Ed. S. School Psychology, Kent State University
M.Ed. School Psychology, Kent State University
M.Ed. Community Counseling, Kent State University
B.S. Criminal Justice, Bowling Green State University
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE & CERTIFICATIONS:
Ohio Licensed School Psychologist, Ohio Board of Psychology, #576
Elementary School Principal License, Ohio Dept. of Ed.
Permanent Licensed School Psychologist, Ohio Dept. of Ed.
Licensed Social Worker, Ohio Counselor & Social Worker Board, #S8160
What Is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education.This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems.
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially,behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
How do School Psychologists make a difference in schools?
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.
- Feel afraid to go to school
- Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
- Lack effective study skills
- Fall behind in their school work
- Lack self-discipline
- Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
- Feel depressed or anxious
- Experiment with drugs and alcohol
- Think about suicide
- Worry about their sexuality
- Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
- Question their aptitudes and abilities
School Psychologists Work With Students to:
- Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
- Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
- Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
- Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds
School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:
- Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
- Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
- Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
- Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
- Make referrals and help coordinate community support services
School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:
- Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
- Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
- Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
- Support effective individualized instruction
- Create positive classroom environments
- Motivate all students to engage in learning