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Alumni Testimonials

Alumni testimonials, School Psychology



Brenna Barto, Ed.S.

School Psychologist, Mason City School District

I absolutely loved my time in UD's School Psychology program. I feel what sets UD apart from the rest is the amazing faculty. I feel very fortunate to learn from such knowledgeable and caring individuals. In addition, the coursework is very applicable to the job.  I have a well-rounded education in best practice which has greatly aided me in making a difference in the lives of students and in my district. I will be forever grateful to UD's program for helping me become a versatile School Psychologist.

Brianna Dudley, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Horizon Science Academy, Columbus

My time in the UD school psychology helped prepare me to be a practitioner by providing me the opportunity to learn from professors who brought reflections and anecdotes from their work in schools. Learning from people who were practicing school psychologists (both in class through our adjuncts and in schools through my graduate assistantship and particularly work) helped to make the job real and made it easier to apply the skills we learned in class. In addition, the UD program offered opportunities to get involved outside the classroom and practice leadership skills that have served me well in my first few years as a professional, and the connections I made with faculty and other students have provided me with a community of supportive peers who I can lean on when faced with work-related problems or when I need feedback on ideas for different ways to support students. I wouldn’t be the practitioner that I am without my time at UD!

Emily Lohmann, Ed.S.

School Psychologist, Worthington City School District

My time in the School Psychology program at UD has ensured that I am well prepared for the field of school psychology. The program takes a holistic approach so graduate students are ready to fill all roles in which a school psych may serve. Students leave the program with the expertise to have a seat at any table regarding the well being of school-aged students. All faculty approach the graduate training as if they were training you to work alongside them in the field the next year, making the program constructive and very applicable to the profession.

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.

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.

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

School Psychologist, Beavercreek 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, Mason City 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.


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