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I just became a doctoral candidate in school psychology! I attend an APA accredited program and am applying for internships this year and writing my dissertation. I have a masters in educational psychology (school psychology=/=educational psychology). Lastly, I have learning disability (dysgraphia). I like to get it out there to show people with LD's that we can be successful in higher ed because there are just not many school psychologists, in the field most tasked with identifying learning disabilities, with a learning disability. And I do hope this changes :)

School psychology is the sweet spot between educational psychology (e.g., academic, research oriented, unable to attain licensure and do therapy and what not) and clinical psychology (much more practice oriented).

I have two major areas of research interest: screeners and pediatric school psychology. Screeners are short and efficient behavior rating scales that are filled out by the teachers and parents of students in hopes of identifying students mental health difficulties. However, a lot of children with these challenges go unnoticed. A question that might be on a screener is: how often does this child sit alone during recess? sometimes, always, never? To best meet this challenge, a screener should be given to everyone at a school. Hence, the need for them to be short and efficient. However, this makes dirty (increased error) and reducing the dirt is the goal of my research. The goal of screening is to identify and get people help before their challenges (1) turn into full fledged mental illness or (2) causes substantial and avoidable impairment. My next research interest is pediatric school psychology. I am currently a RA on study examining the impact of a pediatric chronic illness and school. Hopefully, we can minimize the impact of illness on learning outcomes.

On the practitioner side of things, interests involve the assessment of individuals with LD (and all learning difficulties, really), therapy, and helping people learn and become whole human beings.

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