Clinical Director Jennifer Cooper, PhD, NCSP, is a Nationally Certified and Licensed School Psychologist. Prior to joining UMass Amherst’s faculty in the fall of 2019, Dr. Cooper served as a school psychologist, postdoctoral researcher for several federally-funded school-based treatment studies, and tenure-track Assistant Professor at National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Jennifer currently serves on the Editorial boards for the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation and School Psychology Forum and as a former Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Social Justice Interest Group. She has presented nationally and published on topics related to social justice and mental health in schools. Her primary research and teaching interests focus on meeting the social-emotional needs of marginalized youth in schools, evidence-based practices in schools, implementation science, and training issues related to advocacy/social justice in school psychology. She teaches courses in mental health, biological bases of behavior, cognitive assessment, supervision, and practicum and internship.
Associate Professor Sarah Fefer received her doctoral degree from the University of South Florida’s APA accredited program in school psychology in 2013. She completed her predoctoral APA/APPIC accredited internship at the May Institute and her postdoctoral fellowship at UMass’ Psychological Services Center. Her research and clinical interests involve supporting students with challenging behavior across home and school contexts using multi-tiered systems of support. She has engaged in research focused on positive behavior support, family-school partnership, and a phenomenon called the Positive Illusory Bias among students with symptoms of ADHD. Dr. Fefer teaches graduate level courses in prevention, development, developmental psychopathology, applied behavior analysis, and single case experimental design.
Professor John Hintze received his doctoral degree from Lehigh University’s APA accredited program in school psychology in 1994. He completed his predoctoral APA/APPIC accredited internship at Children’s Seashore House/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut. His research interests are in curriculum-based measurement, behavioral assessment, response-to-intervention (RtI), research design, and statistical analysis. His research and clinical interests focuses on decision making within RtI and error associated with time series analysis. Dr. Hintze teaches courses in principles and practices of school psychology, cognitive assessment, research design, neuroanatomy and physiology, and professional supervision. Dr. Hintze coordinates and supervises the internship. Dr. Hintze is licensed as a Mental Health Service Provider, is an APA Fellow of Division 16, and was the 1999 recipient of Division 16’s Lightner Witmer Award.
Associate professor Amanda Marcotte received her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst’s APA accredited program in school psychology in 2006. She completed a CDSPP internship in the New Bedford, MA public schools. Her research and clinical interests are in academic and behavioral interventions, school-based prevention programs, multi-tiered systems of intervention support, formative assessment and curriculum-based measurement, specific learning disabilities, and preventative reading instruction. Dr. Marcotte teaches courses in academic assessment, and academic and behavioral intervention. In addition, Dr. Marcotte coordinates and supervises the second year practicum.
Associate professor Sara Whitcomb received her doctoral degree from the University of Oregon’s APA accredited program in school psychology in 2009. She completed her predoctoral APA/APPIC accredited internship at the May Institute and her postdoctoral fellowship at UMass’ PSC. Her research and clinical interests are in mental health promotion and positive behavioral support systems in schools, social-emotional learning, and behavioral and instructional consultation. Dr. Whitcomb is the program director and teaches courses in social-emotional and behavioral assessment and consultation. In addition, Dr. Whitcomb has coordinated and supervised the third and fourth year practicum.