Drs. Jeff Howard, Karyl Meister and Franne Sippel

Pictured, left to right: Drs. Jeff Howard, Karyl Meister and Franne Sippel.


ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University faculty members were among the co-authors of a recent scholarly blog piece and journal article based on their research surrounding mandatory reporting.

The article, “Mandatory reporting and the retaliation factor,” was published in the journal, Children and Youth Services Review. The study was conducted by Dr. Franne Sippel of Aberdeen’s Northern Plains Psychological Associates, and Drs. Karyl Meister and Jeff Howard of NSU.
Sippel and Meister also co-authored a blog piece, titled “Direct Reporting Prevents Child Abuse.” The piece appeared on Child USA, a national think tank for child protection.

Howard is Associate Professor of Psychology at NSU, Meister is Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at NSU, and Sippel is a Licensed Psychologist and co-owner of Northern Plains Psychological Associates.

About Northern State University  

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.