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.
Hi there! I am so excited for the privilege to continue to serve on SASP this year after having served as Diversity Affairs Chair and President-Elect. I am a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Arizona minoring in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. My research interests include 1) understanding newcomer immigrant student experiences and adjustment and applying a social justice lens throughout the school psychology practice, 2) understanding and improving the lived experiences of minoritized graduate students in School Psychology, and 3) utilizing a Critical Race Theory lens for examining classroom- and systems-level practices in schools. In my free time, I enjoy practicing/learning languages, traveling, acro-yoga, rock-climbing, hiking, snowboarding, reading, writing poetry, and crafting. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for how SASP can improve its services for students in D16.
Hello everyone! I am a fifth-year school psychology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). I am currently completing my pre-doctoral internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha, NE, where I am working on a team that is implementing school mental health systems and services. In the later half of 2021, you will find me completing a postdoctoral fellowship. My goals for the field and my clinical/research career include increasing equitable access to mental health services. In my free time, I am an avid podcast and Netflix consumer and hiking enthusiast. I look forward to serving on the SASP Executive Board for one final year as Past President. Please reach out to me if you would like to discuss SASP’s mission, goals, and how we can best serve your chapter and program.
Hello to everybody! First and foremost, I’m incredibly honoured and thrilled to have been elected to the SASP board. I’m a first-year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I also work as a researcher. I completed my undergraduate degree at Kingston University London, and a master’s at the Institute of Education (University College London). Following my degree, I spent time as a researcher at King’s College London & the University of Surrey before moving to the USA in 2017. Advocating for equality and fairness is core to who I am; throughout my education and career, I have served on various Diversity & Inclusion committees. During my time on the board, I aim to improve networking and collaboration opportunities for students across the US. I intend to create opportunities for those who may find themselves as ‘the only’ at their program by developing networking groups for underrepresented and minority students. Finally, I welcome you to get in touch with me directly if you have questions or issues which you would like to raise. I’m looking forward to working together with the board improving outreach and supporting students’ rights to speak up and speak out to drive positive change.
Diversity Affairs Chair
Hello! This is my second year serving as the Diversity Affairs Chair for SASP. I am currently a fourth-year doctoral student at Lehigh University in the school psychology program. I am pursuing a subspecialization in pediatric health and attaining my Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. My research interests include ethnic-racial socialization, culturally responsive applied behavior analysis, and supporting children with special healthcare needs in psychological and educational contexts. As a bilingual-bicultural scholar, I have assisted in qualitative and quantitative research connected to themes of social inequities, supporting disadvantaged children and families, and identifying areas of improvement to impact the ways larger systems deliver educational, psychological, and health services to underserved communities. I’d be happy to connect via email with any suggestions or feedback regarding SASP, social justice, and diversity-related topics.
Diversity Affairs Chair-Elect
Hi, everyone! I am a second-year school psychology doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before attending graduate school, I received my B.A. in psychology and rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Richmond. My research interests include Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth mental health, with a particular focus on Asian immigrant communities; culturally-informed school psychology practices; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in school psychology. I am so excited to serve as your SASP Diversity Affairs Chair-Elect, and I am more than happy to connect via email with any suggestions or feedback regarding SASP, Division 16, and diversity-related topics.
Student Interest Liaison
My name is Sarah Edwards. I appreciate the opportunity to serve SASP this year as the Student Interest Liaison. Currently, I am a third-year Psy.D. candidate studying school psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I am also a co-owner of a business that focuses on providing professional development opportunities for the education sector. I previously received my B.A. in Sociology with minors in Legal Studies and Psychology from Columbia College in 2014. My research interests are in using social justice tenets to increase advocacy among minoritized families of children with disabilities, and the use of consultation in order to decrease the disproportionality of minoritized students in special education programs. I am the proud mother of a free-range three-year-old. In my free time I spend time with my partner and family, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and introducing my son to new experiences. If you have any suggestions as to how best to improve the graduate school experience, please feel free to contact me.
Hey there, my name is Shuzi and I am a third-year doctoral student in school psychology at UW-Madison. Before joining UW, I studied at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York where I worked on creative thinking and developmental psychopathology for my master’s degree. My research interests include research, practice, and service support for the ASD community, especially those with diverse gender identities. I am also interested in Asian representation issues in special education. I am honored to serve as the SASP convention chair this year. My goal this year is to expand and extend research and connecting opportunities to current and emerging graduate students in the field of school psychology. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or if you just want to say hi! I look forward to supporting you in any way I can in this unique time of ours.
Hi everyone! I am very excited to serve as the Convention-Chair elect for the current year! I am a fifth year candidate in the school psychology program at the University of Houston! Prior to the PhD program, I completed a B.A. in psychology and M.Ed./Ed.S. in school psychology all at the University of Missouri. I then went on to work as a school psychologist in a Houston-area school district. My interest in research, desire for more career opportunities, and commitment to lifelong learning led me back to graduate school. My research interests include cultural humility in school psychology, multicultural training and supervision, and behavioral health disparities and cultural factors particularly in autism spectrum disorder. I am currently investigating the ways that Black parents prepare their child with ASD for police interactions. I look forward to being an active member on the board and providing ways to support and elevate student voices. Please feel free to reach out and I hope to meet many of you at convention!
Hello! I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and SASP’s 2020 Editor. Before entering graduate school, I completed undergraduate studies in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies at UW-Madison. My research interests center on promoting evidence-based practice in social, emotional, and behavioral domains among the natural treatment agents (like parents and teachers) of youth in secondary schools. Before and during graduate school, I have been a preschool teacher, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for youth in the foster care system, a behavioral consultant, and an educational technology developer and researcher, among other roles. I am looking forward to serving SASP and student researchers through The Student Corner!
Hi everyone! I am a third-year Ph.D. student at Temple University in the school psychology program and SASP’s 2021 Editor-Elect. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Outside of my role in SASP, I also serve as the NASP Social Justice Interest Group Co-Chair and on the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team. Clinically, I am interested in working with children with autism and youth in juvenile detention. My main research interest is the school to prison pipeline for children with autism and alternatives to harsh disciplinary practices in schools that push children out of classrooms and into the justice system. I am currently Executive Director of a non-profit I co-founded, Stocking Hope, and in my free time, enjoy tennis, yoga, and Zumba. I am honored and look forward to serving SASP and school psychology students as Editor-Elect.
Hi everyone! First and foremost, I am honored to serve as your membership chair this year. I am a third-year school psychology doctoral student at The Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to becoming a school psychology student, I obtained my master’s degree in Counselor Education from OSU (2012) and worked as an elementary school counselor for five years in the largest urban district in Ohio. It was during this time in my collaboration with school psychologists that I was drawn to the field and inspired to pursue this profession. While in graduate school, I have been working in the private practice setting as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Behavioral Consultant working with children ages 3-17 with various mental health diagnoses and developmental disabilities. My research interests are two-fold. I am interested in interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment for children with ASD and severe emotional and behavioral concerns, particularly for children in large urban schools. I am also interested in transforming the role of the school psychologist and preventing burnout in large urban districts. When I’m not focused on work and school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our four “fur babies”, traveling with friends, and running. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions about the membership process. I look forward to working with you!
Hi! My name is Ivette Merced. I am looking forward to serving as the Communications Liaison this year. I am a third-year doctoral student at the University of Arizona, minoring in Neuropsychology. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California with a minor in forensics and criminality. While at USC I focused on gang and violence reduction research. This research allowed me opportunities to work with the Mayor’s office Gang Reduction and Youth Development Team and the Los Angeles Police Department. Our USC team created, scored, and analyzed the scales that were being used in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles gang intervention work. Our USC team also traveled to Jamaica to work with the Jamaican Governments National Security Team. Preceding my studies at the University of Arizona, I earned my first master’s degree in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I focused on refugee and immigrant mental health, clinical assessment, and adult psychopathology. While attending Columbia, I served as an intern for the United Nations/APA team where we focused on promoting psychology at the international level. After I completed my studies at Columbia, I earned a second master’s degree and educational specialist degree at Chapman University. My research interests include 1) immigrant and refugee mental health, clinical assessment and developmental psychopathology; 2) multicultural and bilingual supervision in school psychology; and 3) bilingual practice in school psychology. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and playing tennis. I am excited to be working with all of you this year!