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SASP Leadership

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.

Rondy Yu

Rondy Yu

President

Hello, colleagues and friends! A little about me: I am in my final year as a PhD student in the counseling, clinical, and school psychology program at UC Santa Barbara. Currently, I serve as a mental health specialist and predoctoral intern for Santa Barbara County SELPA. 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. I have a strong interest in examining the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with a range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. My current work is focused on intervention programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and issues related to treatment integrity. I look forward to serving you this year as President. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for SASP.

Email: rondy@education.ucsb.edu

 

Aaron D. Haddock

Aaron D. Haddock

Past-President

Greetings! I am in my final year of the PhD program in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, I am a Doctoral Fellow in the Psychiatry Department at the Yale School of Medicine. Before entering the graduate program at UCSB, I earned a 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; social-emotional learning; school-based mental health; academic achievement and engagement; grade retention; international school psychology; latent variable modeling; and measure construction. It is an honor to serve as SASP Past-President and Editor of From Science to Practice and Policy in 2017.

Email: aaron.haddock@yale.edu

 

Aria Fiat

Aria Fiat

President-Elect

Hello! I am a second 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 President-Elect, I look forward to helping grow SASP’s organizational capacity and to enriching opportunities for student involvement within Division 16 and SASP. Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Email: aefiat@uwm.edu

Asha Unni

Asha Unni

Diversity Affairs Chair

Hello, SASP friends! I am in my second year of the School Psychology PhD program at Texas A&M University. I completed my undergraduate career at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, where I was a research assistant in a lab that focused on comparisons of peer and sibling relationships among children. After that, I spent two years as a research assistant in the Kennedy Neuroimaging of Aging and Cognition Lab at the Center for Vital Longevity at UT Dallas. I am currently completing a therapy practicum in community health clinic to serve at-risk populations. My research interests include issues pertaining to ethnic minority populations (and also specifically South Asian populations), such as ethnic identity, acculturation, and racial and gender biases. I am very excited to serve on the SASP executive board this year! As your Diversity Affairs Chair, I look forward to recruiting individuals from diverse backgrounds for the Diversity Mentorship program, as well as the Diversity Scholarship program. I also hope to reach out to other diverse organizations in effort to collaborate across fields and raise awareness of school psychology and SASP as a whole. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions, questions, or concerns!

Email: aunni@tamu.edu

 

Maribeth Wicoff

Maribeth Wicoff

Convention Chair

I am excited to continue to serve as the Convention Chair for SASP. I am currently a fourth 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. 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.

Email: wicoffm13@students.ecu.edu

Amanda Hanrahan

Amanda Hanrahan

Communication Liaison

Hello Everyone! I am a third year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While I am originally from the Milwaukee area, I went to West Virginia University (WVU) for undergrad and received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Forensic and Investigative Sciences. It was during my time at WVU that I fell in love with Psychology and leadership while being the President of our Psi Chi, Psychology Club, and suicide prevention group. Prior to graduate school, I taught K4-4th grade science at a charter school and worked at a local community resource, referral, and crisis hot line. Now in graduate school, I have spent majority of my time working in Milwaukee Public schools at traditional schools of all levels, alternative high school, and contracted behavioral reassignment school. I aspire to become a school psychology professor with my main research being on trauma in schools, trauma intervention, and early identification of side effects from trauma. Outside of school, I love to travel, enjoying running, and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to working as the communication liaison because I strongly believe that timely and frequent communication are keys to success. By the end of 2017 I hope to be communicating more effectively and frequently with all SASP members and chapters! If you have any communication tips, suggestions, or questions please feel free to contact me!

Email: hanrah33@uwm.edu

Courtney Darr

Courtney Darr

Membership Chair

Hello SASP members! I am thrilled to be serving as the Membership Chair this year! I am currently a third year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Michigan State University.  Prior to attending MSU, I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Oregon State University. My research interests focus on the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs that support children’s mental and behavioral health.  I am particularly interested in early prevention, identification, and intervention for childhood anxiety disorders, such as selective mutism.  As Membership Chair, I look forward to extending the opportunity to become involved with Division 16 and SASP to more graduate students and program.  I also look forward to increase opportunities for engagement and collaboration across our current chapters and membership base.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns that you may have about SASP membership!

Email: darrcour@msu.edu

 

Jordan Thayer

Jordan Thayer

Student Interest Liaison

Hello! It is a pleasure to be a part of SASP this year. I hope to improve communication between chapters so that SASP as a united student organization can develop into a prominent and influential entity. In addition, I believe students are a wonderful source of information and ideas, and want to work towards increasing membership engagement and activity. Please feel free to contact me with questions about SASP and to share your ideas about how we can better advocate for school psychology students across the country. A little about myself: I am in my 3rd of the PhD program in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and currently sit as the co-President of our local student association. Prior to starting my journey in graduate school, I earned my B.A. from Black Hills State Univeristy in South Dakota, where I majored in psychology with an emphasis actually in Industrial/Organizational and minored in music. I spent the next two years in a combination of working, teaching, and studying education policy before I decided to turn my attention towards helping youth in schools. My research and professional interests include improving behavior problems, particularly those resulting from a lack of engagement and motivation; understanding this thing we call “motivation”; low-cost intervention development and implementation, particularly for students with comorbid academic and behavior problems; administrators’ roles in implementation; policy advocacy; and international school psychology. When not focused on work, I enjoy spending my free time working out, playing with my old and loveable collie, exploring the Twin Cities, and spending time with close friends.

Email: thaye053@umn.edu

James Geiger

James Geiger

Editor-Elect

Greetings!  I’m James Geiger, a third year student in the doctoral school psychology program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I’m enjoying all that Arizona has to offer! My research interests broadly include working with adolescents and their teachers to provide the most supportive middle-school environment possible.  Specifically, this involves two current projects: one investigating the expectations that middle-school students have of their teachers to develop age-specific classroom management strategies; the second investigating the relationship between classroom behavior and momentary glucose variability in adolescent students with type-one diabetes.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and cycling with my fiancée and our Corgi! I look forward to serving you over the next year as your editor-elect.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or article submissions for our division’s student publication!

Email: jamesgeiger@email.arizona.edu