School Psychologists as Researchers-Interventionists

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) held their 2019 annual conference in Atlanta.   Eight of our 44 school psychologists presented original research or practitioner conversations about interventions implemented in Cobb County School District with colleagues from the United States and several other countries.


Ilisha Auld (Frey/Lewis ES), Sara McCullough (Cheatham Hill/McEachern), Tara Segassie (Kennesaw/Big Shanty ES), Kristen Snell (Ford, Pickett’s Mill, Pine Mtn. Middle) Andrea Bacon (Dickerson/Preschool Arena), and Caitlin Munroe (intern) described a school based SEL intervention they implemented with CCSD kindergarten students. The psychologists met with students for six weeks, completing structured lessons, role plays and other activities related to topics including listening to others, following the rules, and asking for help.


Tatiana Sosa (Hollydale ES, Birney ES, & Osborne HS) presented her doctoral research on Latina high

Dr. Tatiana Sosa presenting at NASP

school students’ perception of body image.  The more students perceived or internalized pressure from family, peers, and media, the more likely they were to report a higher level of dissatisfaction with their physical appearance.



Michelle Washington (R)



Finally, two part-time psychologists, who are completing doctoral studies at Georgia State University, also presented research at NASP. Michelle Washington (Green Acres/Milford ES) presented research on how grant funding can enhance school psychology training programs, as part of her role coordinating a grant at Georgia State University that includes CCSD. Jo Saint (Hayes ES/Harrison HS) presented on bullying, PBIS, and creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ families and students.





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