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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.

Aria Fiat

Aria Fiat

President

Hello! I am a third 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, 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

Rondy Yu

Rondy Yu

Past President

Hello, colleagues and friends! A little about me: I obtained my PhD in Counseling Clinical, and School Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. I am in my first year as an assistant professor of teaching in the school psychology program at UC Riverside and currently oversee the development of a new MEd program in Applied Behavior Analysis. I also serve as a mental health specialist and postdoctoral trainee 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. I am also interested in intervention programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and issues related to treatment integrity. It is an honor to serve as Past-President for SASP in 2018.

E-mail: rondy@ucr.edu

Jordan Thayer

Jordan Thayer

President-Elect

Hello! It is a pleasure to continue to be a part of SASP this year. I am in my 4th year of the PhD program in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In addition to my time with SASP, I also serve as the student secretary for the Society for Research Implementation Collaboration. I have learned much in my with both SASP and SIRC and intend to transfer some of that experience into my role as the president-elect of SASP this year. My research and professional interests focus on three main areas: 1) the interplay between student affective engagement, 2) developing and implementing low-cost interventions that facilitate implementation efforts, as well as investigating the systemic and policy factors that impact implementation in schools; and 3) use of rigorous design and statistical methodologies to address concerns around replication and confidence in our science. 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. Lately, I have been on a major board game kick.

Email: thaye053@umn.edu

Asha Unni

Asha Unni

Diversity Affairs Chair

Hello, SASP family! I’m so excited to continue to serve as the Diversity Affairs Chair for SASP this year! I am currently in my third year of the School Psychology PhD program at Texas A&M University. Prior to graduate school, 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. My research interests include issues pertaining to ethnic minority populations (and also specifically South Asian populations), such as ethnic identity, acculturation, discrimination, and racial and gender biases. As Diversity Affairs Chair, I look forward to continuing to recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds for the Diversity Mentorship and Diversity Scholarship programs. 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

Mollie Weeks

Mollie Weeks

Convention Chair

Greetings! I am thrilled to serve as Convention Chair for SASP this year. Currently, I am a second year doctoral student in the School Psychology program and the University on Minnesota. I earned by BA in psychology at St. Olaf College in 2013 then spent three years working in my alma mater’s Admissions Office. My research interests include disproportionality in special education, mental health disparities in school and communities, and the intersection of law, policy, and education. As your Convention Chair, I hope to create systems for feedback from presenters and attendees to determine relevance and improvements for future forum, continue to increase the number of new attendees through regular and strategic publicity, and encourage interdisciplinary projects and posters that includes students across divisions. Feel free to contact me via email with any questions or concerns.

Email: linkx082@umn.edu

Mihya Weber

Mihya Weber

Convention Chair-Elect

Hello! I am in my first year as a PhD student in the clinical, counseling, and school psychology program at the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to graduate school, I was a McNair scholar and received my B.S. in psychology at the University of North Texas, where I worked as a research assistant in the Center for Psychosocial Health Research. During this time, I also worked at Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving our special needs citizens through the teachings of horsemanship, social, life, and entrepreneurial skills. My research interests mainly focus on social-emotional learning and development in children, and empirically informed school-based interventions to facilitate the growth and well-being of students. I am excited to serve as the SASP assistant convention chair in hope of promoting student involvement in research and collaboration with professionals in the field. Please feel free to contact me with questions about SASP, or ideas for facilitating student involvement and improve experiences at the convention.

Email: mihyaweber@education.ucsb.edu

Amanda Hanrahan

Amanda Hanrahan

Communication Liaison

Hello Everyone!  I am a fourth year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and am excited to be continuing my role of Communication Liaison this year.  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.  I am currently working in a pediatric neuropsychology clinic and at Children’s Hospital of WI in outpatient therapy and C&L.  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.  I feel that in 2017 we found more ways to communication and communication was more frequent.  I hope by the end of 2018 this communication is more streamline and effective!  If you have any communication tips, suggestions, or questions please feel free to contact me!

Email: hanrah33@uwm.edu

Annie Biehl

Annie Biehl

Membership Chair

Hello SASP members! I am excited to serve as the Membership Chair this year. Currently, I am in my second year as a doctoral student in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program at the University of Denver. Before pursuing a PhD, I earned a BS in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an MA in Child, Family, and School Psychology at the University of Denver. My research interests involve assessment use among youth involved with the juvenile justice system and school-based protective factors that contribute to reduced student referrals to law enforcement. When I am not at school I enjoy riding my bike, spending time with family and friends, and knitting. I look forward to this year and welcome all suggestions and questions!

Email: Annie.Biehl@du.edu

Andrea Wierzchowski

Andrea Wierzchowski

Student Interest Liaison

Hello! I am currently in my third year of the School Psychology doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). I previously completed my master’s degree in psychology, with a clinical concentration and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I currently work as a mental health clinician for Dallas County juvenile department where I serve the psychological needs of children and families involved in juvenile justice system. I recently started a student organization called Team One Love at TWU that stems from a larger non-profit organization, The One Love Foundation, which serves to raise awareness around healthy and unhealthy relationships; with the ultimate goal of ending relationship violence. I also serve as social chair of the TWU School Psychology Graduate Student Organization, where I have the privilege of organizing service projects, student get-togethers, mentorship, and other activities centered around school psychology awareness. My current areas of research include; looking at the effectiveness of polygraph informed treatment, the effectiveness of psychoeducational programs, and pain reduction/distress tolerance for individuals suffering from trauma and stress-related disorders. I am passionate about spreading the value of our role as school psychologists, and how our work can be transferred into a multitude of different settings. I look forward to extending the outreach on the national level as the Student-Interest Liaison for SASP this year. Cheers!

Email: awierzchowski@twu.edu

 

 

 

James Geiger

James Geiger

Editor

Greetings!  I’m James Geiger, a fourth 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.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or article submissions for our division’s student publication!

Email: jamesgeiger@email.arizona.edu

Alexandria Muldrew

Alexandria Muldrew

Editor-Elect

Greetings everyone! I’m currently a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. To date, I have lived in nine different states so I’m currently calling MN my home and enjoying exploring the Twin Cities. As far as research goes, I’m examining how to best cultivate environments that provide culturally responsive behavior supports for diverse students. Specifically, I’m looking into how to best adapt interventions that ensures the emotional and behavioral well-being of all students. I am honored to serve as your SASP Editor-Elect and look forward to reading your submissions for the School Psychologist! If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Email: muldr008@umn.edu