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School Outreach Team

The School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center, led by Dr. Sara Whitcomb, offers a variety of school and home-based assessment and consultation services in and around the Pioneer Valley. Our doctoral-level graduate clinicians have expertise in various determinants of students’ academic and behavioral functioning as well as research-based interventions to support children’s success. We are able to conduct comprehensive academic and/or behavioral assessments and provide consultation to parents and school staff regarding how best to address students’ individual needs.

Our team also has expertise in the field of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and we provide systems-level consultation to help schools and districts plan and implement frameworks that encourage positive behavior and academic engagement and that reduce disruptive behavior school-wide.

In addition to assessment and consultation services, we also offer workshops and training on a variety of topics in psychology and child development for special and regular education teachers and aides, student support personnel, administrators, and interested parent groups.