Hello! My name is Beth Collins and I am excited to serve as a school psychologist at Roxborough Intermediate! I believe that every child has the right to learn and grow in a safe, positive, and encouraging environment to reach their unique potential.  

What does a school psychologist do? 

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.

National Association of School Psychologists

Mental Health Responsibilities at DCSD

  • Provide solution and skill focused mental health services to allow students to access the general education curriculum
  • Assess cognitive, social/emotional, and behavioral skills of students as a member of the personalized learning team for initial and continued eligibility for special education services
  • Provide support for classroom teachers, administration, and other school staff in problem-solving to improve student learning
  • Assist to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for all students, staff and families