President’s Strands

Power of One: Creating Connections

We all have the power as school psychologists to create connections with students, staff, or parents in our daily work. This year’s president’s strands highlight the importance of understanding the vital nature of external connections—the nurturing of social and emotional learning in children and youth—and internal neurological connections that guide behavior and learning.

Strand 1: Creating Connections Through Social and Emotional Learning will be anchored by Roger Weissberg, who will discuss recent advances and future directions of SEL in schools. The strand will include practical application of SEL, both in district practices and educational policies.

Strand 2: Understanding Neuroscience and Neurological Connections Behind Behavior and Learning will be led by Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, who will talk about her work related to the impact of trauma on the brain and how to develop trauma-informed practices. Other presentations in this strand will feature the understanding and application of neuroscience to school psychological practice.

Meet the NASP President

John Kelly, PhD, is a school psychologist in the Commack School District and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in the School Psychology program. He earned his PhD in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Kelly has studied, published, and presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics that include mental and behavioral health services for children, advocacy training for school psychologists, legislative issues related to education and children, violence and bullying prevention, and suicide awareness. Dr. Kelly is on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). He is the current president of NASP. Dr. Kelly has received numerous state and national awards, including the NYS School Practitioner of the Year in 2001 and the NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 2003.

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