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School Psychologist

School psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained in both psychology and education. They support the development of learning and behavior to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. School psychologists use a collaborative, problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in learning environment, attitude and motivation of students.

TCMS's School Psychologist: Kat Yarborough

School psychologists work in every school in Chesterfield County.

Services offered by school psychologists are provided directly to the student through individual assessment, counseling and critical incident (such as death, illness or community trauma) response or indirectly through consultation and the development of research-based academic or behavioral interventions with teachers, parents and other caregivers.

School psychologists recognize the critical importance of collaborative partnerships with school staff members, parents and community professionals (medical professionals, mental health therapists, etc.) to support the learning process and improve the academic competence and social and emotional health of all children.

Finally, school psychologists develop programs to train teachers and parents on a wide range of topics; for example, teaching and learning strategies and techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom. Psychologists also work with students who have disabilities or special talents, as well as those who engage in dangerous behaviors. School psychologists are often called on to prevent and manage critical or life-threatening situations.

To learn more, contact the school psychologist serving your school.

Dr. James Russo, Supervisor of Psychological Services
Jessie Elkey, Secretary
Psychological Services
Instruction Division Center
600 Southlake Blvd.
Richmond, Virginia 23236
(804) 594-1797, fax (804) 594-1688
CCPS - School Psychological Services



School Social Worker
School Social Workers identify and intervene in problems that interfere with a student’s education. They are trained to deal with difficulties such as developmental and learning disabilities; parenting education; family and marital stress; school age pregnancy; absenteeism; substance abuse; crisis management and suicide prevention. The coordination of resources between home, school, and community is a unique service provided by School Social Workers. Resources that School Social Workers frequently connect individuals with are: parenting classes; mental health services; resources for food and clothing; tutorial services and other educational support.

CCPS - School Social Worker Services