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Alumni Testimonials

Alumni testimonials, School Psychology

Lisa Lopez, Ed.S.

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Frisco Independent School District

UD’s program prepared me for a school psychologist position in which I am directly supporting children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Because of UD’s training in best practices regarding response to intervention, counseling techniques and effective consultation, I am equipped to serve students, their families and their educational support systems. The University's training in cultural diversity via a study-abroad experience has directly impacted my career as I currently support two bilingual campuses. UD’s emphasis on research and data-based decision making has equipped me with the tools necessary to support campuses who are implementing systemic changes in order to meet the ever-changing needs of students.

Shantell Pitts, Ed.S.

School Psychologist, Middletown City Schools

I attended the program part-time, and believe this program is one of the most intense educational endeavors I have ever completed. The program is not only remarkable because of its notoriety in the school psychology field, it also prepares you with the best psycho-educational knowledge so you are an effective, ethical and competent practitioner. I learned in-depth strategies that assist me and my colleagues every day.

Lindsay Osborne, NCSP

School Psychologist, Logan-Hocking School District

Dr. Davies and the other professors do a great job of training students for the real world.

Alexandra (Walk) Riggs, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Dublin City Schools

The UD School Psychology program gave me all the technical and practical skills I needed to become a school psychologist. Since graduating from the program, I have worked in urban and suburban districts, with children from preschool through high school. The faculty at UD prepared me to work with students, teachers, and parents to make a positive difference in the lives of children. There's no doubt in my mind that UD has had a positive impact on the professional opportunities I have had!

Regina Strauder, M.S., Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Sycamore Community Schools

The School Psychology Program at the University of Dayton helped make me competent in best practices within the field. The preparation prepared me to positively impact the lives of students. The professors are very dedicated to the students and the field of school psychology. Many of them have been in the schools and have wonderful insight on information a school psychologist needs to be successful. The program gives you practical skills that you can use in your career as well as a solid foundation in the Response to Intervention approach.

Katie Weber, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools

I have found in my work as a school psychologist that we, in this position, are expected to be well versed in virtually everything that children in school could experience. This ranges from mental health issues to the processes of learning, from medical diagnosis to school climate and bullying. Not only has my education from the University of Dayton's School Psychology Program covered this vast range, but it has also emphasized the overarching, fundamental skills that practitioners must have to navigate successfully in this profession. Critical thinking, problem solving, consultation, being a consumer of research, these are all things that were continually reinforced in my schooling and things that I use on a daily basis.


School Psychology Program

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