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School Psychology Program (PsyD)

Get in Touch with Students and Graduates

Amanda Tripp Hayes,
Amanda is a graduate of MSPP's School Psychology PsyD program. Amanda has been interested in working with children with developmental delays and learning difficulties since graduating from Middlebury College and then working with children with Autism at the New England Center for Children prior to beginning graduate school. She also received her MA/CAGS in School Psychology at MSPP in 2009 and then worked in the Weymouth Public Schools as an elementary school psychologist for two years. She is passionate about psychoeducational assessment as well as behavioral and mental health prevention and intervention methods. During the School Psychology PsyD program Amanda completed her internship a the Manville School, a special education private school for children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges located within the Judge Baker's Children Center. Amanda is currently completing her Post Doctoral Fellowship at this same location. She reports that working with this population of children in a highly structured and therapeutic environment that employs evidence based practices across learning domains has been extremely educational and rewarding.

"In my six years of graduate studies at MSPP I not only acquired exceptional knowledge and experience concerning the field of school psychology, but I also developed the professional skills and relationships in order to remain a life long learner dedicated to the continual enhancement of my professional self."

Jaclyn Kinsman,

Jaclyn KinsmanHello! My name is Jaclyn Kinsman and I am a Third Year School Psychology Doctoral student. I currently reside in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire in May of 2007. I began attending MSPP in September of 2007 and graduated from the School Psychology MA/CAGS program in 2010. Prior to attending school at MSPP, I worked there as an Administrative Assistant for the School and Counseling programs. Having only worked there for five short months, I realized that MSPP was the kind of graduate school that I truly wanted to be a part of, not only as an employee, but as a student as well. While at MSPP, I was actively involved in the Freedman Center and acted as a Board Member, I volunteered as a student representative at the Annual Gala, have helped out on student interview days, and assumed the position of a Student Ambassador, so that I can help new students become more comfortable with becoming a part of the MSPP community. Being involved at MSPP, socially and academically, has allowed me expand my interests and my career network. While attending classes at 1 Wells Ave, I also work as a School Psychologist at J. Turner Hood Elementary School in North Reading. In the future, in addition to continuing to work as a School Psychologist, it is my goal to open a private practice in the Boston area. My best advice for first year students is to put yourself out there. Take risks and sign up for activities or committees that you didn't think you would originally be interested in. Reach out to others and help out your teachers, but most importantly take care of yourself. Without a healthy body and mind, you'll be unable to successfully help the community.

Lisa Leboeuf,
Lisa LeboeufLisa is a third year student in the School Psychology Doctoral Program and a practicing school psychologist in the Boston Public School district. Lisa has interest in prevention and intervention that strives to improve social and emotional well being in schools. She has presented at the National Association of School Psychologists several times, and continues to be involved in research related to universal screening of children and adolescent's behavioral and mental health. Previous research includes teacher response to teen dating violence, peer acceptance of children with disabilities, evaluating PBIS implementation and developing curriculum for motor development in preschool aged children.

Following the completion of her MA/CAGS program, Lisa's desire to become a great school psychologist had grown into a desire to be an influential leader in the field. Lisa decided that MSPP's PsyD Program would prepare her for this, providing the opportunity to be immersed with the practicing scholars at MSPP who are studying and contributing to the most current research available.

Shelby Marscher,

Shelby ThurstonI am a 28-year-old-School-Psychology-CAGS/PsyD-student. Whew, what a mouthful. Journey and Styx rock my world, and some hardcore volleyball makes it go round n' round. I have spent the past six years working at a school/residential facility for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and when I tried to quit in order to begin grad school, it just didn't take- I continue to pick up shifts every week so I can see my kids. I am a new homeowner about 40 minutes outside of Boston (another favorite band) with my husband and my 3 year old (rescued) mutt, Maisy. I am going to do my best to invite you inside my thoughts as I continue my grad school career as a simultaneously juggle my full time internship, CAGS classes and begin my journey into the PsyD- enter at your own risk!

Updated 9/24/14

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