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. Please feel free to email the board with general inquiries. Please refer to this document if you have research you would like to disseminate via SASP’s LISTSERV and social media.
Hi there! I’m excited to become the D16 SASP President after spending the past year as President-Elect. I’m a second-year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I also work as a researcher. I completed an undergraduate degree at Kingston University London, and 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. Advocating for equality and fairness is core to who I am; throughout my education and career, I have served on various Diversity & Inclusion committees. I hope to continue improving networking and collaboration opportunities for students across the US, especially for underrepresented and minority students. Please get in touch with me directly if you have questions or issues that you would like to raise. I’m looking forward to continuing my work on the board providing opportunities for students to collaborate, network, and develop their professional skills.
Hello! My name is Jessica Poling and I will serve as the D16 SASP President-Elect this year. I am a first year doctoral student at the University of Connecticut. Connecticut is new territory for me, as I have lived in Michigan for most of my life. My undergraduate coursework was in International Studies, Spanish, and Economics, followed by graduate schooling in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, however I have a passion for working with children and their families, which ultimately led me to school psych. Although I am just beginning my doctoral career, my current research interests include understanding and improving culturally responsive practices in education, improving school experiences for immigrant and foster youth, and working with incarcerated children and parents. During my time in SASP, I hope to develop relationships with school psychology students across the country and do my best to understand the needs and experiences of members in our community. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions, concerns, or comments about SASP or if I can be of assistance to you throughout your graduate studies. If you are ever in New England, I am happy to grab coffee or show you around!
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. I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate 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.
Diversity Affairs Chair
Hi, everyone! I am a third-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 American immigrant communities, culturally-informed school psychology and mental health practices, and anti-racism advocacy in school psychology programs. In my free time, I enjoy bullet journaling, calligraphy, and trying out new recipes. I am so excited to continue to serve on SASP as your Diversity Affairs Chair, and I am more than happy to connect via email with any suggestions or feedback regarding SASP, Division 16, and diversity-related topics. Also, feel free to connect with us and other BIPOC students on the BIPOC Students in School Psychology Facebook group!
Diversity Affairs Chair-Elect
Hello, everyone! I am so excited to serve as your SASP Diversity Affairs Chair-Elect. Currently, I am a first year school psychology doctoral student at University of California, Santa Barbara. Before beginning the doctoral program, I received my Education Specialist Degree (EDS) and Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credentials in School Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. My research interests include examining mental health outcomes in Sikh children who become victims of bullying and harassment and developing appropriate school-based interventions and practices. Furthermore, I am interested in exploring English Language Learner’s representation in Special Education, specifically related to identification and placement. I am more than happy to connect via email with any suggestions or feedback regarding SASP, Division 16, Social Justice, and diversity-related topics.
Student Interest Liaison
Hello all! Thank you all for the opportunity to serve on the SASP board. I’m excited to get to know you all and represent the needs of trainees as the Student Interest Liaison. Previously, I earned my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from American University in Washington, DC in 2017. Prior to starting graduate school, I worked with 5th and 6th grade students with language-based learning disabilities at the Lab School of Washington, DC. Presently, I am a third-year PhD student in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina. My research interests include mentorship for students with learning disabilities and the integration of neuropsychology practices and principles in school settings. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and all things DIY! I am passionate about improving training experiences for graduate students and advocating for needed change, so please reach out with any concerns or ideas related to the graduate student experience.
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!
Hi! I am a “second year” student at University of Iowa. I used quotes because I’ve been a school psychology student for four years. I was an EdS student at Valparaiso University. After earning my M.Ed. in Educational and Psychological Foundations after one year, I transferred into the Ph.D. program at University of Kansas. When I learned the University of Iowa program was reopening, I transferred back home to be close to my family. I currently work as a clinical assessment practicum student and research assistant at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. My research interests involve gifted and twice-exceptional students (gifted students with coexisting disabilities). Currently I am working on two research teams, one which examines the effects of a Talent Identification and Career Exploration curriculum on middle school students and another systematically reviewing literature on twice-exceptional children over the past decade. I am also conducting follow-up extensions on previous survey studies examining the familiarity and experience of pre-service education professionals in working with gifted and twice-exceptional students. In my free time, I love doing karaoke and running an independent Girl Scout troop with my wife for our two daughters. I enjoy conventions and want to make sure the upcoming convention is an excellent opportunity for networking, learning, and enhancing our expertise as future school psychologists.
Hi everyone! I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Temple University in the school psychology program and SASP’s 2022 Editor. 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 going to concerts. I am honored and look forward to continuing to serve SASP and school psychology students as Editor.
Hi everyone! I’m Sam and I am a second-year school psychology Ed.M student at Teachers College, Columbia University and SASP’s 2022 Editor-Elect. I previously received my B.A. in psychology with minors in child advocacy and LGBTQ studies from Montclair State University. Clinically, I am interested in eventually working with sexual and gender minority youth. I am also interested in eventually pursuing research into this population. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and filmgoer. I am honored to be elected and look forward to serving SASP!
Alexandra (Lexie) Mastrangelo
Hello everyone! First and foremost, I wanted to express my excitement to be afforded the opportunity and privilege to have been elected to the SASP board. Currently, I am a second-year Psy.D candidate studying school psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Before matriculating into graduate school, I completed my undergraduate degree at Ursinus College, where I earned Bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Dance Education. To integrate my knowledge and passions for Neuroscience and Psychology, one of my goals is to also pursue a Neuropsychology certification upon graduating from PCOM’s Psy.D program. My research interest includes test anxiety and the effects on executive functioning (EF) processes, specifically on working memory and the attentional system. I am interested in school-based interventions along with various coping mechanisms that have been explored and utilized in the classrooms as well. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going out try new restaurants and exploring new places around the area I live. I am looking forward to serving as a member on the board, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions about the membership process. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone!
Hi everyone! I am honored and excited to serve as your Communications Liaison this year. I am a second-year school psychology doctoral student with a minor in counseling at Indiana University. Prior to becoming a school psychology grad student, I was a third-grade teacher. My desire to collaborate with parents, educators, and communities to provide the best education for all students led me to the field. My research interests include 1) school, family, and community partnerships, 2) teacher consolation, 3) multi-tiered systems of support in schools, and 4) social justice efforts in the field of school psychology. In my free time, I enjoy running, traveling, and spending with family and friends. I am looking forward to working with you all this year, please feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or if you just want to say hi!