Psychologists

DISTRICT PSYCHOLOGISTS

Madison Early Childhood
Sonia Duran
Emily McDonough


Conrad Fischer Elementary School
Sonia Duran


Edison Elementary School 
Caroline Cook
Mary French


Emerson Elementary School
Mary French
Julie Swihart


Field Elementary School
Alexandra Annen
Emily McDonough


Hawthorne Elementary School
Julie Swihart


Jackson Elementary School
Alexandra Annen


Jefferson Elementary School
Mary Neville


Bryan Middle School
Lisa LaVette


Churchville Middle School
Rosalinda Barragan
Lynae Maciel


Sandburg Middle School
Carrie Emrikson


York High School / Transition Center
Rosalinda Barragan
Vasilike Bolos
Linda Johnson

Amy Burton Talbot

What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists are trained in both psychology and education.  They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students.  As part of a collaborative team, school psychologists use problem solving approaches to help youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  School psychological services are available to general education students and those receiving special education services.

What do School Psychologists Do?

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior difficulties
  • Participate on Student Support Teams (SST) and special education teams.

Intervention

  • Collaboratively develop strategies intended to improve students’ academic and behavioral skills
  • Provide direct training in behavior, social, and/or academic skill development
  • Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma

Assessment

  • Conduct observations of behavior and environments
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services
  • Conduct functional assessments of behavior

Research and Program Development

  • Collaboratively evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
  • Understand and integrate “Best Practices” into school practice.