- BA, University at Buffalo
- MS, Syracuse University
- PhD, Syracuse University
- Post-Doctoral Training, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Ethics and Professional Practice in School Psychology
- Introduction to School-based Consultation
My research focuses on reducing academic opportunity gaps and improving the schooling experiences of neurodiverse youth and their families around the world. This work integrates a global perspective and includes ongoing collaborations with key partners from countries all over the world. Through this work, we aim to push forward the following initiatives:
1. Supporting practitioners and educators to develop and implement a multicultural lens in their work with culturally and linguistically diverse families of neurodiverse children.
2. Develop professional support materials for educators to improve their preparedness in working with autistic* youth in the classroom.
This work is well suited to involve students at all levels and provides school-based assessment and intervention experiences. Please see the next section for more information about ongoing projects.
*I use identity-first language in line with the preferences of the autistic community (Bottema-Beutel et al., 2021)
My pronouns are she/her.
As a licensed psychologist, I take a data-driven approach to case conceptualization and intervention. My theoretical orientation is formed through an integrative process of the cognitive-behavioral and developmental psychopathological perspectives.
I am dedicated to mentoring the next generation of school psychologists. Underlying my mentoring style and informing my teaching philosophy, is my unwavering commitment to the promotion of educational equity. I aim to support graduate students’ development of their professional identity. I not only tailor my support to each of my student’s professional goals but also to their specific areas of need.
As a researcher, I lead the SUCCESS (Supporting Underserved Children by Cultivating Engaged and Successful Students) research lab at FDU. A few of our current research projects include:
- Investigating the writing experiences of young autistic students from the perspectives of teachers and autistic young adults. This work is funded by the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
- Examining the effectiveness of an autism-focused professional development program in improving teachers’ relationships with autistic* students and their families. This work is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and reflects a partnership with researchers at UCRiverside and UMass Boston.
- Assessing the writing skills and beliefs about writing among autistic teens. This work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and reflects a partnership with researchers at UAlberta, Teachers College, and UAlbany.
- Evaluating the condition of autism from the perspectives of practitioners and parents of neurodiverse youth located within Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
For a list of my most recent publications, please click here
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