Psychologists

York School psychologist                               
Aligns with the following counselors/programs:
Amy Burton
(630) 617-2367
aburton@elmhurst205.org
Julie Feldkamp-Pradhan
Andrew Fuller
Ashley Tucker
Samantha French
(630) 617-2359
sfrench@elmhurst205.org
Kara Dollaske
Karla Goldman
Trisha Weber
Laura Gonzalez Coloccia
(Bilingual Spanish)
(630) 617-2346
lgonzalezcoloccia@elmhurst205.org
Section 504
Linda Johnson
(630) 617-2495
ljohnson@elmhurst205.org
Bill Gardner
Lisa Julian
Ryan Walz
Diana Sanchez
(Bilingual Spanish)
dsanchez@elmhurst205.org
Diane Oliveros

What School Psychologists Do

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to support teachers and parents with effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.

In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services.

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.

Evaluation

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
  • Evaluate learning environments.
  • Use student data to make informed decisions.

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management.
  • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.

Prevention

  • Help school team design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.

Research and Planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.