The primary purpose of ASPS is to promote mental health. Additionally, ASPS shall represent Texas State University- San Marcos school psychology graduate students as a unified body in order to discuss issues and concerns that affect students, both professionally and academically; to provide opportunities to develop and nurture leadership skills; to allow student mentorship and occasions for sharing relevant resources; to foster professionalism during training; to institute a means to effect changes within the department/program; to sponsor speakers and extra-curricular training; to establish links with professional organizations and school psychology professionals in the community; and to afford networking opportunities for school psychology graduate students.
This is her first year at Texas State.
Teaches: Consultation and Professional Issues in School Psychology (5386) and Assessment of CLD Learners (5378).
Current Research: Implications behind children being home-schooled.
Participation: Pilot program for Strong Minds; teaches students of special needs relaxation techniques and wellness promotion. Volunteers work with diverse athletes of all ages and teach them deep breathing exercises, how to use a stress ball, use self-positive statements, and how to do stretches.
A place she would rather be: is happy in her current place.
Her spirit animal: A Faulcon; they have a longer life span and can see long distances.
Favorite Food: Pizza.
Something you may not know about her: Can speak conversational German.
Background: Dr. Dennison has always enjoyed learning about School Psychology. She enjoyed being in the School Psychology program at Texas State and sees it as a good measurement in student’s abilities that provides opportunities for students to share their knowledge in a meaningful way. After graduating from the School Psychology program, she got her PhD from Texas A&M. She was also an ESL teacher for eight years. She helped teach adults English at Literacy Austin Program and then got her certification at the Czech Republic. This had led her to teach in Costa Rica and Mexico as well, and continues to visit these countries when she can.
Our first event of the new academic year when off without a hitch considering the logistical problems we had setting everything up. We were happy to see all the students who attended, more students than we have ever seen at an ASPS event, and hope everyone had an enjoyable time, mingled, and hopefully will come to our next event, halloween party maybe, and the events we have planned for the remainder of the semester.