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School Psychology Student Profiles

Cordava Aranda
Cordava Aranda
My name is Cordava Aranda, and I am in my second year of the School Psychology Program at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU). I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Sciences in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from SFASU in 2015. Currently, I am the secretary of the SFASU School Psychology Student Organization. My research interests include learning disorders and emotional and behavioral disorders within the academic setting. I have experience with psychoeducational assessment and interventions programs in the school setting through the School Psychology program. In the future, I would like to work within a school helping children to meet and maintain academic excellence and behavioral norms of the given setting. In addition, I enjoy spending my free-time with my family and friends participating in outdoor activities such as the following: swimming, soccer, and other recreational activities. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have related to myself or the School Psychology Program at SFASU.
Juliet Aura
Juliet Aura
My name is Juliet Aura. I am an international student from Nairobi Kenya and I'm currently a second year student on the doctoral track of the School Psychology program here at Stephen F. Austin State University. I hold bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. My interests in field of school psychology include assessment, individual classroom and school wide intervention implementation, positive behavior support and counselling. Currently my research is on aggression in schools with a focus on verbal aggression. Through the school program, I have had the opportunity to shadow an LSSP at Nacogdoches ISD which further confirmed to me that I was in the right program, I have taken part in psychoeducational assessment and presented in several conferences on research done with my professors in the program. Currently I am the Vice President of the School Psychology Students Association as well as the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) student representative for SFA. I plan on working in school districts, get fully licensed as a psychologist and eventually get into private practice. When I am not in school or at work, I like to hang out with friends and once in a while visit places in East Texas that I haven't been to. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program and my experience as an international student.
LaToya Broughton
LaToya Broughton
La' Toya Broughton is a first year graduate student in the School Psychology Doctoral Program. Her primary interests include children of racial-ethnic minority populations. Her future research topic will focus particularly on merging science and psychology components in order to determine various factors affecting children mental health disparities across culture. Previously, she has conducted undergraduate research studying lung cancer, early language & memory development, and racial-ethnic socialization & self-esteem as it correlates to parental bonds. Fortunately, she has been able to receive several travel awards to attend local, regional, and national conferences that provided her the opportunity to present her research. She also has experience including working with youth at an adoption & foster care agency and supervising a social service department for a school district. La' Toya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2013. She now looks forward to receiving excellent clinical training and continued research experience while furthering her education here at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Myesha Chandler
Myesha Chandler
Hey and Howdy! My name is Myesha Chandler. I am from Houston, Texas and I am a 1st year in the School Psychology. I recently obtained my Master's in Social Work here at Stephen F. Austin State University. Upon internship at a State Mental Health Hospital, I gained heightened interest in the patterns and various levels of abnormal brain functioning. I have always been interested in Abnormal Human Behavior as well as Trauma in regards to Brain Development and Cognitive Functioning. I have a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from SFA as well. In regards to research, I must learn more about Cognitive Development, DSM IV Diagnosis, Juvenile Delinquency, and Adolescent Stress and Trauma for the purpose of assessing more closely abnormal human behavioral functioning to work with juveniles in the Criminal Justice system and adolescents seeking services. I have presented at the Graduate Research Conference, local quarterly Board Meetings, and the Mission Possible Conference. I am currently the Social Chair of the School Psychology Club and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Honor Society. In the past I was an active member of the Association of Graduate Students in Social Work (AGSSW), the Treasurer of the Psychology Club, and the Publicist Chair of the Criminal Justice Association. In my free time I thoroughly enjoy Yoga! I l also love to travel, fish, bar-b-que, trail ride, and paint! When I graduate, I will work with adolescents for the purpose of deterring deviant juvenile behavior for the youth early-on and decreasing juvenile crime rates.
Ashley Doss
Ashley Doss
Hello! My name is Ashley Doss and I am a 4th year in the school psychology program on the doctoral track. This is my last year on campus before I prepare for pre-doctoral internship. I recently earned my Master of Arts in School Psychology. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and Master of Arts Certification in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My personal research interests include understanding diversity, research of the ethnic majority culture, and working with military families (active duty, reserves, IRR, veteran status). I have presented at local, state, and national conferences, including Mission Possible (in Nacogdoches, TX), TASP (Texas Association of School Psychologists), and APA (American Psychological Association), and NASP (National Association of School Psychologists). Previous positions I have held include: LSSP Intern, President of the School Psychology Student Organization (SPSO), and campus representative for the Student Association of School Psychology (SASP). Currently, I am past-president for SPSO, the Graduate Student Section Editor for the TASP Journal: Research and Practice in the Schools: The Official Journal of the Texas Association of School Psychologists, a graduate assistant, and a doctoral practicum student, working within the School Psychology Assessment Center (SPAC). In my free time, I enjoy being a mom to a young little boy and wife to a veteran Marine. When I have the opportunity, I enjoy exploring new locations, and love to travel, go camping, hiking, kayaking, and bike rides. After graduation, I plan to work with military families and focus on assisting veteran families transitioning out of the military. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my experience as a student in the program.
Annette N. Fuller
Annette N. Fuller
Hi! My name is Annette N Fuller and I am currently a second year student on the masters' track of the School Psychology program here at Stephen F. Austin State University. I graduated from SFASU with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Middle Level Education with a specialization in Mathematics prior to joining the program in Fall of 2015. My area of research is teacher preparation programs and mental health issues, suicide awareness, prevention and crisis interventions, and middle school/level educators. I am extremely passionate about helping our future teachers become more aware of mental illness that their students might be dealing with and how to assist them to better assist their students. I am also passionate about middle school in general and any ways that I can make the school environment better for teachers, staff, students and parents. Right now, I have had wonderful opportunities such as taking part in psychoeducational assessment, research, and I have presented at our annual brown bag as well as at a major Middle Level conference this past year. I am an officer for our School Psychology Student Organization one of the three in charge of getting our program more involved with different community activities around our area! I am also the campus representative for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). When I am not at work, studying, or in class, you can typically find me running around our beautiful town (literally), reading books, watching FRIENDS, tutoring students in mathematics or hanging at home with my pup. Eventually, I will come back and obtain my Ph.D, so that I can one day work in a mental rehab center for adolescents/young adults. After I graduate with my masters', I would love to work in a large school district working mainly with middle school students and faculty as an assessor, counselor, and prevention/intervention specialist. If you have any questions about our program here at SFA or any questions about my experiences while in the program, feel free to contact me.
DeShae Gatti
DeShae Gatti
Hey! I'm DeShae Gatti and I'm a 6th year doctoral candidate in the SFASU School Psychology Program. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 from SFASU. I enjoyed Nac so much, I decided to pursue my graduate degrees at SFA; earning a Masters in School Psychology in 2016 and ultimately my Ph.D (August 2017!). My research experiences and interests vary across several domains including applied behavior analysis, psychometrics, social skills intervention, body image, implicit and explicit prejudices, complex trauma, and social media. My personal research examines racial/ethnic microaggressions, cognitive complexity, ethnic identity develop on the construct of differentiation of self. As a result of my involvement in research, I have had opportunities to be published in several journals and presented at several conferences hosted by the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Association of Black Psychologist (ABPsi), Office of Multicultural Affairs (SFASU), and East Texas' Area Health Education Center. In addition to conducting research, I worked as a student clinician and administrator in the School Psychology Assessment Center (SPAC), a clinical resource of the SFASU campus and community. I also have supervised experiences in intervention, behavior management, and consultation of individuals representing a wide range of ages, populations, and needs with several school districts. Currently, I am a Predoctoral Psychology Intern at the Center for Psychological Services (CFPS) in Arlington, TX. Upon completion of my doctorate in School Psychology, I aspire to obtain licensure as a Psychologist and commit my professional energy to building connections between scholarship and practice. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Axe 'Em!

Nicole McCully
Nicole McCully
My name is Nicole McCully. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in School Psychology as of Spring 2017. I am a member of both the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). I have a background in peer tutoring children with special needs and behavioral strategies and have also illustrated a small booklet regarding service animal and ADA rights, which I have personal experience with. I am primarily interested in data collection as well as using the gathered information to determine implementation strategies unique to individual cases in this field. I am also interested in the ethical practices in psychological and counseling practices abiding by NASP and APA ethical standards. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding SFA and my own personal experiences.
Brittany McCreary
I am a third year doctoral student in the SFASU School Psychology program. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SFASU as well, with a minor in Linguistics. I am currently completing my masters-level internship at Central ISD. I will have the honor of presenting at the 2017 NASP annual conference this February. I am the former APAGS representative for this campus as well as the former student representative for the program. My interests are varied: I am fascinated by developmental psychology, in particular, the development of pragmatic, semiotic, and figurative language comprehension in children; the role of play in human development; ethics; systems theory and environmental psychology; conversely, my heart lies in helping underprivileged students achieve despite adversity. It has been a positive challenge incorporating these interests into the context of an applied, school psychology program.
Sonya Poole
Sonya Poole
My name is Sonya Parker Poole and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana. My Bachelor's Degree is in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana and my Master's Degree is in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. I have worked in a multitude of settings including: hospice care, mental health rehabilitation, juvenile justice, behavioral health clinics, private practice, and public schools. I truly enjoy the work I get to do in the school setting and the amazing students that I get to meet and interact with. This is why I chose to pursue my Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Completing this degree will allow me to not only provide counseling services but also perform assessments, conduct evaluations, and assist with school based interventions. I currently work with the DeSoto Parish School Board and have a special interest in the impact of bullying and cyberbullying on our adolescent population, implementation of suicide prevention and intervention strategies, protecting the rights of special education students, and the provision of mental health services in the school setting.
Tyesha Stewart
Tyesha Stewart
Hello everyone! My name is Tyesha Stewart and I'm currently a second year student on the doctoral track of the School Psychology program here at Stephen F. Austin State University. I graduated from SFA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Child Family Development prior to entering this program in Spring 2015. My research interest is in applied behavior analysis, class room interventions, and school-wide positive behavior supports system to promote school completion, improve classroom engagement and student's behaviors using self-monitoring. Moreover, I am interested in bulling prevention and reducing disruptive behaviors of students with emotional and behavioral disorders in the elementary school setting. Up to now I have had the opportunity to take part in a psychoeducational assessment, and have presented my research at two conference this past year. Formerly I was the secretary for our School Psychology Student Organization, now I am the current president and the campus representative of Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP). After graduation I look forward to become competent as an assessor, counselor, consultant, and prevention & intervention specialist while gaining experience in the school setting, and then eventually open up my own private practice along with an early childhood center. Since I am family oriented I spend a lot of my free time visiting with family and friends. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program and my experience as a student thus far.
Rebecca Swift
Rebecca Swift
Hello! My name is Rebecca Swift and I'm currently a third year doctoral student at the School Psychology program at Stephen F. Austin State University. I graduated from SFASU with a B.A. in Psychology and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Luis Aguerrevere's Human Neuroscience lab (HNL) for 2 years. I am now a Graduate Assistant for the HNL and I am also working with Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey in the School Psychology Assessment Center administering assessments for college students and community members. Furthermore, I am a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) Intern at Nacogdoches Independent School District assessing children for special education eligibility and providing social skills counseling. Also, I am currently the Social Chair for the School Psychology Student Organization, planning socials and get togethers for the program. After graduation, I plan on achieving another specialization in child neuropsychology and doing contract work with school districts and hospitals. Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish and have lived in Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah. I enjoy watching movies and a good TV show binge session, as well as traveling to new places. I have a passion for riding horses and competed on the SFASU Ranch Horse Team during undergrad. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in this program and learning from experts in the field. Being in the doctoral program and a GA in the HNL has opened many doors and allowed me to make connections in the field of school psychology as well as neuropsychology. I would not want to be anywhere else than the School Psychology Program here at SFASU. Axe 'Em Jacks! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Timothy J. Swift
Timothy J. Swift
Hello, my name is T.J. Swift and I am currently a third year student in the School Psychology Ph.D. program here at SFA. I graduated from SFA in the spring of 2014 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in rehabilitation services. I am currently working in both the Human Neuroscience Lab (HNL) and the School Psychology Assessment Center (SPAC) gaining valuable research and clinical experience for my future career. My research interests are quite varied, but mostly involve Biopsychosocial factors and behavior, more specifically interactions between the brain and behavior how this relates to student success. I have a passion for research and for helping students succeed and I feel like the field of School Psychology offers great opportunities to do both. Up to this point, I have gained valuable experience conducting, writing, and presenting research, completing psychoeducational assessment, and providing various school-based services (counseling, consultation, and intervention). After earning my Ph.D., I look forward to working in the field for a short time then possibly pursuing a faculty position at a university where I can explore my research interests while preparing the next generations of professionals, and/or eventually starting my own private practice with a Neuropsychological emphasis. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, anything involving technology, spending time with my lovely wife and our friends and family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program and my experience as a student.