Role of School Psychologist

School Psychologists
(812) 349-4756
Gray Estabrook, Ph.D., Christine Calvin, Ed.S., Cheryl Lewandowski, Ph.D., Sarah
Sanders, Ph.D., Sarah Ragonese, Ph.D., Renee Wahl, Ed.S.
The role of the school psychologist is to help students succeed academically, socially,
and emotionally. To accomplish this, they collaborate with the school administrators
and teachers to identify and use various academic and behavioral strategies to
address student needs and improve overall school support systems. Services
provided by the school psychologist fall into these main categories:
Consultation: Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents through:
Discussing student concerns in learning and behavior, and brainstorming
positive intervention solutions
Helping others understand child development & how it influences learning &
Strengthening working relationships between educators, parents, community
members & groups
Evaluation: Use a variety of techniques to evaluate:
Academic (reading, math, and writing), adaptive, & social-emotional skills
Learning environment through classroom observation
Effectiveness of interventions through progress monitoring
Eligibility for special education (IEP) decisions
Consult with teachers on developing effective academic or behavioral
interventions to increase student success
Work collaboratively with children & families
Assist school personnel in developing behavioral intervention plans with staff
to help students achieve positive behavior outcomes
Provide necessary staff training for best practices in working with specific
populations and classroom management techniques
Involvement in district & school-wide committees to increase the effectiveness
of academic programs, behavior management systems, & other services