Ms.Dorothy R. Szaiff,, Ed.S.
School Psychologist and Department Chair
What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program (60 graduate semester credits) that includes a 1200-hour internship and emphasizes preparation in the following: data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child development, student diversity and development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program evaluation.
School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.
The definition of "school psychologist" quoted above is an exerpt that was was copied from the National Association of School Psychologists web site. Please go to www.nasponline.org for the complete article.
The National Association of School Psychologists has many family resources on their website to assist you with understanding social, emotional or learning difficulties your adolescent may be experiencing. http://www.nasponline.org/families/index.aspx
The Arizona Association of School Psychologists also provides family resources. http://aasp-az.org/resources.html#Family
Please do not hesitate to contact me for additional resources, or to schedule a consultation appointment to address your child's specific needs.