Trainers of School 


President's Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), the organization that represents faculty members from both specialist and doctoral training programs in school psychology. 

Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the recent natural disasters, terrorist/hate actions, and disenfranchisement.  It is during these very difficult times that those who prepare future leaders in school psychology must demonstrate leadership and model courage and caring as we help survivors of these traumatic events rebuild their safety and their lives.  

The Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) executive board has had a busy summer planning for the new academic year. Below are a few updates.


As many of you know, the TSP bylaws, under the leadership of Gene Cash, were modified substantively to be consistent with state and national professional associations.  A link to the final document is provided for your reference:

Welcome New Board Members

A wonderful byproduct of the revised bylaws is that our board has expanded!

We are very happy to welcome a number of new members to the TSP executive board: 

Dan Gadke (2017-2020) (Mississippi State University)

Lisa Persinger (2017-2020) (Northern Arizona University)

Melissa Allen Heath (2017-2019) (Brigham Young University)

Kasee Stratton-Gadke (2017-2020) (Mississippi State University)

Devadrita Talapatra (2017-2018) (University of Denver)

It is important to note that the TSP board is a volunteer organization that is extremely cost effective.  TSP board members are not compensated for the time that they dedicate to the functioning of the association, nor for their travel or attendance at the TSP conference.

Committee Chairs

Congratulations to Ron Palomares (Texas Women's University) for being re-elected for a second term.  Ron will be serving as the chair of the Research Committee and will be recruiting TSP members to assist.  TSP welcomes research requests that are aligned with the mission of the association.  Applications are due March 1 and October 1 of each calendar year.  For additional information regarding research submissions, please review the timelines and procedures at the following link

Andrew Shanock will be chairing the School Psychology Shortage Committee.  The goal of this committee is to study and to create an action plan regarding the shortage of applicants to school psychology programs, the reduced number of practitioners in the field, and the limited number of graduates entering academia.  Please reach out to Andrew to participate in this very important initiative.

Thanks to David Hulac for his service as president of TSP during the 2016-2017 academic year. David will be assuming the role of chair of the TSP Accreditation Committee and will serve as the TSP representative on the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Accreditation Advisory Group of the Graduate Education Committee (GEC). 

TSP Conference

The Conference Committee, chaired by president-elect Gene Cash, has had a very productive summer.  Many thanks to Pam Fenning, as well as the faculty and students at Loyola University Chicago, for all of their work in helping to prepare for and to host the 2018 conference.  A memorable Monday evening (February 12th) keynote session is being planned. Details to follow. 

The survey data collected following last year’s conference suggested that most participants enjoyed the option of selecting from three strands consisting of program director/accreditation, teaching, and research/statistical methods for our Tuesday, February 13th  programming. Conference proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2017.  Continuing education (CE) credit and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) continuing professional development (CPD) credit will be offered through co-sponsorship with Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  Additional information regarding the various sessions will be disseminated via email and will be posted on the TSP website over the next few months.

A call for proposals for the TSP poster session will be disseminated shortly.  Tammi Ohmstede leads this wonderful event, which we (and our students) look forward to each year. Thanks to Pam Fenning for agreeing to serve as chair of the Scholarship Committee.  Due to the generous donations of our publishing company sponsors, we are fortunate to be able to provide financial support to a number of extremely accomplished students.  Also, be on the lookout for information to nominate your colleagues for the Trainer of the Year award.  Additional information regarding the nomination process for both the trainer award and student scholarships will be disseminated by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

Web Updates

Natasha Segool, our Webmaster, has done a tremendous job in moving our website to the Wild Apricot platform.  The look is extremely polished and very easy to navigate. Natasha is mentoring Dan Gadke and Kasee Stratton-Gadke to take over this very important position as she prepares for a sabbatical.  We wish all the best to Natasha and thank her for her tremendous service to TSP!


We are extremely grateful that Stacy Williams has agreed to continue to serve as TSP Membership Chair this year.  Stacy works closely with faculty directors and program administrators to ensure that your institution is able to process your annual membership.  We sincerely hope that your institution chooses to join/renew your membership to your professional association, the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP).  An overview regarding the benefits of membership will be posted on the TSP listserv and on the TSP website shortly.


TSP Executive Board Updates

Welcome back to our treasurer, Jim Deni, who has been instrumental in developing sponsorships with the test publishers.  Jim works tirelessly to ensure that we have access to the extremely valuable assessment resources that you receive at the TSP conference each year, the scholarships for our students, and the food and drink provided during our continuing professional development and social activities.

Kasee Stratton-Gadke, who is newly elected to the TSP executive board, has agreed to serve as secretary of the association.  Given the revisions to our bylaws, the position of secretary is three-year officer position.  Thank you to Kasee for agreeing to serve in this extremely important position.

We are also very fortunate to have the knowledge and expertise of our advisory board, which consists of the three most recent past presidents,  Paul Jantz, Wendy Cochrane, and Cynthia Hazel.  In addition to serving as a member of the advisory board, Paul Jantz will also take over as the editor of our journal, the Trainers’ Forum.  The associate editors of the journal include past-president of TSP, Wendy Cochrane, and former TSP executive board member and former chair of nearly every committee on the board, Carrie Ball.  In addition, Tammy Hughes and Sam Song, both former TSP presidents serve on the Trainers’ Forum Advisory Board.  Paul and his committee bring a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the journal and we look forward to the next edition. We sincerely appreciate the dedication and leadership of Kelly Kennedy who recently completed her term as editor of the Trainers’ Forum.

Many thanks to Scott Napolitano for his service as secretary and Anisa Goforth who served as chair of the Research and Accreditation Committees.  We are grateful for their leadership and wish them all the best in their professional and personal pursuits.

With the support of our incredibly talented and hard-working board I look forward to a productive and exciting year.  I hope that you consider joining our organization, volunteering to serve in our various committees, and attending our annual conference.  Please reach out to me or to any of our board members for additional information regarding how you may be involved or to share your suggestions regarding how we can best serve our membership.

As you may remember, last year the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) disseminated a statement on the 2016 election and campaign process (   Unfortunately that deep sense of divisiveness exposed following the election appears to grow larger with each passing day. Now more than ever, the role of faculty members as school psychology graduate educators is crucial to foster an environment of inclusiveness.   I encourage all of you to reflect upon the graduate program with which you are affiliated and evaluate the curriculum to determine how you are preparing the school psychologists of tomorrow in the area of social justice. A task force, led by Stacy Williams and Anisa Goforth, will be working to provide resources on the web to help support faculty as they self-evaluate their programs in this area.

I am humbled to be provided with the opportunity to serve as president of TSP. Whether our colleagues are preparing to teach a new course or honoring one of our own, TSP is the organization that each of us turns to in order to provide us with as sense of community and support.

I wish all of you a very happy, productive new academic year!!

Warm regards, 

Sarah Valley-Gray

President, Trainers of School Psychologists



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Mission Statement

TSP is committed to innovation and excellence in graduate training programs for specialist and doctoral school psychologists. Our purpose is to foster high quality training in school psychology programs. We work toward this goal by examining current trends in graduate education programs, providing professional growth opportunities to school psychology faculty, facilitating communication with field based supervisors, and supporting legislative efforts that promote diversity and excellence in training.

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