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School Psychologists

School psychologists:

  • Provide direct support, assessment, monitoring and numerous interventions (i.e., mental health, behavioral, academic) to students.
  • Consult and collaborate with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies and crisis management responses
  • Work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices, policies and program evaluation through an ethical and legal lens
  • Collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.

Through their efforts, they help schools successfully:

  • Improve Academic Achievement
    • Promote student motivation and engagement
    • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
    • Individualize instruction and interventions
    • Manage student and classroom behavior
    • Monitor student progress
    • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
  • Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
    • Improve students communication and social skills
    • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
    • Provide individual and group counseling
    • Promote problem-solving, anger management and conflict resolution
    • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
    • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem-solving
    • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools
  • Support Diverse Learners
    • Assess diverse learning needs
    • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
    • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
    • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
    • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
    • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents/guardians about student progress
  • Create Safe, Positive School Climates
    • Support social-emotional learning
    • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
    • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
    • Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities
    • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services
  • Strengthen Family-School Partnerships
    • Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
    • Assist in navigating special education processes
    • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
    • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
    • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
    • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
  • Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability
    • Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior
    • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome dat
    • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
    • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

School Psychologists Department Staff

Kevin Brownlie

Titles: Psychologist Intern
Locations: Central

Johanna Bruckner

Titles: Psychologist
Locations: Central
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8579

Deanne Doherty

Titles: Psychologist
Locations: Central
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8268

Mary Gallagher

Titles: Psychologist
Locations: Central
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8578

Zoey Shulman

Titles: Psychologist Intern
Locations: Central