Update/PhD Students for 2019: I am looking to add two new members to my research team for Fall 2019. MSU’s PhD application deadline is Dec. 1., 2018 and early applications are encouraged. Both new PhD students in our APA-accredited and NASP-approved program will join my MDHHS-funded projects aimed at implementing evidence-based mental health approaches across the state of Michigan. Full funding via 50% Research Assistantship (20 hours a week) positions (during Years 1-3) will help me to expand on recent training I received at APA’s Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups.
I am a professor and licensed psychologist in the APA-accredited and NASP-approved School Psychology Doctoral Program at Michigan State University. My research interests are focused on the utility of medical and psychological interventions for school-aged children’s behavior in educational and other learning contexts. Other research interests include social anxiety/selective mutism and parent-facilitated mental health interventions. The primary focus of my work pertains to ensuring equitable and effective educational and mental health services for children experiencing challenges at school, within the home, or in the community.
I am especially committed to helping the field of school psychology address its current shortage of practitioners and trainers/faculty. If you are currently looking for a vibrant and well-supported university to complete your graduate studies in school psychology, I hope you will consider MSU. MSU is tied for 8th in producing the highest number of current faculty (N=9) within the 70 APA-accredited school psychology/combined programs in the U.S. (Carlson, Thomson, Siroky, Yohannan, Darr, & Haggerty, 2016). About half of my doctoral advisee graduates go on to be trainers/faculty/researchers (e.g., UMass-Boston, Northern Illinois University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Hartford), while the other half go on to become leaders in the field (e.g., DeVos Children’s Hospital, Okemos, MI Public School District, Thriving Minds, Sheldon, TX Intermediate School District, University of Michigan Hospital and Clinics). Readiness for a range of opportunities at the point of graduation reflects the value our program places on high quality scientist-practitioner training in school psychology.
Information about my educational background and training includes the following: My undergraduate studies (B.S. in Child Psychology) were completed at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 1991. I completed a doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in School Psychology in 1997. My 2000-hour predoctoral internship was completed at the APA-accredited Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Prior to coming to MSU in 2000, I was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK from 1997-2000.
You can learn more about me and the work that I do at MSU by clicking on the menu at the top of this page and scrolling to pages of interest. In addition, you can find a number of my journal publications and other professional writing within my Research Gate profile.