Professsional Experiences and Interests:
I began my undergraduate training at Penn State University, and obtained my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies in 2002, with a minor in Psychology. I then continued at Penn State University and earned my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology, and graduated from Penn State’s School Psychology program in 2007. Following graduation, I worked for several years as a school psychologist in the Mifflin County School District. I have been working as a school psychologist in the State College Area School District since May 2009. I became licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania in June 2012. In addition to working in SCASD, I also provide supervision to graduate level school psychology students at the Penn State University, as well as supervising pre-doctoral interns during their final internship experience.
I am currently working as a school psychologist at Park Forest Middle School. I work collaboratively with staff to deliver interventions to struggling students, complete psychoeducational evaluations for special education and gifted eligibility, and to provide consultation to staff and parents. In addition, I serve on various school teams, such as the Multi-Tiered System of Support Team (student support team), the Student Assistance Program, Traumatic Events, and Threat Assessment. I am a member of the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Team at Park Forest Middle School, as well. My interests include providing research-based intervention for students struggling with social-emotional and behavioral concerns, systems-level change, and school-based consultation. I am certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and trained in Safety Care, which is a crisis prevention and intervention program.