News and Events

Find out what's happening now, and explore past news and event highlights from the School Psychology program.


2019 School Psychology Open House

Please join us on Friday, November 8th (5:00-7:00 pm) at SDSU Scripps Cottage to learn more about the School Psychology graduate program. 

              School Psychology Open House Flyer



David Martinez wins the Maestro Award!

Alumni David Martinez and his family pose at the Latino Book and Family Festival held at MiraCosta College in Oceanside September 2019. David was nominated and won the Maestro award, which celebrates an empowering edudcator in North County San Diego! Congratulations David!

David Martinez accepting the Maestro award in Oceanside with his family


Class of 2018 Standouts

Outstanding School Psychology Ed.S. graduating students, Emily Johnson and Kenia Lopez, are featured as the College of Education Class of 2018 Standouts!

Photo: Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson, M.S., Ed.S.

Photo: Kenia Lopez

Kenia Lopez, M.S., Ed.S.

CLASS-EL Students Present in Guadalajara

Members of the CLASS-EL grant presented at the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology 2018 in Guadalajara!  Read more about the conference in SDSU graduate student Andrew J. Newcombe's published article entitled "IACEP Guadalajara from a First-Time Attendee's Perspective" in the The Thinking Teacher (PDF).

Photo: Group of students poses with Carol Robinson-Zanartu


2018 National Conference Presentations

Check out all the presentations (PDF) given at the 2018 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention by SDSU School Psychology faculty and students!

Pictured below: Jessie Krier presents her study, co-authored by SDSU School Psychology Program Director and Professor Dr. Katina Lambros, "Increasing Social Play and Joint Attention Through Peer Mediated Intervention."

Photo: Jessie Krier poses at conference in front of presentation board


Scholarship Award Winner

Photo: Nora Neztsosie, M.S.

Congratulations to SDSU School Psychology student Nora Neztsosie. She is the winner of the Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award! 

Read more about Nora's accomplishments.


CSP Department Day, 2017

The Counseling and School Psychology Department had their first ever CSP Department Day in November, 2017!  Students learned about decolonizing practices and research from keynote speaker Dr. Linda Tuhawai Smith, Professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. 

Photo: Dr. Linda Tuhawai Smith at podium speaks to group

Student Research Symposium Award

Dr. Gabe Gutierrez and student Sarah Nakutin won the Provost's Award at the SDSU Student Research Symposium (SRS).

Project Title: Effect of Physical Activity on Academic Engagement and Executive Functioning in Students with Autism

Photo: Sarah Nakutin poses in front of winning presentation board


2017 CASP Convention

SDSU School Psychology students attend the 2017 California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Convention

Photo: Group of students pose for photo at the 2017 California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Convention

o learn more about joining the California Association of School Psychologists, visit their website.

Congratulations to SDSU School Psychology Intern and 2017 CASP Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholar Jenna Palacios!

Photo: Jenna Palacios poses with award

Scholarship Recipients

Each of these 7 School Psychology graduate students received a $1000 scholarship

Photo collage of scholarship award winners Amanda Whiteley, Al Yu, Jessie Krier, Cristina Prado, Angela Cerda, Paul Pham and Anais Medina Flores

The Raymond M. Peterson Scholarship is provided by the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities. The scholarship supports the education of future professionals who are working to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by a developmental disability. The $1000 scholarship recipients are: Amanda Whiteley, Al Yu, Jessie Krier, Cristina Prado, Angela Cerda, Paul Pham and Anais Medina Flores. Congratulations!

Elaine Chen

SDSU Graduate, Elaine Chen, featured in U.S. News & World Report!

Photo: Elaine ChenIn third grade, after Elaine Chen had been falling behind in her work for a while, teachers at her San Francisco Bay Area school assessed her and recommended she be placed in a special education program.

"I remember going through many cognitive tests, only to have them determine my struggles weren't caused by a learning disability but rather a language barrier," says Chen, whose first language was Mandarin and who didn't learn English until kindergarten.  

Today Chen, 28, is a school psychologist and behaviorist in the San Mateo-Foster City School District in California. She meets with elementary school students who are struggling to try to understand why. 

Read the full article at U.S. News & World Report: Education Master's Degree Can Guide Students, Families To Success.


2017 Student Research Symposium

Students present at SDSU's 2017 Student Research Symposium

Photo: Jenna Palacios poses in front of presentation board

Jenna Palacios, M.S., third year student, was awarded the Dean's Award for the College of Education at the Student Research Symposium. Jenna has worked extremely hard presenting her poster session at various conferences and conventions. We are very proud of Jenna!

Photo: AJ Newcombe and Angela CerdaSecond year students, AJ Newcombe and Angela Cerda, presented on "Opening Communication and Bridging Knowledge: Increasing Involvement of Parents of Latino High School Students."


NASP's 2017 Annual Convention

Students and faculty represent SDSU at NASP's 2017 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas

Photo: Jenna Palacios poses with Dr. Lambros in front of presentation table

Jenna Palacios, M.S., third year student presented a poster session on "The Impact of Native Language Literacy Interventions on Bilingual Reading Fluency." Faculty, Dr. Lambros, supported Jenna during her poster session and while gathering data for her intervention.

Photo: Dr. Ingraham poses with students Emily Johnson, M.S.; Kenia Lopez, M.S.; and Anais Medina Flores, M.S.

Third year students (Emily Johnson, M.S.; Kenia Lopez, M.S.; and Anais Medina Flores, M.S.) presented with faculty, Dr. Ingraham, about consultation in diverse schools.

Photo: First year students attend their first NASP convention and pose in front of convention sign

First year students eagerly attend their first NASP convention!

Photo: Jenna Palacios poses in front of her CASP presentation

Jenna Palacios, M.S., 3rd year student, presented her single case design intervention at CASP 2016.

Photo: Jenna Palacios poses with Dr. Gutierrez in front of presentation

Dr. Gutierrez, Ph.D., NCSP (SP lecturer) supported Jenna during her poster session. 

Photo: Students Anna and Paul pose with giant prop at CASP

Paul and Angela, 2nd year students, attended CASP 2016 convention. 

Scholarship Awards

Each of 6 School Psychology Graduate Students Received $2,500 Scholarship 

Photo collage: Images of Christine Horton, Jessie Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina Flores, Paul Pham, and Andrew Newcombe

Each of 6 graduate students in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology has received a scholarship from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities in San Diego. The $2,500 scholarship recipients are: Christine Horton, Jessie Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina Flores, Paul Pham, and Andrew Newcombe

"My focus is to advocate for and improve the lives of students with disabilities," said Krier, a 3rd year graduate student in School Psychology.

"As a future school psychologist, I hope to empower and support students of all walks of life by removing learning barriers, whether emotional, behavioral, or academic," said Lische, a 3rd year graduate student.  

Read the full blog post at Informed & Inspired: News from the SDSU College of Education

Making a Difference

School Psychology Student Made a Difference in Ecuador 

Photo collage: Images of Paul Pham with others in Ecuador

Paul Pham, a second year graduate student in the School Psychology program, spent his summer in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He went there through the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program, a study abroad program for mental health practitioners, education professionals and graduate students.  

"The program provided me with opportunities and experiences to develop both professionally and personally. One experience that I will treasure is my time with the local preschool in Quito. I was matched to work with other professionals in the field of education and psychology and together we supported [it], " said Pham.  

Read the full blog post at Informed & Inspired: News from the SDSU College of Education

 Be the Change You Want to See

Be the Change You Want to See: My Journey to College and Career Success  ~Alyssa Ashley

Photo: Two elderly Native American women in front of a hogan

"Yá'át'ééh. Hello. I am Diné/Navajo and come from a small community on the Navajo reservation in Arizona called Tuba City. I am of the Blacksheep clan, born for the Towering house clan. My maternal grandmother's clan is Bitter Water and my paternal grandfather's clan is Edge Water. 

Photo: Alyssa AshleyGrowing up, I attended multiple schools on the reservation, where a majority of the students and teachers were Navajo. Despite being surrounded by my own Navajo people, I still felt like I didn't quite fit in or belong. I was either not Navajo enough or too Navajo. I was either belittled for not knowing my language or not acknowledged at all for practicing my Navajo traditions, because students and teachers were either less or more acculturated to modern ways than me."  

Read the full the full blog post by Alyssa Ashley, SDSU School Psychology alumna, at Pearson Education (published by


Oaxaca Immersion

School Psychology students participated in a month long summer immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico as part of the CLASS-EL grant project.

Photo: Student with local children in front of orange wall

Photo: Students and local children pose for group shot in front of tables

Photo: Students and local children form circle outdoors

Photo: Students and little boys sit on tree stumps and chat