Sara Whitcomb, PhD

School Outreach Team Clinical Supervisor

Sara Whitcomb, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program in the Department of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She teaches courses pertaining to developmental psychopathology, psychology in the classroom, behavioral assessment, and school-based consultation. Dr. Whitcomb also works with children and families and directs the School Outreach Team, an advanced clinical training team for doctoral students at the UMASS Psychological Services Center.  Dr. Whitcomb works with several school districts on their implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, and her current research efforts include investigation of quality implementation features and consultation related to school-based behavioral and social-emotional learning efforts. She has received research fellowships from the UMASS School of Education and the UMASS Center for Research on Families in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Sara has co-authored several articles, the fourth edition of a textbook entitled, Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment for Children and Adolescence and the Strong Start social-emotional learning curriculum series. Sara has previously held positions as a special education and general education teacher in grades k-8 and as an educational consultant.  Dr. Whitcomb received a BA in Education and Psychology from Boston College, an EdM in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in School Psychology from the University oif Oregon.