Why are you a School Psychologist?


As I progress throughout my internship year and meet so many different school psychologists, this question has been running through my mind: “Why are you a school psychologist?”  I will begin interviewing for positions soon and believe that a question similar to this may be asked, “Why do you want to become a school psychologist?”

I would love to know why school psychologists started in the field and continue to stay in the field.  I would also love to know why psychologists may have started in the field and moved on to a different field, such as becoming a professor.  These are great questions for anyone, at any level in the field to consider.

There are many different reasons that a person begins and continues through a specific profession.  So, as we embark on a new year ask yourself why you are, are becoming, continue to be, –  a school psychologist.


NYASP Conference 2013!

The NYASP Conference for 2013 is right around the corner!   This year’s theme is “Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist: Balancing Theory & Practice.”


When: October 24th – 26th, 2013 (Thursday – Saturday morning)

Where it will be held: Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

Registration information: Register online or you can register by filling out a paper registration

This is a great event for graduate students, professionals in the field, professors, etc.  The presentations for this conference this year are so relevant to our field and I can’t wait to attend!  By participating you will meet a lot of professionals from all of New York State.   Making those type of connections is priceless and so is the knowledge you will gain by attending this year’s conference.

We hope you can join us this year — Register today!

Call for Proposals for the 2013 NYASP Conference!

Even though it is April plans are coming together for the big NYASP 2013 conference! Proposals for Conference 2013 will be accepted Feb. 1, 2013 – May 31, 2013

The NYASP Conference 2013 will be held in White Plains, N.Y. October 24-26. The theme of the 2013 NYASP Conference is Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist, and focuses on the many hats that we wear as school psychologists. We understand that school psychologists are both scholars and practitioners. To that end, the conference committee has endeavored to pair theory and practice, offering workshops on applied, solution-oriented activities which are based upon sound theory and best practice.

Current workshop topics include identification and treatment of learning disabilities, prevention through PBIS, RTI and other Tier II activities, bullying, spectrum disorders, ADHD/executive function, early childhood, emotional disorders and behavioral health.

The conference will also feature two panels focusing on school-based programs on PBIS and Autism Spectrum Disorders. If your school has a particularly effective and innovative program that you are particularly proud of, please consider submitting a proposal to be included on the panel. We are soliciting papers from our membership that would reflect the theme and the goals of the conference.

Papers should be submitted via the NYASP website no later than May 31, 2013. Instructions for submitting your proposal is detailed on the NYASP Call for Proposal site.

NYASP 2012 Conference

If you are a NYASP member, I am sure you are aware that the NYASP 2012 state conference is right around the corner.

The theme this year is, “Families and Schools: Together We Can Do Great Things.”  A tentative speaker schedule can be found here (which was updated on 09/15/2012).

If you want to get a little head of schedule and plan out your days at the conference, check out the entire three day schedule of the conference.  Most importantly, if you have not register for the event please feel free to here.

See views like this at the 2012 NYASP Conference!

Recap of NYASP 2011:

Last year I attended my first NYASP conference at the Turning Stone and let me tell you it was a great first experience.  I was only able to make the conference for one day but it was an amazing peek into the world of a NYASP.  I had the pleasure of listening to Temple Grandin speak.  She had a captivated audience of hundreds at her finger tips who were all actively engaged and taking notes

Since it was my first NYASP conference I had no real expectations of what I would see or learn.  Going in with open eyes and ears allowed me to fully take in the experience NYASP has to offer.

There were so many different speakers I had the opportunity to see it was hard to just pick one during each session.  I also had the ability to go and see other graduate students presenting with their posters and discussing the research they are doing or will be doing in the near future.

The NYASP conference gives an opportunity for students and professionals to connect and learn from one another.  Make sure you are registered for this year!

Thanks for Listening,

Student Voice

Share your experiences of NYASP 2011 and what you hope to get from NYASP 2012 below in the comments section!