Previous psychotherapist at Professional Psychiatric Services
West Chester, OH
Private practice working with children, adolescents and adults. Recently left this practice.
August 2013 to Present
working in private school for students in K -8th grade who are identified as having specific learning disabilities or diagnosed with ADHD. Duties involve individual and small group counseling with students in the primary and upper grades to assist with academics and social concerns. Role involves partnering with parents, teachers, administrators and school team to provide interventions and problem solve for student success. Additionally, psycho-educational assessments conducted to assist with IEPs and ADHD diagnoses.
October 2007 to Present
Online instructor for multiple graduate and undergraduate courses in Psychology.
2004 to Present
Lakeview, Tumbleweed, Acacia and Maryland Elementary Schools. Provided special education services to kindergarten through eighth grade students. Duties primarily related to identification and evaluation of students for special education. Also, provided counseling services, both individually and in small groups. Role required working as a team member and leader for both the special education and regular education staff by conducting and participating in meetings, trainings and development and implementation of IEPs and Section 504 Plans. Maintained frequent communication with parents, teachers, administration and psychologists as part of duties. Also, worked at the preschool assessment center (Search to Serve), conducting screenings and assessments for children ages two to six years of age. Duties included individual assessments, family education, development of IEPs, attendance at MDC/MET meetings, observations, transition services for children transitioning to kindergarten, multidisciplinary report writing and Child Find. Caseload consisted of 230 children/year.
August 2004 to June 2014
1008, 1391 and 388.
August 2008 to June 2013
Practicum Supervisor for students in the School Psychology program.
October 1998 to June 2013
August 2004 to 2011
August 2008 to August 2009
Practicum supervisor for School Counseling program.
Part-time instructor for graduate courses in Educational Psychology- specifically Grief and Trauma and Personality Theories.
January 2006 to October 2008
Postdoctoral residency under the supervision of Drs. Larry Pristo Sally Logerquist, Joel Hanania, Shelley Pelletier, conducted in a large public school setting. Duties include those typical to a school psychologist such as case management, individual assessment, evaluation, intervention, staff in-service and therapy. Caseload divided between two schools (one elementary and one junior high), servicing over 1500 students.
August 2000 to July 2007
May 2005 to May 2006
July 2003 to June 2004
Gifted Education Track
1413 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
APA (American Psychological Association) approved one-year doctoral internship with public school district. District services children from preschool through high school at seventy-five different schools and trains six interns per year. Duties of internship included comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational initial and triennial evaluations and group and individual therapy with students ranging in age from 18 months to 19 years. Interns also serve on Student Support Teams and Special Education Committees, participate in staff consultation, offer crisis intervention services, and provide staff and parent trainings. Duties in the Gifted Education Track involved all individual assessments to children throughout the district applying for gifted services, participation on the gifted eligibility committee, holding in-services at the gifted magnet schools, assessment of all special education children at the gifted magnet schools and providing therapy with students as needed at the gifted magnet schools. Typical schedule consisted of: one week day spent at the gifted magnet elementary school, one day at the gifted magnet middle school, one day at Title I elementary school as school psychologist, one day at the preschool assessment center, and one day at the alternative high school for behaviorally disordered students. Internship offered two weekly hours of didactics in areas relating to school and clinical psychology, two weekly hours of group supervision and one weekly hour of individual supervision.
1998 to 2003
for pre-K to 6th grade and MIMR population. Provided direct counseling (play therapy and small group therapy) to population of 1250 children and their families. Typical case load consisted of 65 students. Assisted with school-wide discipline policy, handling parent-teacher contact, assisting with suspensions and expulsions and coordinating threat assessments. Worked as a liaison between school and law enforcement including coordinating all Child Protective Services reports and heading the crisis response team. Taught classroom violence prevention and social skills curriculum school-wide. Offered support services to staff and parents including: behavior modification, classroom management, crisis management, food and clothing assistance, and parenting classes (Incredible Years). Provided social work services, community outreach, staff development and training, referral services, networking, grant writing, committee membership, and administrative duties. Wrote and administered grants, facilitated Wake-Up Club, Peer Mediation and CHAMPS prevention program. Worked with a culturally diverse population of students specifically in regards to Hispanic and refugee children. Student population of low SES backgrounds with high levels of substance abuse, transiency and incarceration among their families. Title I and full free lunch school.
August 2001 to September 2002
Second doctoral practicum under the supervision of ADJC Psychologist. Duties included individual therapy utilizing cognitive behavioral and family systems approach; co-facilitating group therapy and psycho-educational groups, clinical staffings and trainings in Seven Challenges curriculum. All services provided at female juvenile detention center with youths between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. Population consisted of ethnically and socio-economically diverse youths with histories of victimization, criminal behavior, substance abuse, gang involvement, violence, trauma and mental illness. Girls were incarcerated for a minimum sentence of six months and required to achieve highest behavioral level in order to be transitioned back into the community. Caseload consisted of sixteen girls from the long-term, violent offenders unit.
September 2000 to June 2001
Doctoral practicum under the supervision of the School Psychologist. Duties included case management, assessment administration, scoring, interpretation, analysis, report writing, and team and parental meetings. All services provided to assist in identifying and determining and maintaining special education services for students in fourth through sixth grades. Diagnoses typically included Mental Retardation and Learning Disabled. Many clients also diagnosed with attention and mood disorders. Clientele consisted of a diverse population, predominantly of Hispanic origin. Low SES in addition to parents suffering from addictions and incarceration. Experiences also included assisting administration with teaching, discipline, staff support and education, and observations of both students and School Psychologist all in a multidisciplinary context. Tests administered: WISC-III, CTONI, VMI, BVMGT, WJ-R, DAP, HTP, WIAT, WRAML, Conner’s, CBCL, TRS, PPVT and BASC.
July 1997 to 2000
Approved Presenter of Parent Information Program.
July 1997 to September 1999
providing individual, marriage, family, and child/adolescent therapy on a fee-for-service basis. Also conducted court-ordered classes via Conciliation Services for Maricopa County on the effects of divorce and separation on children.
July 1996 to October 1998
providing school-based services in three elementary schools in the WESD, under the hospice of a prevention grant funded by ComCare. Worked with “at-risk” children ages three to fourteen providing direct counseling (individual, group, and family), crisis intervention, social skills training, and implementing classroom prevention curriculum. Developed, designed, and implemented P.E.E.R.S. program. Duties also included parent/teacher training, grant writing and administration, program research and analysis.
November 1994 to June 1996
Psychotherapy practicum completed with elementary school-aged children in a public school setting. Conducted individual play therapy and group therapy with children ranging in age from five to ten. Experience included: sand tray, art therapy, bibliotherapy, guided imagery, therapeutic metaphors, non-directive play, social skills, and crisis intervention. Worked at four different schools as a Counseling Assistant and Social Work Intern. Utilized family systems approach and community outreach and referrals. Supervised by community mental health agency and under the direct supervision of Certified Independent Social Worker. Specifically placed at: Culverdale, University Park, Westwood Basics Plus, and Woodbridge.
PROFESSIONAL/ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
June 1994 to January 1996
with the developmentally disabled population including children and adults, providing crisis intervention services. Dealt specifically with autism, aggressive/assaultive behaviors, and in-home parent-skills training.
June 1994 to October 1994
with geriatric patients in home health care. Case management and therapy services provided to the elderly in Los Angeles/Orange Counties including Anaheim, Santa Ana, Compton and Wotts.
January 1994 to July 1994
in private, alternative special education school. Worked in junior high classroom with students suffering from severe mental health issues and chronic behavioral concerns.
January 1994 to June 1994
in several group homes for children ages 7 to 17 who were victims of severe abuse and neglect.
July 1993 to December 1993
in private, special education center for children with severe behavioral/emotional disorders in grades K-12. Full range of duties performed.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
September 1998 to June 2004
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
September 1998 to June 2001
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
January 1994 to December 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
August 1990 to May 1993
September 1989 to May 1990
Licensed School Psychologist
August 2013 to October 2018
Ohio Department of Education Pupil Services Licensed School Psychologist