Randy G. Floyd, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor

Psychology Building, Room 202
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Randy G. Floyd, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • M.Ed., Indiana State University
  • B.A., Hendrix College

 Research Interests

  • Assessment of Cognitive Abilities and Academic Achievement in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing 
  • The Process of Professional Publication

Selected Books

Selected Journal Articles

  • Floyd, R. G., *Fitzpatrick, S. A., McNicholas, P. J., & *Pike, N. A. (2023). A bibliometric and content analysis of Best Practices in School Psychology. School Psychology. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000546 
  • *Huenergarde, M. C., Floyd, R. G., & Harris, B. (2023). Current nationwide practices in U.S. test accommodations for active bilingual learners/users of English (ABLE) students. Bilingual Research Journal, 45 (3-4), 380-400. https://doi.org/10.1080/15235882.2022.2155885 
  • *Fitzpatrick, S. A., Floyd, R. G., & *Pursley, E. C. (2023). Women’s representation on journal editorial boards in school psychology across 55 years. School Psychology, 38(5), 319–329. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000541 
  • *Singh, L. J., & Floyd, R. G. (2022). The generalizability of executive function ratings across dimensions and parent and self-reports in a school-based adolescent sample. Contemporary School Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-022-00436-2 
  • Bergeron, R.,Floyd, R. G., *McNicholas, P. J., & Farmer, R. L. (2022). Assessment of intellectual disability with the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition: Analysis of part score profiles and diagnostic outcomes. School Psychology Review.https://doi.org/10.1080/2372966X.2022.2094284 
  • *McNicholas, P. J., Floyd, R. G.,*Fennimore, L. E., & *Fitzpatrick, S. A. (2022). Determining journal article citation classics in school psychology: An updated bibliometric analysis using Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. Journal of School Psychology, 90, 94–113. 
  • Floyd, R. G., *Lewis, E. K., *Walker, K. A., *McNicholas, P. J., & *Jones, K. L. (2022). A historical review and analysis of impact factors across school psychology journals from 1977 to 2019. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 37, 139–159. 
  • *Woods, I. L., Niileksela, C. R., &Floyd, R. G. (2021). Do Cattell-Horn-Carroll cognitive abilities predict reading achievement similarly for Black children as for other racial/ethnic groups? Contemporary School Psychology, 25, 183–199. 
  •  *McNulty, R. J., & Floyd, R. G.(2021). What does the Detroit Tests of Learning Abilities, Fifth Edition measure? Revelations from a hierarchical exploratory factor analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 58, 1474–1489. 
  • Farmer, R. L., Floyd, R. G., & *McNicholas, P. J. (2021). Is the Vineland-3 Comprehensive Interview Form a multidimensional or unidimensional scale? Structural analysis of subdomain scores across early childhood to adulthood.  Assessment, 28, 1848–1864. 

Selected Service

Dr. Floyd is committed to understanding and addressing issues of human diversity and their impact. He is a member of the Department of Psychology's Diversity Committee, contributes to the department's Welcoming Diversity Forum, and serves to support several diversity initiatives associated with the Society for the Study of School Psychology and across campus. 

Dr. Floyd was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of School Psychology from 2011 through 2014 and continues his service to this journal as Consulting Editor. Dr. Floyd currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, School Psychology International, and School Psychology Training and Pedagogy. 

Selected Honors

At the national level, Dr. Floyd is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Division 16 (Division of School Psychology) and an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
At the university level, Dr. Floyd has received the University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award and been honored with the Department of Psychology Graduate Student Coordinating Committee Outstanding Mentoring Award three times. 

Courses Taught

Dr. Floyd has taught an array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. These courses generally focus on measurement and psychological assessment practices and research methods applied to the behaviors, cognitions, and emotions of children and adolescents and their families. These courses include the following: 

  • PSYC 7207/8207 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 7304/8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics
  • PSYC 7803/8803 Psychoeductional Assessment I: Cognitive and Achievement Assessment
  • PSYC 7804/8804 Psychoeducational Assessment II: Behavioral and Emotional Assessment
  • PSYC 7614/8614 Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment
  • PSYC 4020 Abnormal Child Psychology
  • PSYC 3010 Research and Statistics I

Learn more about the University of Memphis School Psychology Programs here.