Dr. Stacy Anderson
2009, Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
Argosy University, Phoenix
School Psychologist at Paradise Valley Unified School District and Adjunct Faculty at Argosy University, Phoenix
“Argosy University’s curriculum provided a vast array of methods to promote the integration of knowledge and applied skills within a structured and supervised format. This was critical for me to further develop my skills and utilize best practices when working with families.”
Facilitates Support Services for Students with Severe Communication Challenges
Dr. Stacy Anderson is a school psychologist with Maricopa County’s Paradise Valley Unified School District, facilitating services for students with severe communication challenges and providing special education needs for preschoolers and elementary students. She conducts psychoeducational evaluations, assists with autism evaluations, constructs and facilitates social skills and therapeutic groups and supervises graduate students in the field of psychology. In addition to her work with the school district, Anderson is an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, Phoenix where she teaches courses in diversity, counseling, practicum and psychopathology. She also advises on research as a committee member and chair.
Anderson chose Argosy University based on the school’s practitioner/scholar model. “My goal was to gain an advanced understanding of the human mind and behavior to provide a higher quality of services to children,” she said. “Argosy University’s curriculum provided a vast array of methods to promote the integration of knowledge and applied skills within a structured and supervised format. This was critical for me to further develop my skills and utilize best practices when working with families.”
Anderson earned a Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology from Argosy University, Phoenix. She adds that her education enabled her to pursue her goals to work with children, as well as take on leadership, teaching and supervisory assignments. “There are specific professors and instructors at the university that provided me with guidance, courage and support,” she stated. “They further catalyzed my love of learning about the field of psychology and continue to be phenomenal mentors in my life.”
In addition to her studies at Argosy University, Anderson earned a Master of Science in Counseling from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Her previous experience includes working with mental and behavioral health agencies as a case manager, holding supervisory positions within health agencies and serving as a master’s level therapist. “I worked with diverse populations including those with significant mental/behavioral health challenges, special education needs, refugee communities and youth housed within juvenile correction facilities,” she said.
Anderson recommends that current students seek challenges outside of their comfort levels. “Build and maintain professional relationships during school and in the field,” she states. “Students benefit from developing a professional identity and finding purpose and joy in their chosen profession.”
She’s proud to have successfully co-facilitated and implemented a district unified pre-referral system and a campus wide multi-tier system of supports. Additionally, she worked with local, state and national agencies to pioneer prevention programs and conduct professional development in the community for graduate students and professionals in the field of psychology and education. In collaboration with her administrator, she acquired the gold state award for the implementation of positive behavior intervention and supports for her elementary school campus. Anderson was also nominated to sit on the advisory board for the College of Education at Argosy University.
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