of School Psychology, 60, 65-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2016.11.002.
  4. *Ryan, S., von der Embse, N., Pendergast, L. L., Saeki, E., Segool, N., & *Schwing, S. (2017). Leaving the teaching profession: The role of teacher stress and educational accountability policies on turnover intent. Teaching and Teacher Education. 66, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.03.016
  5. Virtue, S., Pendergast, L. L., Tellez, M., *Waldron, E., & Ismail, A. (2017). Identifying non-cognitive skills that contribute to dental student success: Dental faculty perspectives. Journal of Dental Education, 81, 300-309. PMID: 28250036​.
  6. von der Embse, N., Sandilos, L. E., Pendergast, L. L., & *Mankin, A. (2016). Teacher stress, teaching efficacy, and job satisfaction in response to test-based educational accountability policies. Learning and Individual Differences, 50, 308-317. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2016.08.001.
  7. von der Embse, N., Pendergast, L. L., Segool, N., Saeki, E., & *Ryan, S. (2016). The influence of test-based accountability policies on school climate and teacher stress across four states. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 492-502. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.07.013.
  8. Ambikapathi, R., Kosek, M., Lee, G., Cloupas, M., Patil, C. L., Maciel, B. L., Turab, A., Islam, M. M., Ulak, M., Bose, A., Olortegui, M. P., Murray-Kolb, L. E., Pendergast, L. L., Lang, D., McCormick, B. J., & Caulfield, L. (2016). High-resolution longitudinal analysis to evaluate the timing, duration, and dynamics of exclusive breastfeeding in the eight MAL-ED sites. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 12, 740-746. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12352.
  9. Oriá, R., Murray-Kolb, L. M., Scharf, R., Pendergast, L. L., Lang, D., Kolling, G., & Guerrant, R. L. (2016). Early life enteric infections: relation between chronic systemic inflammation and poor cognition in children. Nutrition Reviews, 74, 374-386. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw008.
  10. Hindman, A. M., Pendergast, L. L., & *Gooze, R. A. (2016). Exploring the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale: Investigating its factor structure and validity within a Head Start sample. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 366-378. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2016.01.012
  11. Koshy, A. J., Mautone, J. A., Pendergast, L. L., Blum, N. J., & Power, T. J. (2016). Validation of the Behavioral Health Checklist in diverse pediatric primary care settings. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 37, 132-139. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000259.
  12. Lee, G. O., Richard, S., Kang, G., Houpt, E., Seidman, J. C., Pendergast, L. L., Bhutta, Z., Ahmed, T, … and The MAL-ED Network Investigators (2016). A comparison of diarrheal severity scores in the MAL-ED multi-site community based cohort study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 63, 466-473. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001286.
  13. Pendergast, L. L., & Kaplan, A. (2015). Instructional context and student motivation, learning, and development: Commentary and implications for school psychologists. School Psychology International, 36, 638-647. doi: 10.1177/0143034315613560.
  14. Pendergast, L. L., Youngstrom, E. A., *Brown, C., *Jensen, D., Alloy, L. B., & Abramson, L. (2015). Structural invariance of General Behavior Inventory (GBI) scores in Black and White young adults. Psychological Assessment, 27, 21-30. doi: 10.1037/pas0000020.
  15. von der Embse. N., Pendergast, L. L., Kilgus, S. P., Eklund, K. R. (2015). Evaluating the applied use of a mental health screener: Structural validity of the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1265-1275. doi: 10.1037/pas0000253.
  16. Saeki, E., Pendergast, L. L., Segool, N., & von der Embse, N. (2015). Psychosocial and instructional consequences of the Common Core State Standards: Implications for research and practice. Contemporary School Psychology. 19, 89-97. doi: 10.1007/s40688-014-0043-5.
  17. Pendergast, L. L., Vandiver, B. J., Cole, P. M., Schaefer, B. A., Murray-Kolb, L. E., & Christian, P. (2014). Factor structure of scores from the Parent and Teacher Conners’ Rating Scales – Revised among children in Nepal. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, 2, 261-270. doi: 10.1080/21683603.2013.878678.
  18. Pendergast, L. L., Scharf, R. J., Rasmussen, Z. A., Seidman, J. C., Schaefer, B. A., Svensen, E., Tofail, F., Koshy, B., Kosek, M., Rasheed, M. A., Roshan, R., Maphula, A., Shrestha, R., Murray-Kolb, L. E., and the MAL-ED Network Investigators (2014). Post-partum depression across time and place: The structural and temporal invariance of the SRQ-20 among women from multi-site, international MAL-ED study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 167, 178-186. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.05.039.
  19. *Connolly, S.L., *Wagner, C.A., *Shapero, B.G., Pendergast, L.L., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (2014). Rumination prospectively predicts executive functioning impairments in adolescents. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 46-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2013.07.009.
  20. Pendergast, L. L., Youngstrom, E. A., *Merkitch, K., *Moore, K., *Black, C. L., Abramson, L. Y., & Alloy, L. B. (2014).  Differentiating bipolar disorder from unipolar depression and ADHD: The utility of the General Behavior Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 26, 195-206. doi: 10.1037/a0035138.
  21. Adams, A. M., *Shapero, B. G., Pendergast, L. L., & Alloy, L. B. (2014). Self-referent information processing in individuals with bipolar spectrum disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152, 483-490. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.07.039.
  22. Pendergast, L. L., Watkins, M. W., & Canivez, G. L. (2014). Structural and convergent validity of the homework performance questionnaire. Educational Psychology, 34, 291-304. doi:10.1080/01443410.2013.785058.
  23. Pendergast, L. L., & Watkins, M. W. (2009). Development of an electronic version of the Homework Performance Questionnaire. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 40, 323-335. doi: 10.2190/EC.40.3.d.