Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) is the student-led organization of APA’s Division 16: School Psychology. One of the main goals of SASP is to keep graduate students up to date on issues pertaining to school psychology and to encourage participation in activities that will further strengthen this discipline in the future. Email the board.
Aaron D. Haddock
Greetings! I am in my sixth and final year of the PhD program in School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, I am a Doctoral Fellow at the The Consultation Center and the West Haven Mental Health Clinic of the Yale School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department, Division of Prevention and Community Research. Before entering the graduate program at UCSB, I earned an M.A in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice and Educational Leadership, taught fourth grade for several years, and spent a year in Vienna studying at the university and teaching in a local school on a Fulbright scholarship. My research and professional interests focus on consultation; program development, implementation, and evaluation; latent variable modeling; measure construction; social-emotional learning; school-based mental health; academic achievement and engagement; grade retention; and international school psychology. It is an honor to serve as SASP President in 2016. Participating in SASP is an important way for graduate students to contribute to the field at both their university and at the national level. I previously served two terms on the SASP Executive Board as Co-Editor and Editor of SASP’s newsletter, School Psychology: From Science to Practice to Policy. During my term as President, I aim to maintain SASP’s current positive trajectory, enhance its vitality, visibility, and reputation, and further its positive contributions to the science and practice of school psychology. Please feel free to contact me with questions about SASP and to share your ideas.
Greetings fellow SASP members. I am a doctoral student at Fordham University. I am currently interning at a high school in Brooklyn, NY and am completing my dissertation on the experiences of LGBTQ students in Catholic school settings. My research and practice interests include cross-battery assessment, service provision in Catholic school settings, supporting LGBTQ students and working with children from military families. It is an honor to return to the SASP board as Past-President in 2016 after having served as Membership Chair, President-Elect, and President in past year. I look forward to continued opportunities for collaboration with my fellow board members, Div. 16, and local SASP chapter to ensure SASP meets the needs of our members in the coming year. My goals include increasing the value of SASP membership for graduate students, creating additional opportunities for individual and chapter involvement, and increasing member engagement. Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hello, colleagues and friends! I am excited to be a part of the SASP team and look forward to serving as President-Elect! So a little about me: I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the counseling, clinical, and school psychology program at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to UCSB, I obtained a master’s and specialist degree in school psychology from Sacramento State University and practiced as a psychologist and behaviorist in public schools for several years before working as a clinical supervisor overseeing behavioral treatment programs in the private sector. My current research interests include intervention programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and issues related to treatment integrity. My goals for this year are to assist the President and board members in their roles within SASP to achieve the goals of the organization, learn how to lead the SASP board as future president, and continue to promote members’ involvement in SASP and D16. Please contact me if you have any questions about SASP.
Diversity Affairs Chair
Hello SASP members! I am a third year doctoral student at the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to attending the UA, I received a master’s degree in educational psychology and special education from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Texas. While in Houston, I worked as a training supervisor at the only behavioral health center in the city working with adolescents with mild to severe autism. Currently, I work at the UA as a graduate assistant for the Graduate Professional Student Council as the President’s Chief of Staff. Over the years I have been very conscious in engaging in roles and opportunities that allow me to work with minority students and communities to help close the achievement gap through direct service, mentorship, and training. My current research interest include looking at the efficacy of using universal screening measures in the objective identification of students with emotional disturbance and reduce the disproportionate representation of minority students, social/emotional well-being of minority students, and autism spectrum disorder. As diversity affairs chair, my goals are to increase awareness if the field of school psychology among culturally and linguistically diverse populations, increase awareness of the need diversity, cultural sensitivity, and inclusion within the field, and identify authors who can contribute to the literature on multicultural consultation/supervision.
I am currently a second year doctoral student in the pediatric school psychology program at East Carolina University. I earned my undergraduate psychology degree from Penn State University. After graduating, I taught special education for six years in Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, where I was also able to earn a Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College. Currently, I work as a research assistant investigating the relationship between behavior and academics. I am also completing a practicum experience in a rural school district providing consultation and assessment to several schools. My interests in school and pediatric psychology are varied and include physical activity and health topics related to education, home-school-community partnerships, behavioral interventions, and culturally diverse populations. When I’m not busy being a graduate student, I enjoy running, reading, and traveling. My goal as the convention chair is to increase student participation at conferences and collaboration with established practitioners in the field. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for the convention.
Hello, I am very excited to be joining SASP as the Communications Liaison this year. I am currently a fourth year PhD student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to beginning my graduate work at UCSB I taught statistics and still continue to enjoy learning new statistical methods and running various analyses. My research interests include student participation in various bullying behaviors, instrumental versus reactive aggression, social-emotional learning, restorative justice, social capital, and international school psychology. My current fieldwork placement involves working with middle school students with severe emotional disturbances, which has fostered a new interest in how best to serve children in the foster care system. My goal as the Communications Liaison is to enhance accessibility and visibility of SASP activities, publications, announcements, and initiatives. As a globally-mobile individual (having grown up in 5 countries and educated in international schools), I have experienced firsthand the value in maintaining communications and connections.
Hello! I am a first year doctoral student at the University of Minnesota. I received my B.S. in Education & Social Policy from Northwestern University, where I co-founded and co-lead Supplies for Dreams, a non-profit that provides educational enrichment to economically disadvantaged students in Chicago. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a research coordinator studying risk and resilience in homeless and highly mobile children, and spent a year teaching English in France through the Fulbright Scholars program. My research interests include school mental health, social-emotional learning, positive psychological interventions, school climate, and promoting teacher resilience. I am honored to be able to serve on the SASP Executive Board. As your Membership Chair, I look forward to extending the opportunity for involvement with Division 16 and SASP to more graduate students and programs. I also hope to enhance engagement and collaboration among our current chapters and membership base. Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.
Student Interest Liaison
I am so pleased to be joining the SASP Executive Board while in my fourth year in the Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychology doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to beginning my graduate work, I taught special education at the elementary level for several years, fueling my research interests in the social and emotional health of students with learning disabilities. My dissertation examines the psychometrics of an assessment tool designed to assess just that. I am currently completing fieldwork in a classroom for high school students with severe emotional disturbances, adding a new dimension to my practice and research interests. In my term as the StudentInterest Liaison, I hope to continue the fine work of my predecessor in ensuring consistent communication with and the dissemination of relevant information to graduate students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or information for graduate students that you’d like to share far and wide!
Hey there, SASP Members. I’m a third year in the Ph.D. program in school psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I am delighted and honored to serve as the editor-elect for our newsletter, From Science to Practice to Policy (FSPP), this year. I hope to solicit submissions for FSPP from a variety of research areas and institutions, especially encouraging more student submissions. I earned my undergraduate psychology degree from University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in education. After graduating, I gained a variety of experiences in the fields of mental health and education, finally working as a special education instructional aid. After becoming exposed to the field of school psychology, I decided to pursue a career in the field. At UCSB, I work with Dr. Shane Jimerson, conducting research related to promoting prosocial behavior, positive school climate, and social problem-solving skills in elementary school children through a playground intervention implemented by undergraduate students. I’m excited to contribute to our field through my involvement in the SASP executive board, and invite you to contact me with any suggestions, questions, or submissions for FSPP.