School Psychologist Student Amy Shatila named Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Education

Amy ShatilaWhen presented with new opportunities to advance her learning beyond the basic requirements, Amy consistently takes advantage of these options. For example, when I told my students that I was interested in presenting some multicultural research at a national conference, Amy volunteered to co-present with some other students. This enthusiasm has resulted in an extraordinary number of presentations and publications for a specialist-level student:


Lasser, J., Dark, L., Beam, K., Morris, M., Shatila, A. (2015). The Multicultural Transformation of a School Psychology Course: Process and Outcomes. Trainer’s Forum.


Kneedler, S., Shatila, A. L., & Jantz, P.B. (February, 2014). Persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS): Chicken or egg? Paper presented at the National Association of Schoo Psychologists Annual Conference, Orland, Fl. Refereed

Jantz, P. B., Kneedler, S., & Shatila, A. (March 2015). Traumatic Brain Injury: Transition, Assessment and Intervention. Invited two-day workshop presented at Region 13 Education Service Center, Austin, TX.

NASP proposal accepted:

Shatila, A., Tolle, K., & Plotts, C. Evaluation School Psychologists’ Use of Neuropsychological Evaluations. Submitted to the National Association of School Psychologists for the 2016 Annual Convention.

Manuscript in progress:

Plotts, C., Greenwood, K., Shatila, A., & Tolle, K. Training School Psychologists in Psychopharmacology Consultation. Manuscript proposal submitted Sept. 1, 2015 to Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, Special Issue on School Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care Collaboration.

Before starting internship, Amy came to class very open minded and “eager to learn and uncover areas of personal ignorance” (taken from her final reflection paper). She engaged in critical reflection and difficult conversations on whiteness and privilege and the potential impact it can have on the diverse students and families she works with. Amy has developed a critical consciousness and seeks to be an advocate for all students.