Madi Phillips, Ph.D., has been working in schools as a school psychologist and professional development consultant since 1995. Dr. Phillips’ work has focused on implementation of multi-tiered service delivery systems (MTSS/RtI) and evidence-based assessment and intervention. Passion for this work began at Heartland Area Education Agency 11 in Johnston, Iowa, where she was employed as a school psychologist in a culturally diverse rural district.
As part of her doctoral program at the University of Oregon, Dr. Phillips worked on a U.S. Department of Education leadership and training grant implementing Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) in a problem-solving model and evaluating Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) implementation in schools. After graduation, she worked on two different RtI grants in Illinois, including the Illinois ASPIRE North grant (under Illinois' previous SPDG). Throughout Dr. Phillips’ school career, she participated in graduate students’ education through supervision of practica and internship school psychology students. She joined the NLU school psychology faculty in 2009 for the opportunity to impact students at the preservice level.
Dr. Phillips’ scholarship and teaching interests include evidence-based assessment and interventions at elementary and secondary levels and tiered service delivery including RtI/MTSS. A practicum component is an important part of her courses so that students have an opportunity to practice new skills in an actual school setting.