Maryellen Brunson McClain

Associate Professor; Director, Learning and Developmental Evaluation Clinic

Counseling and Educational Psychology; Learning and Developmental Evaluation Clinic
Academic Programs:
School Psychology
Research Areas:
autism, neurodevelopmental disabilities, psychological assessment, interprofessional and interagency (school-medical) collaboration, culturally responsive identification, training/professional issues
ED 4058
Curriculum Vitae

About Me

Dr. McClain is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program and is the School Psychology PhD Program Director. She is a licensed psychologist in the states of Indiana and Utah and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). She earned her PhD in School Psychology from Indiana University (2015). Dr. McClain completed an APPIC-accredited/APA-approved psychology internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. She continued her training in Memphis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities at the Center on Developmental Disabilities at UTHSC. Prior to joining the IU School Psychology Program, Dr. McClain was an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at Utah State University. 

Dr. McClain’s expertise and research interests are in the areas of assessment and identification of autism and related neurodevelopmental (ND) disabilities, culturally responsive autism/ND assessment practices, interdisciplinary and interagency (school-medical) collaboration, global school psychology efforts, and training/professional issues in school psychology and allied disciplines. She is the director of the Autism & Neurodiversity Lab. Dr. McClain teaches courses focused on theories of intelligence and cognitive assessment, psychological and psychoeducational assessment, and autism assessment.

Dr. McClain also has a strong commitment to clinical teaching and training; she directs and supervises students in the Learning and Developmental Evaluation Clinic (LDEC).

Dr. McClain is accepting applications for a doctoral student for the 2024-25 academic year. When applying, please indicate in your personal statement your interest in working with Dr. McClain and how your research interests align.

Back to top