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.

  • FS02: NASP Distinguished Lecture: Strategies to Establish Social and Emotional Learning in U.S. Schools by 2025 (Roger Weissberg)
  • FS04: Time for SEL 2.0: Skills and Virtues, Schools of Character (Maurice J. Elias)
  • DS06: Improving Classroom Management, School Discipline, and School Climate (George Bear)
  • DS08: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Students (Todd A. Savage & Leslie Lagerstrom)
  • FBS03: Promoting Social Justice: Nuts, Bolts, and Lessons From the Field (Charles A. Barrett, Elizabeth Rose A'Vant, Niekema Q. Hudson, Daphne Perry, & Khadijah N. Cyril
  • FBS04: School-Based Social–Emotional and Behavior Screening: Using Data to Guide Interventions (Katie Eklund & Steve Kilgus)
  • MS086: Enhancing Emotion Regulation and Happiness Through Blending Innovative SEL Programs (James Mazza)
  • SY045: Alternative Approaches to Assessing Social and Emotional Competence (Paul LeBuffe)

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.

  • FS01: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Elaine Fletcher-Janzen)
  • MS083: The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions (Steven Feifer)
  • MS252: Neuropsychology for School Psychologists: Grand Rounds (Jessica Reinhardt)
  • PA497: The Neuroscience of Anxiety: Building the Brain (Amanda Slonaker)
  • MS202: Reconceptualizing ADHD: A Brain-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention (Amanda Skierkiewicz)
  • SS018: PSW Method for SLD Eligibility: Empirical Findings and Case Studies (Jack Naglieri, Mary Moreno-Torres, Steven Feifer, Jana Parker, & Tulio Otero)
  • SY052: Neurofeedback: The State of the Evidence for School-Related Disorders (Justin Barterian)

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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