Leadership

President Lea A. Theodore, PhD

theodore_tcm12-191141As a professor of school psychology and a licensed psychologist, Lea A. Theodore, PhD, has focused her scholarship on effectively bridging the gap between research and practice to improve the academic, social and emotional adjustment/functioning of all individuals, with the long-term goal of improving overall levels of subjective well-being. Her research focuses on the development of effective and efficient intervention strategies to improve students’ academic and behavioral functioning. Theodore is very interested in evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents, which have been shown to enhance and augment children’s global functioning. She is currently editing a handbook entitled, “The Handbook of Applied Interventions for Children and Adolescents,” scheduled to be published by Springer Publishing Company in summer 2016. Theodore also maintains a private practice, serving children and families, while also consulting with school districts.

Theodore is active in Div. 16 of the American Psychological Association (APA), for which she has served as division co-chair and chair of the APA annual convention hospitality suite, co-chair and chair of the division’s annual convention program and as a member of the Conversation Series Committee. She extended her contributions to APA in nationally elected positions, including president of Div. 16 (2015-2017), vice president of professional affairs (2009-2011) and vice president of Div. 16 membership (2006-2008). Further, Theodore served as associate editor for School Psychology Quarterly, the APA representative to the Public Interest (PI) Directorate network and the division’s representative to co-write the 2012 school psychology petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) within APA. As an advocate for mental health services for children and families, Theodore lobbied legislators on Capitol Hill for the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act.

Past President James C. DiPerna, PhD

DiPerna_tcm12-183365James C. DiPerna, PhD, is a faculty member in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. DiPerna has served in a number of leadership roles during the past decade including director of Penn State’s school psychology doctoral program (2007-14), associate editor of School Psychology Review (2006-10) and Div. 16 vice president for convention affairs & public relations (2010-13). His primary teaching and research interests focus on evidence-based approaches to assessing and promoting students’ social, emotional and academic competence in Pre-K through secondary settings.

Vice Presidents & Officers

Vice President for Convention Affairs & Public Relations (VP-CAPR) (2014-16)
Robin Codding
University of Massachusetts Boston
College of Education and Human Development
2-174 Wheatley Hall
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: (617) 287-7613

Vice President for Education, Training, & Scientific Affairs (VP-ETSA) (2014-16)
Cathy Fiorello
School Psychology Program, POLS
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., RA-269
Philadelphia, PA  19122-6091
Telephone: (215) 204-6254
Fax: (215) 204-6013

Vice President for Membership (2015-17)
Amy Briesch
Northeastern University
Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
415 International Village
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: (617) 373-8291

Vice President for Professional Affairs (VP-PA) (2015-17)
Michelle Athanasiou
Department of School Psychology
C.B. 131, McKee 297
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Telephone: (970) 351-2356
Fax: (970) 351-2625

Vice President of Publications and Communication (VP-PC) (2016-18)
Michelle Perfect
University of Arizona
College of Education
1430 E. Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Telephone: (520) 626-1128

Vice President for Social, Ethical, and Ethnic Minority Affairs (VP-SEREMA) (2016-18)
Yadira Sánchez
Academia Maria Reina
1879 Ave Glasgow
Urb. College Park
San Juan, PR 00921
Telephone: (787) 764-0690
Fax: (787) 282-7556

Secretary (2016-18)
Prerna Arora
Pace University
Department of Psychology
41 Park Row, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: (212) 346-1434

Treasurer (2014-16)
Mark D. Terjesen
St. John’s University
Department of Psychology
Marillac Hall, SB36F
Queens Campus
Telephone: (718) 990-5860
Fax: (718) 990-5926

Council Representatives

Tammy Hughes (2014-16)
Duquesne University
Counseling, Psychology & Special Education
102C Canevin Hall
Telephone: (412) 396-5191

Bonnie K. Nastasi (2016-18)
Tulane University
Department of Psychology
2007 Percival Stern Hall
6400 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70018
Telephone: (504) 432-8632

Samuel Y. Song (2016-18)
Seattle University
College of Education
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone: (206) 398-4585