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The origins of the TASP are like those of many state associations.  As early as 1960, a Committee on the Tennessee School Psychologist met to discuss the general problems of school psychological services.  The first state organization, Tennessee Association for Psychology in the Schools (TAPS), was not established until 1970, holding its first convention in Nashville in spring of 1971.  Leon Lebovitz served as its first president in 1971-1972.  As in many states, TAPS emerged from the efforts of persons affiliated with the state psychological association, TPA.  The varied backgrounds and service interests of the founding members influenced the decision to call the association the Tennessee Association for Psychology in the Schools.  In 1982 the membership chose to change the name to Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP), a reflection of the purification of training, credentialing, and practitioner identity in Tennessee and the associations' formal affiliation with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1974 (first listed as such in NASP’s 1976 membership directory).  - Tom Fagan, PhD



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