Candidate Statements for Division 16. School Psychology

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Enedina Garcia Vazquez, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

Identity to me is extremely important and throughout my life my Latina identity has been key. My professional identity has been as a school psychologist. This is why it is an honor to run for president-elect of Division 16. The Division’s long history in promulgating evidence based practices will be the foundation for my own presidential initiatives. As my values are consistent with the Division’s, as noted in the bylaws particularly those that blend the strengths of the profession with social responsibility, my presidential initiatives will be on advancing practices that serve children and families through culture, language and social justice, thus supporting the Social Justice and Child Rights working group. A goal would be to expand networks that enhance positive impact for children and families by developing resources, such as briefs, webinars and blogs, and use social media outlets to communicate resources. I also believe that mentoring is central to advancing the profession for students and early career professionals. This means that we need to pay close attention on preparing the next generation of school psychologists in meeting the academic and mental health needs of a 21st century demographic. These initiatives can go hand in hand and I would lead the Division in advancing student programming; perhaps we could link to undergraduate organizations to increase the pipeline through mentoring and increase the diversity of our students. It will be essential to network with other divisions to make school psychology “the” influential division across disciplines.




Candidate: Jacqueline Brown, PhD

Office: Secretary

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to run as a candidate for the position of Secretary for APA Division 16 (D16). I am currently in my fourth year as assistant professor of psychology at the University of Montana where my primary role is a trainer of school psychologists. I have been actively involved in leadership positions within D16 for the past seven years, beginning as Secretary of the Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) organization for two consecutive terms. More recently in the past five years, I held positions within the D16 Early Career Professionals (ECP) Workgroup, including being Chair in 2016 and 2017. As Chair of the ECP Workgroup, I provided leadership in supporting D16 goals and initiatives, including helping create resources, providing convention programming, and planning and implementing webinars targeting the needs of early career psychologists. I also represented ECPs at annual meetings of the D16 Executive Committee (EC). In addition, I am currently a member of the D16 Continuing Education Committee and have been on the Editorial Board of School Psychology Quarterly since 2015. My existing knowledge of the D16 mission and initiatives will be beneficial for the position of Secretary. If elected for this position, I would utilize this knowledge to suggest new initiatives and help ensure that D16 is continuing to meet the needs of professionals at various career stages, as well as those working in teaching, research, and practice settings. Thank you for considering me as Secretary for the Division 16 Executive Committee.




Candidate: Julia Ogg, PhD

Office: Secretary

Candidate Statement:

Dear fellow Division 16 Members, I am honored to be nominated to serve as the Division 16 Secretary. I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University in the School Psychology Program. In my role as a trainer, I have most enjoyed teaching about and studying how to best support children with externalizing behavior and their families. I previously served our Division as the 2016 Convention Co-Chair, as the 2017 Convention Chair, and currently as the 2018 Convention Past Chair. Through this role, I have appreciated the opportunity to work alongside the Division leadership to develop an engaging and strong convention program.

As the Division 16 Secretary, I would work with the leadership of the Division to positively represent school psychology. My attention to detail would be well-suited to help organize and structure leadership efforts. In addition, I believe that clear and timely communication to the members of Division 16 is essential, and if elected I would work with the executive committee to facilitate communication with members. Thank you for considering me for Division 16 Secretary.




Candidate: Bonnie Kaul Nastasi, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

Bonnie Kaul Nastasi, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 1986, School Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Science and Engineering, at Tulane University. Dr. Nastasi co-directs a trauma specialization in the School Psychology PhD Program at Tulane. Dr. Nastasi’s research focuses on the use of mixed methods designs to develop and evaluate culturally appropriate assessment and intervention approaches for promoting mental health and reducing health risks such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, both within the US and internationally. She has worked in Sri Lanka since 1995 on development of school-based programs to promote psychological well-being and directed a multi-country study of psychological well-being of children and adolescents with research partners in 12 countries from 2008-2013. She was one of the principal investigators of an interdisciplinary public health research program to prevent STIs among married men and women living in the slums of Mumbai, India from 2002-2013. She is active in promotion of child rights and social justice within the profession of school psychology and has directed the development of a curriculum for training school psychologists internationally on child rights, a joint effort of International School Psychology Association (ISPA), International Institute of Child Rights & Development, APA’s Division 16, and Tulane University’s School Psychology Program. She is past-president of Division 16 and past co-chair of APA’s Committee for International Relations in Psychology (CIRP). Currently, Dr. Nastasi is APA Council Representative for Division 16 and is President of ISPA.




Candidate: Linda A. Reddy, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I have been privileged to serve Division 16 for several years (e.g., President 2014; VP of Publications and Communications 2007-2012) as well as APA (e.g., CODAPAR 2009-2012; Violence Against Teachers Task Force 2008-2011; Board of Professional Affairs 2013-2016). I am deeply honored to be nominated as a Division candidate for a seat on the APA Council of Representatives. The Council of Representatives deliberates and sets APA policy. It is in this arena that the broader constituency of APA gets to interact with Division 16 and see what the Division stands for. It is important to have council members who know their division and the APA structure to effectively advocate for children, families, and the research and practice of psychology in school and community settings. We must maintain our professional identity as psychologists in places where others have limited knowledge of our field.

I believe school psychology is one of the most important specialties in APA and has historically embraced inter-professional collaboration. We are the only specialty in APA that has the school as the focus of research, service and policy. We stand at the cross road for psychology and education and bridge evidence-based assessment and intervention to improve children’s health, learning and social/behavioral development. We also understand the importance of both learning and mental health in helping children, families and schools. If elected, I will continue to work diligently with Division 16 members, as well as all APA offices and Divisions to increase the visibility and distinction of Division 16.




Candidate: Samuel Song, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am pleased to be nominated for The APA Council of Representatives (Council). I began my service to our division as an Early Career Psychologist (ECP)-Council Representative. A key issue for APA, which was recently approved by Council, is the accreditation of master’s level programs in health service psychology. The development of this issue needs to include the voice of Division 16, which I have done already and am eager to continue to do by serving another term on Council. Council is complex with a steep learning curve. I am grateful for my first term in this role because it has set the stage for me to accomplish more significant work in this next term. I have taken on key leadership roles during my term as Council Representative; for example, I led the development of Division 16’s support letter of the Council Diversity Work Group (CDWG) and I serve currently on two caucuses’ Executive Committees (i.e., Children, Youth and Families & Ethnic Minority Interests in Psychology).

I have a broad and deep understanding of issues affecting all psychologists and the specialty of School Psychology. Some of my significant leadership experiences include Executive Committee of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP), Program Director, Department Chair, and President of the Trainers of School Psychologists. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an alumnus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am excited to serve you again in this role! Thank you.




Candidate: Prerna G. Arora, PhD

Office: V. P. for Social and Ethical Responsibility, and Ethnic Minority Affairs

Candidate Statement:

I am pleased to be nominated for position of Vice President for Social, Ethical, and Ethnic Minority Affairs (VP-SEREMA) for Division 16. As an early career professional, I would be honored to contribute to the continued success of Division 16 and the field of School Psychology. As VP-SEREMA, I would be excited to support the social and ethical responsibilities of the specialty, to encourage opportunities for ethnic minority participation in the specialty, and to provide opportunities for professional fellowship within the Division. I am confident that I can well represent Division 16 and execute the responsibilities of this office.

I am an Assistant Professor in School/Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. I earned my PhD in School Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and completed a predoctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland. My research and teaching interests focus on improving access to culturally-tailored, evidence-based programming for underserved youth in school and community settings. Previous service to the field and Division has included serving as the first Chair for the Division Early Career Workgroup, Secretary for Division 16, and on the planning committee for the 2017 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference. I would be honored to expand my service by serving as VP-SEREMA of Division 16. Thank you for considering my nomination. 




Candidate: Cheryl Maykel, PhD

Office: Treasurer-elect

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as Treasurer of Division 16. As an early career scholar, I welcome the chance to become more involved in the Division by assuming a role that is critical to supporting the work done within the field of school psychology. I completed my doctoral degree through the school psychology program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut while also adjunct teaching at three Connecticut universities. I then served as an Assistant Professor in the school psychology program at Southern Connecticut State University before accepting a position in the counseling and school psychology programs at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. My research interests are in the areas of mind-body health, including the cognitive and behavioral benefits of physical activity in the classroom.

As Treasurer, it would by my honor to work with the Executive Council during challenging financial times to develop the annual budget, disburse funds accordingly, and to maintain accurate records. I do believe that I possess the skill set necessary to execute the tasks associated with this position with integrity. I value the role of the Division in promoting the field of school psychology and hope to contribute to this effort as Treasurer. Thank you for considering my nomination.




Candidate: Rivka Isabelle Olley, PhD

Office: V. P. for Publications and Communications

Candidate Statement:

Rivka Olley, Ph.D., NCSP, currently Director of Psychological Services Baltimore City schools, was a staff school psychologist (Baltimore County) and operated a private practice in Vermont serving schools and courts. She is licensed in Maryland and certified in NY, VT, and MD. During her tenure with City Schools, the department has added staff, who receive monthly training for two years and all staff receive five workshops. She was also instrumental in creating a specialist and pre-doctoral internship program following APPIC and NASP criteria including extensive intern and supervisor training. Her most notable achievement is the creation of the Prevention and Intervention for Early Learners program that draws on evidence-based interventions and now serves 33 schools. She also created assessment and counseling teams to ensure districtwide compliance.

Dr. Olley is an active leader in the National Association of School Psychologists holding three elected positions: Delegate, Publications Board, and Children’s Fund Board and in selected positions in communications and publications. She is currently a Contributing Editor for the Communique, overseeing urban issues. She chaired the Urban School Psychology Interest Group and is a NCSP reviewer. She coauthored The Role of the School Psychologist in the Identification of Emotional Disability for the state department and authored/co-authored articles for the CQ. Dr. Olley was President and Program Chair of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association and co-created the Vermont Association of School Psychologists serving in several positions. Dr. Olley was honored as Alumna of the Year (2014) for lifetime leadership by Illinois State University.




Candidate: Michelle Perfect, PhD

Office: V. P. for Publications and Communications

Candidate Statement:

I will complete my first term as VP-PC in December, and I am honored to be nominated to run for a 2nd term. Continuity is so important given the tremendous learning curve associated with coordinating the division book series, overseeing School Psychology Quarterly (SPQ) and the School Psychologist, and managing the webinar series. I previously served three years on the D16 Convention Committee (2014-2016; 2015 Chair). I am currently an Associate Professor and Associate Program director of the University of Arizona School Psychology program. With a pediatric school psychology research focus, I have three active federal grants (NSF, NIH, and IES) ranging from school-based programming, hospital-based research, and a training program for underrepresented students to pursue PhDs. With the assistance of early career workgroup members, we began a webinar series, offering topics related to supervision, ethics, and family-school partnerships. Additionally, I spearheaded the application to be a Continuing Education sponsor that would be allow D16 to independently offer CE programming as well as co-sponsor with collaborating organizations and institutions. I would like to continue to be involved in SPQ’s expansion, including the selection and transition of the next editor. If re-elected my goals include 1) work closely with members of the executive committee, journals editors, and publishers to diversify the theoretical, practical, and empirical publications; 2) maintain the strong network of publications and webinars to disseminate evidence-based and innovative practices; and 3) impact the field of school psychology through establishing and strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations. Thank you for your consideration.