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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.

Jordan Thayer

Jordan Thayer

President

Hello! It is a pleasure to continue to be a part of SASP this year. I am in my 5th 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 of SASP this year. My research and professional interests focus on three main areas: 1) relationships as determinants of effective individual- and system-level implementation of evidence-based practices in schools, 2) mobilizing communities to implement and integrate services that promote whole children, whole schools, and whole communities; 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 time with good friends and undertaking new challenges. I have recently returned to snowboarding after many, many years and loving it. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for how SASP can improve its services.

Email: thaye053@umn.edu

Aria Fiat

Aria Fiat

Past President

Hello! I am a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. I received my B.S. in Education & Social Policy from Northwestern University, where I co-founded Supplies for Dreams, a non-profit that provides educational enrichment to economically disadvantaged students in Chicago. Prior to graduate school, I spent a year teaching English in France through the Fulbright Scholars program. My current research centers around improving capacity for schools to deliver culturally-responsive mental health prevention and intervention programs. I work to cultivate resilience in children, educators, parents, and systems by integrating various therapeutic modalities and adapting them to fit the school context. It has been a pleasure serving Division 16 on the SASP Executive Board for the past three years, as Membership Chair, President-Elect, and President. As Past-President, I look forward to continuing to build upon the SASP legacy, while supporting the work of the amazing students who make up the 2019 SASP Executive Board. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you simply wish to connect.

Email: aefiat@umn.edu

Kaitlyn Young

Kaitlyn Young

President-Elect

Hello everyone! I am a third year school psychology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin (UW) and previously received my B.S. in Psychology from UW. I am excited to serve as SASP’s President-Elect this year, where I hope to continue to drive initiatives surrounding diversifying the field of school psychology. My research interests include understanding how schools can best meet the mental health needs of rural students; I am specifically interested in how cultural and linguistic diversity plays into meeting those needs. I also work with the Rural Education Research and Implementation Center at UW to help identify and address the various unique needs of rural schools. In my free time, you can typically find me eating at one of the many amazing restaurants in Madison, WI or continually re-watching The Office. I look forward to getting to know and interacting with SASP members in the 2019 year!

Email: kmyoung6@wisc.edu

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

Student Interest Liaison

Hello everyone! I am currently in my third year of the School Psychology doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to this, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNLV. As a graduate student, I work with the Office of International Students and Scholars and with the Office of Research and Supported Projects in the College of Education. Also, I have a school-based Advanced Practicum placement at a local Elementary school and a clinical-based Advanced Practicum placement helping to co-facilitate group therapy groups at the community mental health clinic, The P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E., at UNLV where I am able to serve the Las Vegas community and provide mental health supports for at-risk populations. I currently serve on the executive board of UNLV SASP as Past President and the advisory board of the UNLV P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. as a student member. My research passion is restorative justice, and I act as the Project Coordinator for the Restorative Justice Project at UNLV under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. Sam Song. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to serve as the student interest liaison representing school psychology at the national level. Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions, comments, or ideas on how I can best serve you as the student interest liaison — looking forward to a great year!

Email: thomp583@unlv.nevada.edu

Tara Kulkarni

Tara Kulkarni

Membership Chair

Hello. I am a third-year student at the University of Minnesota.  I have always been passionate about education and learning, and believe it is a universal human right.  Articles on educational policy and equity are, needless to say, some of my favorite things to read. My research interests revolve around improving learning outcomes of students who are traditionally at risk of failure. I am also interested in the developmental aspects of learning, especially in mathematics. I have a background in both clinical and counseling psychology and hope to bring a multidisciplinary lens to my practice, research, and service as part of division 16. As an international student and membership chair, I am passionate about improving diverse representation in SASP, as well as improving engagement across existing chapters. I hope to make a positive contribution to SASP this year. Please feel free to email me if you have any ideas or questions about the membership process.

Email: kulka195@umn.edu

Mihya Weber

Mihya Weber

Convention Chair

Hello! I am in my second 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 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

Chloe Zhang

Chloe Zhang

Convention Chair-Elect

Hello! I’m currently in my first year of the clinical, counseling, and school psychology program at UC Santa Barbara. I obtained my B.S. in Spanish Philology from Peking University in China and my master’s degree in school counseling from the College of William and Mary. Prior to my Ph.D. study, I interned and then worked as a school counselor in VA with students and families from diverse backgrounds, especially those speaking different languages. My research interests mainly focus on global collaboration and scholarship interchange, Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) as well as linguistically and culturally equivalent assessment tools and applicable research for second language learners. I am honored to serve as the SASP Convention Chair Elect and I strive to support the Convention Chair and the SASP Executive Committee in enhancing the development and translation of science in school psychology. Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions or concerns.

Email: yzhang983@ucsb.edu

Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly

Communications Liaison

Hi there! I am a first year Masters/ Specialist student at Northern Illinois University, and I am excited to be selected as this year’s Communication Liaison. Originally, I am from the St. Louis metropolitan area, which led me to obtain a B.A. in psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During this time, I had the privilege of working on various projects ranging from cognitive behavioral approaches to internalizing disorders to bullying and its associated roles in rural communities. Experiences during my undergrad, as well as in my graduate program currently, have given me the opportunity to be at the forefront of exciting advances in the field. Opportunities such as these have fostered a passion to find positions that allow me to be an ambassador for the field by circulating pertinent research to practitioners and fellow academics. Currently through my program, I am working with faculty on topics relating to bullying and its various roles in schools as we are federally funded through Project Prevent and Address Bullying (PPAB), which emphasizes training in assessment, intervention, and prevention techniques. After becoming licensed, I plan to seek out opportunities that will allow me to practice with diverse populations. I believe that roles such as Communications Liaison are essential in today’s world as it has never been easier to stay connected. Please feel free to pass along any tips, suggestions, or questions!

Email: kathleenkelly.psych@gmail.com

Alexandria Muldrew

Alexandria Muldrew

Editor

Greetings everyone! I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. My research focuses on how to best cultivate environments that provide culturally responsive behavior supports for diverse students. Specifically, I am looking at how to adapt interventions that supports the emotional and behavioral well-being of all students. I am honored to serve as your SASP Editor and look forward to reading your submissions for the Student Corner! If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Email: muldr008@umn.edu

Cydney Quinn

Cydney Quinn

Editor-Elect

Hi everyone! I’m currently a third-year Ph.D. student at Duquesne University. I earned my BS in Health and Human Development at Penn State in 2013 then continued on to earn my Masters at Chatham University in Counseling Psychology. I worked for two years as a counselor in the Pittsburgh Public schools specifically for students with Emotional Disturbance before going back to graduate school once again! My research interests include trauma, aggression, violence, emotional disorders, mental health disparities in school and communities, and the multidisciplinary teams. I am honored to serve as your SASP Editor-Elect and look forward to reading your submissions for the School Psychologist! Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions!

Email: cvq5016@gmail.com

Maria Tanaka

Maria Tanaka

Diversity Affairs

Marie L. Tanaka is a second year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at USF. Her research interests include understanding newcomer immigrant student experiences and adjustment and applying a social justice lens throughout the school psychology practice. Since graduating from Brown in 2013, Marie has worked with students with emotional-behavioral disabilities, taught abroad as part of a Fulbright scholarship, and worked with ELL students in a middle school in Cambridge, MA. She loves practicing and learning languages, traveling, and going on hikes with her dog.

Email: marietanaka@mail.usf.edu