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Core Faculty for Master's in Counseling

The Master's in Science (MS) Counseling Program's Core Faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in strength-based intervention, social-emotional and cognitive behavioral intervention and assessment, neuropsychological assessment of learning disabilities, child therapy, consultation, counseling theories, and multi-cultural training.

Core School Psychology faculty are trained as a School Psychologist and/or Licensed Clinical Psychologist and work in schools and private practice to bring real-life experiences to teaching. Our Program partners with adjunct faculty who work full time in schools, special education agencies, and/or clinics/private practice. Our expertise are unique that offer our trainees a wide range of support to build skills and knowledge from research to real world practice.  

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Dr. Oanh Tran, School Psychology Program Coordinator
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Dr. Oanh Tran, School Psychology Program Coordinator

Social and Emotional Learning; Assessment and Interventions

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Dr. Greg Jennings, Department Chair
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Dr. Greg Jennings, Department Chair

Mental Health Consultation; Collaborative Well-being

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Dr. Jack Davis, Clinical Supervisor
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Dr. Jack Davis, Clinical Supervisor

Neuropsychology; Nonverbal LD

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Dr. Kavita Atwal, School Psychology
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Dr. Kavita Atwal, School Psychology

MTSS/Bullying Intervention

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Nancy Deatrick
Dr. Nancy Deatrick, MFT Program Coordinator
Terry Soohoo
Dr. Terry Soohoo, MFT Faculty
Terry Soohoo
Dr. Terry Soohoo, MFT Faculty

Multi-cultural issues in psychotherapy;Brief Multicultural Integrative Therapy

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Dr. Ulash Thakore-Dunlap
Dr. Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, School Counseling Program Coordinator

Adjunct School Psychology Faculty

Our adjunct faculty/lecturers brings diverse and valuable experiences from the field. Their background ranges from marriage and family therapists in private practice to school psychologists to administrators to licensed educational psychologists.
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May Nguyen, MS, NCSP, LEP
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May Nguyen, MS, NCSP, LEP

School Psychologist; Volunteer for Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services

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Dr. Kevin Comartin, Psy.D.; LEP
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Dr. Kevin Comartin, Psy.D.; LEP

School Psychologist; Assessments for Reading Disorder & Dyslexia

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Kristin Porter
Kristin Porter, LMFT
Kristin Porter
Kristin Porter, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

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Sashley Harris
Sashley Harris, MS
Sashley Harris
Sashley Harris, MS

School Psychologist

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Christina Miller
Christina Miller, MS
Christina Miller
Christina Miller, MS

School Psychologist

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Dr. Amy Allen
Dr. Amy Allen, Ph.D., LMFT
Dr. Amy Allen
Dr. Amy Allen, Ph.D., LMFT

School Psychologist & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Marie Le
Dr. Marie Le, Ph.D.
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Dr. Marie Le, Ph.D.

School Psychologist

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Program Evolvement

The School Psychology Program at California State University, East Bay is a three-year, full-time School Psychology program.  It was formally introduced as a distinctive course of study within the Department of Educational Psychology in 1972 and was submitted to the Teacher Preparation and Licensing Board as an experimental program in anticipation of the Ryan Act. Following its first formal approval under the Ryan legislation in 1976, the program has been revised many times in response to the changing needs of schools, families and children.

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Training Philosophy and Goals

The Training Philosophy of the program is to prepare graduate students to become credentialed School Psychologists who demonstrate skill, knowledge, and competency in the NASP 2020 Training Standard domains. This training foundation is based on two years of sequenced coursework that integrates theory and school psychology content with University and district supervised field-based practice. The Internship year, third year of full-time field experience, provides professional experience and supervision.

Our theoretical orientations range from scientist-practitioner to ecological-behavioral models; we emphasize data-based decision making, comprehensive assessments, strength-based, and problem-solving. Our students learn about collecting data, applying theory and best-practice approaches to data-based assessments, implementing interventions, and evaluating efficacy of services. 

The Goals of the program are to provide NASP Training-Standards based on instruction, field-based placements, and cohort learning opportunities to develop 1) foundation for practice, 2) professional skills and knowledge, 3) competency demonstration, and 4) professional identity. The program curriculum builds upon a rigorous sequence of course content, field experience and assignments, individual reflection and case studies, and group supervision and collaboration.

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Program Overview

The Program integrates field-based experiences with NASP-Training Skill Domain-focused course assignments specifically designed to be carried out in school settings all three years. Great effort is devoted to providing students with experiences that are most appropriate to their particular level of readiness, with the difficulty and complexity of assignments increasing steadily as students’ progress through the program and grow in their training.  Each course is specifically designed to include field site applications and assignments to further develop skills for working with children, adults, and families. 

From the point of admission (with prerequisite courses providing a starting foundation for pre-practicum training) to the point of graduation, every student completes a hierarchically organized sequence of courses. All students take the same required sequential courses as a cohort. Each course is designed to address specific requirements and standards, as consistent with state and national criteria for excellence.

PROGRAM MISSION: TO PREPARE COLLABORATIVE LEADERS, COMMITTED TO PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND DEMOCRACY, WHO WILL INFLUENCE A DIVERSE AND INTERCONNECTED WORLD.