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Core Faculty

School Psychology

At Emporia State’s School Psychology program, the core trainers are tenured professors, with doctorates in school psychology and several decades of experience in the field. If you are interested in working with children with diverse characteristics and backgrounds, and in providing them preventative as well as remedial services to help them achieve success, then our program may be for you.

Associate Professor Kaira Hayes, Ph.D., Program Director, teaches the following courses:

PY 801 School Psychological Consultation

PY 836 School-Based Prevention and Intervention

PY 838 Supervised Practice in School Psychology

PY 836 Prevention/Intervention School-Based Mental Health

PY 841 Assessment of Intelligence

PY 843 Psycho-educational assessment

PY 844 Ed.S. Project

Instructor Kylea Shoemaker, Ph.D., teaches the following courses:

PY 714 Assess Young Children/Special Needs

PY 812 Individual Assessment

PY 835 Seminar in School Psychology

PY 820 Response to Intervention

PY 844 Ed.S. Project

PY 860 Leading Processes to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Professor Jim Persinger, Ph.D., Department Chair teaches the following courses:

PY 844 Ed.S. Project

PY 900 Ed.S. Thesis

PY 910 Internship in School Psychology I

PY 920 Internship in School Psychology II

Past program courses taught:

PY 714 Assess Young Children/Special Needs

PY 812 Individual Assessment

PY 836 Prevention/Intervention School-Based Mental Health

PY 841 Assessment of Intelligence

PY 860 Leading Processes to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Research Interests:

Inclusivity in education, school climate, proactive/ mental health prevention programs, trauma response/recovery, mindfulness-based interventions.


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Although he faced low expectations from a school counselor in high school, Dr. Jim Persinger said the experience became the “key experience that shaped who I am as a professor and mentor.”