Early Career Spotlight
The NASP Early Career Committee spotlights one early career member’s professional work and personal experiences during their first few years of practice. The Spotlights are featured 8 months out of the year (September–June) to coincide with the Communiqué. Click each person's name or photo below to learn more about them. View past spotlights from previous years.
If you or an early career school psychologist you know would like to be featured in the Early Career Spotlight, please complete this form to nominate them. Please note: Nominee must be a current NASP member.
Hailey Gray, SSP, NCSP, Morgan Benge, SSP, NCSP, and Brittany Lewno-Dumdie, PhD, NCSP
Billings Public Schools, Billings, MT
Morgan, Hailey, and Brittany work for Billings Public Schools in Montana. They each serve at least 3 schools and over half of their school psychology department is considered early career. In their Q&A, they each discuss their areas of expertise and how they work collaboratively as a team.
Natalie LaDuke, PhD, LCP, NCSP
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Natalie is the associate director of clinical training in the school psychology department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In her Q&A, she writes about her areas of professional interest, how she has kept those alive in her faculty role, and what she hopes to do in the future.
Sujay Sabnis, PhD, NCSP
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Sujay is an assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH. In his Q&A, he explains how he developed an interdisciplinary concentration in Race and Policy in K–12 Education during his graduate training to meet his professional interests, and why he thinks this work is so important to address different aspects of K–12 schooling. He also shares more about his experiences as a practicum supervisor and his work on the NASP Social Justice Committee.
Colin Streicher, EdS, NCSP
Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO
Colin works at an elementary school and middle school at Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, MO. In his Q&A, he writes about his district’s work to improve response to intervention for academics and why he feels that is so important given the pandemic. He also shares how collaboration has been valuable to him early in his career.
Kelsie Reed, PhD, NCSP
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD
Kelsie works at three schools in Prince George’s County, MD, where she completes psychological evaluations and serves on the Student Intervention Team, positive behavioral interventions and supports team, Social Emotional Learning Committee, and Multicultural Committee. In her Q&A, she discusses how she approaches conversations about difficult topics, such as systemic racism, and how she has found opportunities to learn and grow.
Elizabeth Storey, PhD, LSSP, LP, NCSP
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX
Elizabeth works at a high school and elementary school within Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District outside of Houston, TX. In her Q&A, she discusses her work training interns through the Family Interaction Training Clinic, how she became involved with her psychological services department’s diversity committee, and how she handles others challenging her recommendations because she is new to her role.
Francesca Aldrich, EdS, NCSP
Cherry Hills Public Schools, Cherry Hill, NJ
Francesca works at an elementary school in Cherry Hill, NJ. In her Q&A, she writes about her experience collaborating with a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant and school social worker to deliver services as a team. She also shares how she started a book club for Black History Month to expose her students to diverse stories and different facets of the Black experience and how her colleagues and students have responded to that opportunity.
Emery Mahoney, PhD, NCSP
Emory works at a high school in Sahuarita, AZ, about 20 miles south of Tucson. In her Q&A, she speaks about how reaffirming her first year working as a school psychologist has been even if it was not what she expected as a graduate student, what her internship and practicum experiences taught her about collaboration with other school personnel for increased student access to services, and why she is passionate about mentorship and supervision.
Emily Neubauer, MA, NCSP
Capital School District, Dover, DE
Emily works primarily with elementary students (3-year-olds to fourth grade) at two schools within Capital School District in Dover, DE. In her Q&A, she talks about a program she created to help her district colleagues engage in conversations about systemic racism. She also shares how she’s been working on developing her skills to better serve English language learners and students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
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