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What Does a School Psychologist Do?
School psychologists like myself often wear many hats!  Not only do we provide direct support to students in the form of counseling or behavioral interventions, but we also consult with teachers and families, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate outside-of-school services.  Among other things, school psychologists help schools successfully...

Improve Academic Achievement

  • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
  • Support teachers in designing and implementing interventions
  • Help manage student and classroom behavior
  • Monitor student progress
  • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
  • Improve students' coping, social, and adaptive skills
  • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
  • Provide individual and group counseling
  • Make referrals to outside service providers
Support Diverse Learners
  • Assess diverse learning needs
  • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Help develop appropriate IEPs for students with disabilities
  • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
Strengthen Family–School Partnerships
  • Assist families in navigating special education processes
  • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
  • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
  • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability
  • Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior
  • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
  • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
  • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

(Adapted from the National Association of School Psychologists, 2014)

About Your LES School Psychologist

Originally from Upstate New York, Finn the HorseI earned my B.S. in Psychology from Utica College in 2007. In 2008, I moved to Western Massachusetts to begin my graduate studies at UMass Amherst. I received an M.Ed. in School Psychology in 2010, earned my license in 2013, and received my Ph.D. in School Psychology in 2015.  My training at UMass centered on psychological, academic, and behavioral assessment; curriculum-based measurement; response-to-intervention (RTI); consultation; prevention; and special education law.  When I am not at LES, I can usually be found on the back of a horse at UMass' Hadley Farm.