Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) is the student-led organization of APA's Division 16: School Psychology. One of the main goals of SASP is to keep graduate students up to date on issues pertaining to school psychology and to encourage participation in activities that will further strengthen this discipline in the future. Email the board.
Meet our current Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) board members.
President: Jennifer Cooper
Greetings SASP members. I am a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University and will be starting internship this summer. I serve as a graduate teaching associate for the school psychology program assisting faculty with a variety of teaching and research tasks and providing support and supervision to other graduate students. I also work as a Research Associate for Ohio University with the Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS) and as an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University. Prior to returning to graduate school, I worked for more than five years providing services to children in the foster care system and running youth mentoring programs. I am currently working on my dissertation, which is focused on social justice within the field of school psychology. My other research interests include school-based mental health services, systemic interventions, home-school-community partnerships and leadership and training in school psychology. As president, my goal is to represent and address the diverse needs of graduate students from across the country and promote opportunities for student participation and advocacy, professional development and leadership as we work toward shaping the future of school psychology. I am honored to continue to serve SASP and Division 16, and I look forward to hearing from you!
President-Elect: David Cheng
Hello SASP members. I am currently in the third year of the School Psychology PsyD program at St. John’s University. My research interests focus on bullying, cyberbullying, social-emotional programming, and the impact that state and federal laws have on our field. I am honored to serve as a member of the SASP Executive Board. In collaboration with Division 16 and our local SASP Chapters, I hope to accomplish many goals this year, all of which are aimed at improving the support for, and prominence of, school psychology graduate students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about SASP or how to get more involved.
Past President: Kaleigh Bantum
Greetings SASP members. I am in my last year of PhD coursework at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and will be beginning internship this summer following the spring semester. I completed my undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. At this time, I am working as a graduate assistant in the Department of Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education at Duquesne. I am also working on my dissertation in the area of strength-based assessment. My other research interests include mental health services in the schools, early intervention, and leadership and advocacy in school psychology. I am excited to continue to serve SASP and collaborate with the division. I look forward to what 2013 will bring.
Membership Chair: Cait Hynes
I am a doctoral student at Fordham University in New York, where I also completed my undergraduate degree. I currently work as an extern for the Bronx Project, providing psychoeducational services to at-risk students in Catholic schools in the South Bronx and Harlem. I also serve as events coordinator for Fordham’s School Consultation & Early Childhood Centers and help plan numerous conferences and workshops for students and professionals. My interests include resilience, suicide prevention, bullying awareness and working with children who come from military families. I am honored to be serving as the 2013 membership chair and I hope to work with SASP to more effectively demonstrate the benefits of membership to students, help individuals become more active, increase outreach to undergraduates, and collaborate with individual chapters to increase involvement between programs and at the national level. Please email me if you have any membership-related questions or are looking to start a new chapter. I look forward to hearing from you.
Diversity Affairs Chair: Kennetha Frye
Hello SASP members. My name is Kennetha Frye and I am a fourth- year doctoral candidate in the school psychology program at the University of Houston. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in psychology and a minor in African American studies. I received my master's from the University of West Alabama in counseling psychology. I am a "military brat" and have traveled and lived all over the world from Turkey to Spain. These traveling experiences and my membership in a multicultural sorority, Theta Nu Xi, have contributed to my strong interest in diversity and multiculturalism issues. Apart from being the Diversity Affairs chair, I serve as a committee member on the Division 45 (Ethnic Minority Affairs) committee at the University of Houston. My research interests include Teachers' Knowledge of ADHD and diversity issues in school psychology. With the combined experiences from my personal and professional life I hope to expand upon the Diversity Affairs chair duties by maintaining the Diversity Mentorship program, helping to recruit diverse members from underrepresented universities, increase the Diversity Award applicants, and identify authors for From Science to Practice who have research interests in diversity issues. I am so excited to be a part of an amazing organization. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Convention Chair: Kayla Nichols
Greetings SASP members. I am a first-year doctoral student in the school psychology program at Duquesne University. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I double majored in psychology and sociology from Georgia State University. My research interest overall is to increase the educational and life outcomes of African-American children. As a first-year doctoral student, I feel that it is very important to get involved, learn as much as I can about SASP and APA and make meaningful connections not only for myself, but for those that follow. As Convention chair, my goals are to increase student participation in the Student Research Forum and give students access to professionals in the field who will be a resource to the members of SASP. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to a great year and being a part of the 2013 SASP executive board.
Communications Liaison: Chelsea Benson
Hello, my name is Chelsea Benson and I am currently a first year in the EdS school psychology program at the University of Missouri. I am originally from Aledo, Illinois, and attended Iowa State University for my undergraduate degree. At Mizzou, I am the project coordinator for Jumpstart, an early education intervention for low-income youth. I am also involved with research concerning early detection and prevention of social/emotional behavior problems. I look forward to serving on the SASP board this year and collaborating with SASP members throughout the nation. As the communications liaison, please let me know if there is anything you would like to see changed/added to the webpage or our communication processes.
Editor, From Science to Practice: Aaron Haddock
I am a doctoral student in the counseling, clinical and school psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with an emphasis on school psychology and under the guidance of Dr. Shane Jimerson. I earned my BA in history from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1999. From 2000 to 2001, I studied at the University of Vienna and taught English at a local K-12 school on a Fulbright Scholarship. I hold an MA in modern European studies from Columbia University and and MEd and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from Antioch University. Prior to matriculating at UCSB, I enjoyed teaching fourth grade for six years. My research interests focus on social-emotional learning, school climate, bullying prevention, moral development, international school psychology and education policy. It's an honor to serve as the editor of From Science to Practice this year.
Co-Editor, From Science to Practice: Jeremy Rime
Hello SASP members. My name is Jeremy Rime. Currently I am a third-year doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. Subsequently, I obtained an MA in educational psychology and PPS credential from California State University at Long Beach. Among others, my research interests include early academic reading intervention. I structure my applied and research activities on an ecological-transactional framework of child development. My goal as a researcher is to help bring science to practice to policy. My ultimate aim as a member of the SASP board and, more specifically, co-editor of From Science to Practice (FSTP) is to better the lives of school children, their families and their communities. I hope to accomplish this indirectly by providing informative, relevant, applicable and quality articles and empirical studies to the members of SASP. Also among my goals is to encourage SASP members to submit articles to help them become more familiar with the publication process and more confident in their abilities to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact me and please consider submitting your research or ideas for publication in FSTP. Thank you.
Student Interest Liaison: Katherine Stoll
I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of Arizona. I previously attained my master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University. Prior to returning to graduate school, I spent over a decade in the field of education as both a teacher and a school counselor. At this time, I have the pleasure of serving as a graduate assistant in my program for a research project investigating risk factors of recidivism in the juvenile delinquent population at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center. In addition, I am a Graduate Assistant at the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center, conducting research related to self-determination in college students with attention and learning challenges. It is also an honor to represent my program as President of the SASP chapter at The University of Arizona. My research interests are diverse and include childhood behavioral disorders and interventions, juvenile delinquency, school-based mental health services, and pediatric obesity. I look forward to representing the training and internship needs of all school psychology graduate students as the Student Interest Liaison.