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Preparing Future Utah School Psychologists Grant


In Utah, as well as nationwide, there is a shortage of qualified school psychologists. The University of Utah School Psychology program has received IDEA funding through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) to address this shortage by preparing future school psychologists for practice in Utah Schools. This funding supports three students over a two-year period as they complete coursework in the School Psychology program—preparing them to become experts in school-based assessment, intervention, and systems change. Upon graduation, these students will be license-eligible and able to immediately impact student, teacher, and school outcomes in Utah school districts.

For 2020 to 2022 period, the three students supported by the Preparing Future Utah School Psychologists are Brach Burton, Bethany Jorgensen, andJeremy Meservy. The USBE provided additional support for the 2021 to 2023 period, funding an additional eight students. These students are Madison Beckstead, Nolan Behr, Jocelyn Cazier, Alyssa Laird, Anne Lemons, Taylor Lynch, Ashlee Watkins, and Alli Wenzbauer. For the 2022 to 2024 period, the USBE provided support for eight additional students: Jessie Fiat, Kennedy Onell, Erin O’Connor, Madeline Walker, Kristina Changkiendee, Nolan Behr, Sara Mathis, and Megan Wall. For the 2023 to 2025 period, the USBE provided support for eight additional students: Colby Hoskinson, Kylie Jacobson, Mackenzi Kough, Mikelle Olsen, Mahala Olsen, Ben Gomez Rogerson, Ashlyn Peters, and Ashlyn Funn. The grant is directed by Keith Radley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, Director of Training of the School Psychology program.

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Last Updated: 2/6/24