Dr. Megan HutchinsonNationally Certified School PsychologistWhat do school psychologists do?
School psychologists work with students, teachers, and families in many capacities. We assess student strengths and needs related to learning in a variety of ways, work with school teams to determine eligibility and need for special education and gifted services, assist in reinforcing positive behavior in schools, guide problem solving skills through consultation with other educational professionals, collaborate with teachers, administrators, and family members to increase student success.
I am a Pennsylvania and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Applied Developmental Psychology. Then, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania for my master’s degree in education, my certification in school psychology, and my doctorate in education. I have been working for the State College Area School District since 2011. I currently work at Spring Creek Elementary School (K-5).
I work collaboratively with the staff and fulfill a variety of roles to improve overall student academic performance and social/emotional/behavioral well-being and skills. I consult within our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for academics and behavior (MTSS), which provide indirect and direct support to all students in our school. I also work directly with students individually or in small groups to improve social skills and behaviors that increase academic success in the classroom. Facilitating multidisciplinary team evaluations for students referred for special education and gifted support services is part of my role, as well.