Alumni testimonials, School Psychology

What do graduates of the School Psychology program think about their experiences at the University of Dayton? Read insights from our alumni below:

Rachel (Paputsakis) Binnix, NCSP

School Psychologist, West Carrollton School District

I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009, and I am currently a school psychologist practitioner. I chose a career working in a public school setting, serving children from first through eighth grade. While I have always wanted to be a positive support system to children, it was the school psychology program at the University of Dayton that gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to make it a reality. The comprehensive program and the training that I received at the University of Dayton were remarkable and absolutely exceeded my expectations.

Dana Doran-Myers, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Hamilton County Educational Services Center

My time at University of Dayton began in the fall of 2008. I knew I wanted to go into a school psychology program field that recognized research, collaboration, and critical thinking, and the school psychology program at UD gave me just that. I was given great opportunities for applying the theories I learned in the classroom through graduate assistant programs, practicum experiences in local school districts, and presenting research at state and national conventions. My professors and fellow students created a supportive atmosphere that was challenging, yet so rewarding. By the end of my internship in 2011, I felt eager and ready to begin my career. I am currently a school psychologist for Hamilton County Educational Service Center. The training I received at UD gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to succeed in my career. I continue to collaborate with peers and professors from my graduating class, and I am so thankful for my time at UD! 

Lindsay Osborne, NCSP

School Psychologist, Logan-Hocking School District

Dr. Davies and the other professors do a great job of training students for the real world.

Alexandra (Walk) Riggs, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Dublin City Schools

The UD School Psychology program gave me all the technical and practical skills I needed to become a school psychologist. Since graduating from the program, I have worked in urban and suburban districts, with children from preschool through high school. The faculty at UD prepared me to work with students, teachers, and parents to make a positive difference in the lives of children. There's no doubt in my mind that UD has had a positive impact on the professional opportunities I have had!

Regina Strauder, M.S., Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Sycamore Community Schools

The School Psychology Program at the University of Dayton helped make me competent in best practices within the field. The preparation prepared me to positively impact the lives of students. The professors are very dedicated to the students and the field of school psychology. Many of them have been in the schools and have wonderful insight on information a school psychologist needs to be successful. The program gives you practical skills that you can use in your career as well as a solid foundation in the Response to Intervention approach. 

Daniel Trunk, Ed.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Beavercreek School District

I feel the school psychology graduate program at the University of Dayton has given me the skills necessary to practice at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school settings. The intricate combination of coursework and fieldwork experiences helped me learn theoretical aspects of the profession while at the same time gaining real-world experience. The program focuses on current topics, including Response-to-Intervention, social development, crisis prevention, and consultation, which are essential to the ever-changing role of the school psychologist.

Katie Weber, M.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools

I have found in my work as a school psychologist that we, in this position, are expected to be well versed in virtually everything that children in school could experience. This ranges from mental health issues to the processes of learning, from medical diagnosis to school climate and bullying. Not only has my education from the University of Dayton’s School Psychology Program covered this vast range, but it has also emphasized the overarching, fundamental skills that practitioners must have to navigate successfully in this profession. Critical thinking, problem solving, consultation, being a consumer of research—these are all things that were continually reinforced in my schooling and things that I use on a daily basis.