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Charles Barrett, Ph.D., NCSP
Charles Barrett, Ph.D., NCSP
School Psychologist, Author, and President, CAB Publishing Company, LLC
Charles A. Barrett, PhD, NCSP is a Coordinator for Diagnostic and Psychological Services with Loudoun County Public Schools. Additionally, he is an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, the Graduate School of Education at Howard University, the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, and the Department of Psychology at Millersville University. An award-winning educator for his commitment to students, families, schools, and communities, Charles has held various leadership positions with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and frequently speaks to a variety of professional and lay audiences about promoting positive outcomes for children. To learn more about Charles, including his books on a variety of topics that are relevant to educators and communicate hope and wholeness, visit www.charlesbarrett.org.

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Leslie Quijada
Graduate student, Marist College
Leslie Quijada is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Putnam Valley Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Leslie previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Mercy College. Leslie can be reached at leslie.quijada1@marist.edu.

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Stacy L. Bender, PhD, LP, NCSP
Stacy L. Bender, PhD, LP, NCSP
Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston
Stacy L. Bender, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and her B.S. in Psychology at the University at Buffalo. Stacy completed an APA-accredited internship at the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research includes implementing mindfulness-based interventions for families and students in schools, improving the social-emotional/behavioral needs of students through behavior screening and intervention, and supporting diverse family engagement practices in schools. Stacy has conducted numerous research projects implementing intervention with students and families and supporting schools at a systems-level to implement universal supports for students. As a licensed psychologist, registered health service psychologist, and nationally certified school psychologist, she has provided treatment, consultation, and assessment for children and families with mental and behavioral health challenges in schools, hospitals, and other clinical settings.

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Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L
Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L
WPS Assessment Consultant
Dr. Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, BCTS is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in the rehabilitation field, primarily with individuals with and without disabilities across the lifespan in schools, hospitals, clinics, and community-based settings. She holds a PhD in Special Education in Early Childhood, a master’s in occupational therapy, bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in counseling, Diploma in Massage Therapy, and various professional certifications, including assistive technology, telehealth, health and wellness, and sensory integration. Dr. Jackson is an assessment consultant with WPS, being an employee with no other financial interests related to this presentation. She is an interprofessional scholar, practitioner, leader, and researcher, holding positions and serving on boards of professional associations and community organizations.

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Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP
Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP
Licensed Psychologist
Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., ABSNP is a renowned speaker and author of eight books and numerous articles on learning and emotional disorders in children. He is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working directly in the schools, and is dually trained and board certified in school neuropsychology having completed research stints at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Feifer has earned numerous distinctions throughout his career including being awarded the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year, the National School Psychologist of the Year, and recently received the Outstanding Contribution to the Education and Training of Psychologists award by the Maryland Psychological Association. Dr. Feifer currently assesses children at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD, and is a faculty instructor in the School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate Certification Program. He has authored three tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children, all of which are published by PAR.

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Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.
Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor GMU
Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D. is Research Professor at the University of Virginia. He published 23 books, 51 tests and rating scales, and 300 research papers. He is known for his emphasis on innovative approaches to intellectual assessment using the Cognitive Assessment System-2nd Edition, ASRS, CEFI and the Naglieri General Ability Tests: Verbal, Nonverbal and Quantitative. He has an extensive research program with emphasis on equitable assessment and uniting sound theory with scientific practice.

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Stephanie Fredrick, Ph.D., NCSP
Stephanie Fredrick, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor of School Psychology and Associate Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo
Dr. Stephanie Fredrick is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology and Associate Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Broadly, her research investigates how schools, families, and communities can prevent bullying and promote protective factors and resiliency among youth. More recently, her research has focused cyberbullying prevention, media use, and digital citizenship skills. Dr. Fredrick is a nationally certified school psychologist and associate editor for the Journal of School Psychology. She previously worked as a school psychologist in Illinois prior to becoming an assistant professor in 2016.

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Elizabeth M. Power, Ph.D.
Elizabeth M. Power, Ph.D.
Professor of School Psychology, College of St. Rose
Elizabeth (Liz) M. Power, EdD, serves as both NYASP Publications Chair and Research Committee Chair. Dr. Power is Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Dr. Power earned her Education Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS) in Chicago, IL in 2011. Dr. Power returned to TCS and graduated with a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in School Psychology degree in 2016. Dr. Power has practiced as a school psychologist for ten years, working with students in grades K-12+. In addition to her work as a professor, Dr. Power works part-time for a local school district with children with low incidence disabilities. Dr. Power’s research interests include neuropsychology, gender and inclusion, and the national shortage of school psychologists.

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Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD
Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD
Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., is a psychologist, yoga therapist, and professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY. She has written 8 books and over 75 research articles and chapters on mindful self-care, embodiment, self-regulation, eating disorders, and trauma. Her books include: Yoga in Schools, Yoga for Self-Regulation, and Embodiment and the Treatment of Eating Disorders. She is co-founder of Yogis in Service consults with the Africa Yoga project, Sniper and Recon Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation to develop and deliver trauma-informed, mindfulness-based resilience trainings for yoga teachers, veterans, and humanitarian workers in North America, Africa, and the Middle East.

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Stacy Williams, Ph.D., NCSP, LP
Stacy Williams, Ph.D., NCSP, LP
Associate Professor at Marist College
Dr. Stacy Williams is an Associate Professor at Marist College, a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in New York State. Dr. Williams serves on the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) executive board as President-Elect. At the state level, Dr. Williams is the Treasurer of the New York Association of School Psychologists, has mentored school psychology candidates, created and managed content for the state association annual conference. Finally, Dr. Williams coordinates a leadership institute for developing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice allies.

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Christina Russo
Graduate student, Marist College
Christina Russo is a third-year candidate at Marist College in the School Psychology Masters Program. Christina earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with minors in Biology and Cognitive Science from Marist College. Christina can be reached at Christina.Russo2@marist.edu for any additional information.

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Kelly Caci
Kelly Caci
School Psychologist and NYASP Legislative Chairperson
Kelly Caci, MA, is a certified school psychologist who has practiced in New York for 23 years at the elementary and middle school levels. She currently works the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in a K-5 elementary school. Ms. Caci is a trained Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and coach and has implemented a comprehensive PBIS program, peer mediation program, as well as other preventive social-emotional programs in her current work at the elementary level. Ms. Caci is the legislative co-chair for the NY Association of School Psychologists (NYASP), and has served on the NYASP board since 1998, previously in the capacity of NYASP past-president, president, president-elect, and newsletter editor. Ms. Caci led the workgroup on NYASP's COVID-19 Health Crisis School Re-Entry and Recovery document. She is responsible for the development of the NYASP Children of Warriors toolkit, as well as the NYASP Anxiety toolkit and NYASP Suicide Prevention and Response Toolkit, and was a contributor to the NYASP Bullying Prevention Training Program. Ms. Caci also serves on the NYS School Safety Task Force, as well as the NYSUT Health Care Professionals Council.

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Christina Caserta
Graduate student, Marist College
Christina Caserta is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Ralph R. Smith Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Christina previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz. Christina can be reached by email at christina.caserta1@marist.edu.

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Melissa E. Pittman, EdD
Assistant Principal, Washingtonville Middle School, Washingtonville, New York
Dr. Melissa E. Pittman is currently the assistant principal at Washingtonville Middle School, in Washingtonville, New York where she supports the educational experiences for students and families. Most of her over 20-year career in education has been in Washingtonville serving as an elementary teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels. During this time, Dr. Pittman has been actively involved in district and building initiatives designed to improve curriculum, instruction, and the overall school environment for all students. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, which led to New York State Permanent Certification in elementary and special education. Dr. Pittman continued educational pursuits, completing a Master of Science degree in special education, with a concentration in culturally and linguistically diverse students from State University of New York at New Paltz, in New Paltz, New York. From there, she attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, which led to New York State School District Administrator certification. Dr. Pittman earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. As a Black, female administrator, providing educational equity has always been a priority for Dr. Pittman. She has used her educational and personal experiences in educational settings as a student, teacher, and administrator to highlight the needs of students of color by offering strategies and insight to educators to improve experiences for students and families. Dr. Pittman has been involved in district-level data teams to identify and develop plans to reduce educational and opportunity outcome gaps within the district. Currently, she serves on a district team developed to improve educational equity by focusing on areas such as bias awareness, identity development, cultural and racial literacy, and curriculum and instruction.

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Beth Rizzi, MA
Beth Rizzi, MA
NYASP President & School Psychologist at John Jay Senior High School
Beth Rizzi, MA is a practicing School Psychologist at John Jay Senior High School in the Wappingers Central School District where she has worked since 2009. She currently serves as President of NYASP. She is a NYS Certified School Psychologist and completed her training at Marist College in May 2009. Her areas of work interest include assessment for learning disabilities, cross battery assessment, teacher consultation, and school-based counseling to improve student outcomes, in addition to school safety and the threat assessment team model. Health and Wellness are a passion for Beth in all aspects of life, both personal and professional.

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Laurie Klose, Ph.D.
Laurie Klose, Ph.D.
NASP President
Dr. Laurie McGarry Klose is the owner and CEO of RespectED, a consulting firm that provides services to schools and families. She has worked as a faculty member at Trinity University and Texas State University, including serving as the Director of Assessment for the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support and University Assessment and Counseling Clinic. In addition, she worked as a campus and district-based school psychologist for 12 years in California, Massachusetts and Texas. Along with service on numerous state and national committees, Laurie’s leadership positions include President of Texas Association of School Psychologists, Texas Delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists, South Eastern Delegate Representative to the Board of Directors of NASP, and the Chair of the NASP Ethics and Professional Practices Board. Laurie is the 2021-22 President of National Association of School Psychologists.

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Kamontá Heidelberg, PhD, NCSP
Kamontá Heidelberg, PhD, NCSP
Assistant Professor- Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo
Dr. Kamontá Heidelburg is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. His research focuses on cultural adaptations to evidence-based individual and systems-level interventions to support the positive social-emotional and academic development of Black students.

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Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D.
Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D.
Professor at Florida International University
Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychology at Florida International University. He was trained in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University at Buffalo, graduating in 2005, and is a licensed psychologist in New York state since 2007. He is fellow of the American Psychological Association Division 16 and 53. Currently he serves as an associate editor for School Mental Health and is a principal member of the Institute of Education Sciences Special Education review panel.

His interests are in the area of evidence-based assessments and treatments for children with ADHD. He is author or co-author on over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and he has written two books on effective school-based interventions. Dr. Fabiano is also the developer of a Massive Open Online Course entitled “Everyday Strategies for ADHD” that has been completed by over 4000 online students across six continents. He has developed clinical intervention programs, and evaluated their effectiveness, for fathers of children with ADHD, educators in Head Start preschool settings, teenage drivers with ADHD, and elementary school students with ADHD in special education settings. A cross-cutting theme throughout his work is developing intervention programs that are effective for children and families within the contexts of their everyday environments.
Dr. Fabiano’s work has been continuously funded by federal agencies and foundations since 2006 including the Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, industry partners, and the Department of Education. In 2007 Dr. Fabiano was nominated by the Department of Education and invited to the White House to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for early career investigators. In 2013 through a competitive process Dr. Fabiano was selected as one of seven Family Stability and Self-Sufficiency researchers by the Administration for Children and Families to work at state and national levels to create, evaluate, and disseminate effective interventions to support families. In 2017, he was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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Lexy Lynch
Lexy Lynch
Graduate Student, The College of Saint Rose
Lexy Lynch is a third year School Psychology graduate student at the College of Saint Rose. She was the President of the School Psychology Association at the college, working with an executive board to provide the students of the program with additional learning and professional opportunities throughout the academic year. Lexy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she was the President of the Plattsburgh Psi Chi chapter for the 2018-2019 year.

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Christopher Heim M.A.
Christopher Heim M.A.
School Psychologist
Christopher is currently a school psychologist with the Buffalo Public Schools. He has worked there for 13 years. His present role is as a Student Support Services Coordinator with a focus on PBIS/MTSS supports. Christopher worked to develop data collection and processing methods for the district with a focus on reducing time spent doing data entry to allow for more intervention time. Christopher also operates an educational consultant business and the website Beacon Progress Monitoring . Christopher did his graduate studies at the University at Buffalo.

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Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D.
Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, University at Buffalo
Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D. is a professor of school psychology and director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed psychologist, fellow of the American Psychological Association, and member of NASP’s School Safety and Crisis Response Committee. Dr. Nickerson’s research focuses on preventing and intervening with school crises, violence, and bullying, as well as the critical role of schools, parents, and peers in promoting social-emotional strengths of children and adolescents.

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Bonnie Kane, Ph.D.
Bonnie Kane, Ph.D.
Niagara Alliance Restorative Practices (NARP) Co-Founder and RP Facilitator; School Psychologist (retired); Adjunct Niagara University
Bonnie is a retired school psychologist (Niagara Falls City School District, retired 2019) who holds degrees in teaching (special education), school psychology and Leadership and Policy. She is currently a restorative practices facilitator with the Niagara Alliance for Restorative Practices, Inc. (NARP). She co-founded NARP to support restorative practices in Niagara County/WNY schools, organizations and in the community. NARP is a Charter for Compassion Organization Partner (Restorative Justice sector). Bonnie volunteers her time to many organizations and committees throughout WNY. She is a lifelong learner who has recently completed online certificate coursework through Cornell.

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Andrew Shanock, PhD, NCSP
Andrew Shanock, PhD, NCSP
Associate Professor, Department Chair of School Psychology
Dr. Andrew Shanock, president of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Dr. Shanock specializes in cognitive and academic assessment. Dr. Shanock has been a featured speaker at the national and state level for a variety of educational professionals, including school psychologists, speech language pathologists, and administrators. He consults with school districts around the country to promote issues such as collaborative assessment, Response to Intervention, and instructional support team building. Dr. Shanock’s presentations are informative, entertaining, and interactive.

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Alexandria Lockhart
School Psychologist, NYC Department of Education
Alexandria is a school psychologist in New York City, a Southern California native, and an aspiring doctoral student. She is a firm advocate for police-free schools and racial equity in special education.

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Carolyn Hite, Esq.
Carolyn Hite, Esq.
Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
Carly Hite is a Skadden Foundation fellow and staff attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. She is spearheading an interdisciplinary project focused on diverting K-8 students away from suspension and toward rehabilitative interventions. Prior to Legal Aid, Carly taught English in Germany and high school math in Harlem; and she spent two years clerking for federal judges. Carly is a graduate of Pomona College, Relay Graduate School, and Stanford Law School.

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Robin Mojica
School Psychologist, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
Robin Mojica has been a school psychologist for over 15 years at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. Robin Earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattanville College and her Master’s in School Psychology from Marist College. Robin has presented for NASP and NYASP on topics related to creating educational games for consultation and Mindfulness Interventions with Adolescents. Robin is also an adjunct professor for Marist college and teaches courses for Teachers at the district where she is employed. Robin can be reached at rmojica@necsd.net

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Emily Cazer
Graduate Student, Marist College
Emily Cazer (she/ they) is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Poughkeepsie City School District for the 2021-2022 school year. Emily previously earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at SUNY Cortland. Emily can be reached at emily.cazer1@marist.edu.

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Tara Jordan
Graduate Student, Marist College
Tara Jordan is a third-year candidate at Marist College in the School Psychology Masters Program. Tara earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development from College of Saint Rose. Tara can be reached at Tara.Jordan1@marist.edu for any additional information.

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John Kelly, Ph.D.
John Kelly, Ph.D.
School Psychologist and NYASP Legislative Chairperson
Dr. John Kelly is a school psychologist in the Commack School District and an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in the School Psychology program. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Kelly has studied, published, and presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics that include mental and behavioral health services for children, advocacy training for school psychologists, legislative issues related to education and children, leadership development, violence and bullying prevention, and suicide awareness. Dr. Kelly is on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP). He is a Past-President of National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Kelly has received numerous state and national awards, including the NYS School Practitioner of the Year in 2001 and the NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 2003.

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Abigail Bourcy
Graduate Student, Marist College
Abigail Bourcy is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Putnam Valley Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. Abigail previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Education at St. Lawrence University. Abigail can be reached by email at Abigail.Bourcy1@marist.edu.

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Arleen Alava
Graduate student, The College of Saint Rose
Arleen Alava is a second year school psychology graduate student from The College of Saint Rose. Arleen’s research interests and passion includes social justice, ELL students, and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Frank Guglieri
Frank Guglieri
Regional Safety Coordinator for Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES
Frank Guglieri is the Regional Safety Coordinator for Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. A former educator, he has extensive experience both inside and outside of the classroom in school security, safety and health. His experience ranges from writing, implementing, and evaluating emergency response plans, physical security and penetration testing facilities, managing chemical storage, hygiene, and waste disposal, developing safety procedures and policies and conducting table-top and practical emergency drills. He has developed district specific threat assessment processes and worked with teams for over 50 school districts in NYS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in special education from Mt. St. Mary’s College and has completed advanced study in forensics at the University of Florida and Syracuse University.

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Jessica Emmerson, LMSW, SBL
Jessica Emmerson, LMSW, SBL
School Social Worker

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Ashley Carlucci
Graduate Student, Marist College
Ashley Carlucci is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Millbrook Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. Ashley previously earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at SUNY Albany. Ashley can be reached by email at Ashley.Carlucci1@marist.edu.

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Dixelia Lopez, PhD,
Dixelia Lopez, PhD,
Director of School Counseling of Ossining Union Free School District
Dixelia Lopez, PhD is an educator, researcher, consultant and mother with 20 years of experience in culturally relevant, culturally responsive practices. Dr. Lopez considers herself a life-long learner earning her doctorate in International Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Dr. Lopez obtained her bilingual extension in School Psychology from the College of St. Rose (Albany, NY), and most recently, obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College in New York, New York.
Dr. Dixelia Lopez currently serves as the Director of School Counseling of Ossining Union Free School District in Westchester County, NY. She is the delegate of Region III/Hudson Valley, NY State Association of Bilingual Education (NYSABE), serves as an Executive Board Member within the Multicultural Affairs Committee, and Lead Co-Chair of the Latinx Committee within the National Association of School Psychologists, and is an Executive Board Member of the New York Association of School Psychologists serving as a Co-Chair of Culturally Responsive Practice.

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Natia Tonge
Graduate Student, Marist College
Natia Tongue (she/ her) is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Putnam Valley Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Natia previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology at Stony Brook University. Natia can be reached at Natia.tongue1@marist.edu.

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Brooke Dennin
Graduate Student, Marist College
Brooke Dennin is a third-year candidate at Marist College in the School Psychology Masters Program. Brooke earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Brooke can be reached at Brooke.Dennin1@marist.edu for any additional information.

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Whitney Brown
Graduate Student, Marist College
Whitney Brown is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Fishkill Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Whitney previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Mount Saint Mary College. Whitney can be reached by email at Whitney.Brown2@marist.edu.

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Brittany Jones
Graduate Student, The College of Saint Rose
Brittany Jones is a second year school psychology graduate student from The College of Saint Rose. Brittany’s research interest is in social justice.

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John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP
John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP
School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District
Dr. John Garruto is currently CoChair of the NASP Ethics and Professional Practices Board as well as Immediate Past President and Ethics and Professional Practices Committee CoChair of the New York Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Garruto also served on the writing team for the revision of the 2020 NASP Standards for Ethical and Professional Practice. He has worked as a school psychologist for 24 years and is currently employed by the Oswego City School District in Oswego, NY. He regularly engages in adjunct instruction at the State University of New York College at Oswego and maintains a private practice. His primary interests are for the assessment of learning disabilities, neuropsychology, and the ethical and professional practice of school psychology. He has also authored and co-authored book chapters on emotional neuropsychology, report writing, and is also co-author of the book "Essentials of Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities."

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Amery Bernhardt
Amery Bernhardt
Retired Sergeant, Westchester County Department of Public Safety
Amery Bernhardt is a retired Sergeant from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety in New York and he has 20 years law enforcement experience. His last assignment included coordinating the department’s School Resource Officer program. Amery received a Master’s in Homeland Security and Public Safety Management with a thesis concentrating on school safety and he is pursuing a doctoral degree in management researching the topic of school threat assessment teams. He holds a trainer certification from Dr. Dewey Cornell under the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines. He is a certified instructor for law enforcement and civilian active shooter response through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program. Amery is a certified behavioral detection instructor through Protecting the Homeland Innovations. His work on active shooter response and school safety has been published by the “Counter Terrorist Magazine” and the “International Public Safety Association”. Amery has conducted training and numerous exercises with schools, hospitals, houses of worship, and first responder agencies.

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Jaida Elder
Graduate student, Marist College
Jaida Elder is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Poughkeepsie High School for the 2021-2022 school year. Jaida previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at SUNY Albany with a minor in Sociology. Jaida can be reached by email at Jaida.Elder1@marist.edu.

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Jordan Castro
Graduate Student, Marist College
Jordan Castro is a second-year graduate student and graduate assistant at Marist College and a School Psychologist Practicum Student at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for the 2021-2022 academic year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the co-author of a review of The Role of Language in the Assessment of Bilingual Students, presented by Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D. (New York School Psychologist, 2020-21, Volume XXXIX, Number 2). Jordan can be reached at jordan.castro1@marist.edu.

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Liza Matula
Graduate Student, Marist College
Liza Matula (she/her) is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at FDR Highschool for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Liza previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Additionally, Liza was a teacher's assistant, a research assistant, and an intern during her time at SUNY Plattsburgh. Liza can be reached at liza.matula1@marist.edu.

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Gray McCaffrey
Graduate Student, Marist College
Gray McCaffrey is a third-year candidate at Marist College in the School Psychology Masters Program. Gray earned their Bachelor's in Psychology and Human Development with additional focus in Gender and Intersectionality Studies. Gray can be reached at Gray.McCaffrey1@marist.edu for any additional information.

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Arta Kalici
Graduate Student, Marist College
Arta Kalici is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychologist student Intern at Highland Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Arta previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College. Arta can be reached by email at Arta.Kalici1@marist.edu.

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Kristen Wade
Graduate Student, The College of Saint Rose
Kristen Wade is a second year school psychology graduate student from The College of Saint Rose. Kristen’s research interest is in social justice.

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Jenna M. Jonza
Graduate Student, Marist College
Jenna Mazziotta-Jonza is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychology student Intern at Pakanasink Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Jenna previously earned a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Psychology and art. Jenna can be reached by email at mazziottajenna.spc@gmail.com.

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Tamara Roman
Graduate Student, Marist College
Tamara Roman is a third-year graduate student at Marist College and School Psychology student Intern at Balmville Elementary Newburgh Enlarged City School District for the 2021-2022 school year. Tamara previously earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Tamara can be reached by email at Tamara.roman1@marist.edu or Tamara1.Romanb@gmail.com.

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Laritza Caizachana
Graduate Student, The College of Saint Rose
Laritza Caizachana is a second-year school psychology graduate from The College of Saint Rose. Laritza’s research interests and passion includes social justice, immigration, acculturation and ELL students.

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Tabitha King
Graduate Student, The College of Saint Rose
Tabitha King is a second-year school psychology graduate from The College of Saint Rose. Tabitha's research interest are in multiculturalism and ELL students.

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Rachell Pierre-Louis, PsyD
Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Brooklyn and Uniondale New York
Dr. Pierre-Louis is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has been working as a Psychologist for the past 14 years, serving diverse school districts in Brooklyn and Uniondale New York. One of her passions and specialties is behavior support for students with behavioral disorders/challenges. Her dissertation which was entitled “General Education Teachers and Special Education Decisions” was presented at the international, national and regional peer-reviewed psychology conferences. Her advocacy for students with special needs and her drive to ensure that ALL students are afforded a dignified and inclusive educational experience is a mission that she holds dear to her heart.

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Theresa Schaberg
PhD Candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University
Theresa (Tess) Schaberg is a Ph.D. candidate in School Psychology originally from Washington, D.C. She attended Davidson College in North Carolina for her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is rounding out her first year at Teachers College, Columbia University in the City of New York. Before enrolling at Columbia, she worked for a year as a research assistant at the American Institutes of Research (now Cambium Assessment), where she contributed to the development of alternate assessments for statewide standardized tests. Her current research interests include the valid assessment and diagnosis of developmental disabilities among a pediatric population. In her free time, she enjoys singing and spending time with family and friends on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Haley Best
Graduate Student, SUNY Oswego
Poster: "Supporting the Numbers: Interventions Addressing Math Anxiety" -

Haley Best is a second-year graduate student in the School Psychology program at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is passionate about ensuring students' learning needs are addressed through accurate assessment and evidence-based interventions.

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Benjamin J. Lovett, Ph.D.
Associate Professotr, Teachers College, Columbia University
Benjamin J. Lovett, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches classes on psychoeducational assessment as well as legal and ethical issues. His research concerns the diagnosis of high-incidence learning disorders, the provision of testing accommodations, and the nature and management of test anxiety. He also maintains a consulting psychology practice focused on these issues.

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Laura Spenceley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, SUNY Oswego
Laura Spenceley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at SUNY Oswego, where she teaches courses on cognitive assessment and research methods. She maintains research into the validity of psychoeducational test results and the methods by which validity can be identified using common measures of intelligence. She currently serves as the Fiscal Advisor and Planning & Development Co-Chair for the New York Association of School Psychologists.

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