• Welcome to our website. You will find information about our department and staff as well as its APA accredited Internship Program. For more specific information about the district and the surrounding area please return to the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD home page at www.cfisd.net. As noted this site also contains information about our APA accredited Internship Program. We utilize the APPIC "Universal Application" and verification forms that you may download from the APPIC website at: www.appic.org

Responsibilities

  • The Department of Psychological Services strives to provide quality, broadly based psychological services to the entire school district through a comprehensive service delivery system. Responsibilities of the department include:

    • Assisting in the development, implementation, training, and on-going operation of preventative programs including staff/teacher in-service trainings, district and campus wide crisis intervention efforts, and suicide prevention.
    • Providing indirect services such as consultation to teachers/staff/parents on behalf of students considered at risk for emotional/behavioral interference with their education.*
    • Providing direct services to small targeted groups of students who are determined to be in most extreme risk of school failure due to emotional/behavioral factors. These services include comprehensive psychological evaluations for the purpose of qualifying students under Texas Education Agency (TEA) criteria for handicapping conditions such as Emotional Disturbance or Autism as well as the provision of regularly scheduled individual and/or group counseling sessions.*

    * With written informed consent or as part of a special education program, district psychologists and psychology interns provide direct/indirect psychological services to students following referral by appropriate school district personnel/IEP committee. Sometimes in a crisis situation psychologists/psychology interns may meet with a student without parent/guardian consent. 

     

     

THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

  • The Department of Psychological Services staff appreciates the support of CFISD principals and administration for our service delivery model to the entire 115,000+ student population, their parents, and district employees.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

  • The district's Department of Psychological Services employs thirty-four professional staff, all of whom are licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) as Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP). Thirty-four professional staff members are doctoral level professionals with twenty-four staff also having dual licensure through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as Licensed Psychologists. There are two psychologists who are dedicated to serve on the Mental Health Intervention Team. Currently, our internship program has ten doctoral intern positions in its APA accredited Professional Psychology Intern Training program. Two full-time secretaries and one part-time student assistant complete the members of our department.

    The CFISD Department of Psychological Services has been recognized three times in the past as the most outstanding psychological division of the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) and twice by the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) in 2002 and most recently in 2018. The department received the last Award of Excellence for School Psychological Services given jointly by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Members of the department have been named the "Outstanding School Psychologist" in Texas by the Division of School Psychology, Texas Psychological Association.

    In 2004 the department opened the Family Interaction Training (FIT) Clinic in order to serve students and families in our district. The department’s psychology interns are able to act as therapists under the supervision of licensed staff through “live and video supervision” as well as supervision and processing after the night’s sessions.

    Many of our former psychology Interns are employed as psychologists in schools across the country. Others have chosen a career in academia. Several have become Directors of their own Psychological Services Departments in other districts. Finally, many interns have elected to remain within our department when staff positions become available.

Staff Bios

  • Megan Anderson

  • Sonia Babu

  • Wes Baker

  • Alane Blakely

  • Brittney Brown

  • Latoya Brown

  • Gayle Callahan

  • Rebecca Clayton

  • Michelle Delaune

  • Erin Faith

  • Artesia Franklin

  • Sara Glennon

  • Jamie Griffin

  • Melissa Hamilton Grisdale

  • Charles Hallmark

  • Taryn H. Gore

  • Elizabeth Kenney

  • Alicia Knight

  • Karen Lake

  • Trinh Le

  • TK Nguyen

  • John Nomura

  • Michelle Pastorek

  • Elizabeth Perdue

  • Kelsey Perez

  • Erik Reinbergs

  • Traci Schluter

  • Robin Schifano

  • Emily Srisarajivakul

  • Elizabeth Storey

  • Meredith Takahashi

  • Allyson Topps

  • James Upright

  • Sarah Wehrly

  • Brittany Whipple

  • Emily Wingate

  • Dierdre Wood