David M. Hulac, PhD, NCSP, is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Licensed Psychologist and School Psychologist in the State of Colorado. He is thrilled to work with the board and membership of Division 16 and hopes to further understanding of the ethical challenges inherent in working in a school environment.
With the help and inspiration of his colleagues and students, Dr. Hulac has received teaching, research and service awards including the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Hulac has multiple publications in the areas of classroom behavioral management and in documenting the research that school psychologists have conducted across the past decade. He is coauthor of Behavioral Interventions in Schools: A Response to Intervention Guidebook and Evidence-Based Strategies for Effective Classroom Management.
Dr. Samuel Song, Ph.D. (he, him, they) believes that professional service is a critical way to advance psychology and school psychology in particular. As such, he is excited to lead Division 16 in the realization of APA’s first strategic goal to utilize psychology to make a positive impact on critical societal issues.
Dr. Song is a Professor and directs the School Psychology program in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School Psychology program, completed a professional psychology fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center of the Yale School of Medicine, completed a fellowship in social policy at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy of Yale University, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has practiced school psychology in traditional and alternative settings (e.g., clinic and hospital) and was a licensed psychologist-Health Service Provider in NC.
Dr. Song’s scholarship and research focuses on strategies that promote healthy school cultures and climates for all children–including the “ecological minority”–, restorative justice, and, integrating social justice in the field of school psychology. His programmatic research on school bullying intervention (Protective Peer Ecology Program; PPEco) has been funded in part by a variety of agencies over the years including the Spencer Foundation, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Dr. Song co-edited the first book on social justice and school psychology (Routledge), the first introductory school psychology book that integrates social justice (National Association of School Psychologists), and co-edited the first special issue on restorative justice in school psychology in the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation (JEPC)
Dr. Song was the 2019 recipient of the Division 16’s Jean Baker Mid-Career Award for Service/Practice. He serves on the top journals in school psychology, as Associate Editor of School Psychology Review and editorial board member of School Psychology (APA), and the Journal of School Psychology. He is an active leader in APA and the profession as a member of the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) of APA, Chair of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP), member of the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula Working Group (APA), former member of the Council of Representatives of the APA, and past President of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP).
Dr. Perfect is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Perfect received her doctorate in Educational Psychology (specialization: School Psychology) from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters degree in Psychology from the New York University. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ. Afterward, she completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and in health psychology and biostatistics at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX. She has also taken postdoctoral coursework in psychopharmacology. Her research focuses on the intersection of physical and mental health, with a particular focus on the impact of sleep and pediatric chronic illnesses on school, mental health, and neurobehavioral functioning. Dr. Perfect also engages in research and service activities aimed at addressing the educational and behavioral health needs of youth who have been maltreated or experienced trauma, preparing school psychologists to be competent to provide school and community mental health services to children and families, and to participate in general health promotion (e.g., sleep, obesity prevention, sexual health). In particular, she applies a positive psychology framework that examines resiliency in the face of adversities and mind-body interventions (e.g., Hypnosis, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) that can promote the well-being in children. Dr. Perfect’s teaching interests are in development, early childhood, therapy, evidence-based interventions, and school-community mental health.
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