Debra's Educational/Professional Background

Awards and Honors:

Previous Alaska School Psychologist of the Year recipient

Previous recipient of Alaska Adjunct Faculty of the Year, University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College award

Past President, Alaska School Psychologists Association (ASPA)

Past Editor, Alaska School Psychologists Association newsletter (ASPA Review)

Finalist for "A Matter of Panache,"  2008 Next Generation INDIE Book Awards


Degrees:

5/85: Ed.S                  School Psychology, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.  Summa  Cum  Laude

3/78: M.A.                   Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.  Summa Cum Laude   

6/75: B.A.                    Psychology/Sociology Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Cum Laude


Work Experience (Educational Psychologist since 1984):

2006-present:          (Retired Educational Psychologist), Writer/Public Speaker/Consultant

2005-2006                Educational Psychologist, Colorado

2002-2005                Educational Psychologist, Utah

1984-2002                Educational Psychologist, Alaska

1996-1999                Adjunct faculty, University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College. Education/Psychology

Post-Graduate Courses and Training completed:

•        PEAK Learning Systems on Effective Teaching and Learning (taught by Spencer Rogers, et al.).   Beginning and Advanced Institutes
•        Play Therapy (multiple professional trainings by leaders in the field)
•        KAGAN Cooperative Learning (multiple institutes with Spencer Kagan, et al.)
•        How the Brain Learns (Eric Jensen, David Sousa): three month self study course based on standards required by National Association of
School Psychologists
•        Academic Recovery in Teenagers with Right Hemisphere Damage: Three month self study course based upon standards required by National
Association of School Psychologists
•        Working with Sexually Abused Children (multiple professional workshops and guided self study according to standards required by National
Association of School Psychologists)
•        Differentiating Instruction K-12 (guided self study according to standards of National Association of School Psychologists)
•        Differentiating Instruction K-12 (B.E.R.workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah)
•        Reaching the Tough To Teach (Sopris Summer Institute)
•        Working with Oppositional Defiant Children (Anchorage, Alaska)
•        Working with Children with Attachment Disorders (Ken Magid)
•        Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
•        Learning and the Brain (PIRI Institute, Sally Shaywitz,)
•        Multiage, Multigrade Classrooms (Jim Wright)
•        Suicide Intervention                (multiple professional workshops)
•        Children and Grief                (multiple professional workshops)
•        Attention Deficit Disorders        (multiple professional workshops as well as guided self study courses between 1988 and 2006)
•        Strategies for Helping Families with Behavior Problem Children (Webster-Stratton)
•        Cross Cultural Competence in School Psychological Services (Doris Paez)
•        Level Systems Utilized with Behaviorally Disordered and Emotionally Disturbed Children
•        School Wide Behavior Management (Rob March)
•        Establishing Positive Discipline Policies (Foundations, Randy Sprick)
•        Interventions Training (Randy and Marilyn Sprick) and multiple self guided study courses, based upon standards of National Association of
School Psychologists
•        Positive Discipline in the Classroom (Jane Nelson, Lynn Lott)
•        Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (Nelson, Lott)
•        Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in Teens (multiple self guided study courses, based upon standards of National Association of School
Psychologists)
•        Working effectively with students demonstrating possible violent offender profiles (multiple self guided study courses, based upon standards of
National Association of School Psychologists)
•        School Psychologists: understanding the role of neuropsychology in assessment and intervention (multiple self guided study courses, based
upon standards of National Association of School Psychologists)