School Psychology Current Students

 Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher is a 5th year school psychology student on Dr. Long's team. She received her undergraduate degree in French and International Development from Tulane University in 2006, and her master's of science in Population and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. After working in evidence-based HIV prevention and other maternal, child, and mental health projects domestically and abroad, she became a teacher in 2010 and worked at KIPP schools in both Atlanta and New Orleans. Her research interests include barriers to implementation in school-based interventions, effective teacher-coaching models, and the effectiveness of classroom behavior management systems. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, running, yoga, playing fetch with her golden retriever, and appreciating Louisiana's food and cultural holidays.

 

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Grisdale is a 5th year in the School Psychology program under Dr. Long. She graduated from the University of Houston with her bachelors in Human Development and Family studies, as well as her masters in Counseling. Her current research interests include how teacher multicultural sensitivity in the classroom is related to other salient classroom variables, such as teacher-student relationship, grades, behavior, and teacher-self efficacy. In her free time Melissa loves to be outside in the sun, enjoying a good workout, spending time with her family, or going on new adventures with her fiancé (soon to be husband)! 

 

 Philip Richard

Philip Richard is a 4th year doctoral student in Dr. Noell's lab. Prior to his enrollment at LSU, he received an associate's degree in general studies from South Louisiana Community College and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Philip's research interests include early childhood development, assistive technologies, and autism. His hobbies outside of school include almost any form of physical activity.

 

 

 

James Upright is a 4th year School Psychology student on Dr. Long’s team. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with minors in Math and English, from North Carolina State University. In undergrad, James’ research focused on using evidence-based practices to improve elementary students’ reading fluency. Following his graduation, James worked as a teacher’s assistant and then research assistant at 3C Institute where he assisted with research on interactive, web-based games to help young students learn social skills. His research interests include implementation science and, primarily, the factors which facilitate the uptake and sustainability of evidence-based programs designed to assist students academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to his academic interests, James enjoys riding his bicycle, martial arts, comics, computer games, and eating (especially new foods). 

 

Shelley Upton 

Shelley Upton is a fourth-year school psychology student on Dr. Renshaw's team. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology as well as a minor in dramaturgy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For three years following her undergrad career, Shelley worked on the development of three mindfulness education programs and an online mindfulness program for teenagers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Her research interests center on mindfulness and how it can be utilized to delay or prevent the onset of risk behaviors. Outside of her studies, she enjoys reading, going to see plays, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson is currently a fourth year school psychology student on Dr. Gresham's team. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, and her master’s degree in Psychological Sciences with a focus in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders, influence of trauma and violence exposure on students, as well as the effects of anxiety and depression on social development in children. Outside of school she enjoys working out, hanging out with family and friends, and spending time in nature with her two dogs. 

 Rachel Bradley

 

 

Rachel Bradley is a 5th year school psychology student on Dr. Noell’s team. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia in 2014. Her research interests include educational policy, psychoeducational assessment, school-based consultation and intervention, and behavioral treatment for childhood disorders. Outside her studies, Rachel enjoys weight lifting, yoga, reading, and appreciating Louisiana cuisine and culture with friends.

 

 Shelby Byrd

 

Shelby Byrd is a 5th year school psychology student on Dr. Gresham’s team. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia College & State University and a Master of Science in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Valdosta State University. Her research interests include early identification and intervention for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, factors influencing student wellbeing in schools, and classroom-wide interventions. Outside of school, Shelby loves tailgating and watching football, cooking, playing with her two puppies, and exploring Baton Rouge with her husband and friends.

 

 

Anthony Roberson is a fifth-year school psychology student working on Dr. Tyler Renshaw's team. Tony completed his undergraduate work at Truman State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in psychology with minors in statistical methods and music. His diverse research interests draw from work in contextual behavioral science, sociology, and public health and pertain broadly to improving school-based behavioral health support systems to bolster long-term student wellbeing outcomes. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the double bass and cooking.

 Aijah Baruti-Goodwin

Aijah K. B. Goodwin is a third year in the school psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Anna Long. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a paraprofessional and a behavior technician for children with social and developmental delays. Her research interests include culturally competent practices in educational and therapeutic settings and implementation of best-practice mental health and behavioral strategies in low-income settings. Aijah enjoys traveling, music and anything involving food.

 Kaitlin Cassidy

Kaitlin Cassidy is a third year in the School Psychology program on Dr. Gresham's team. She received her Bachelor of Art's in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests include classroom behavior management and early intervention for developmental disabilities and external behavior problems. Kaitlin enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

 Emma Larson

 

Emma Larson is a third year student in the School psychology program under the supervision of Dr. George Noell. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from the University of Maryland. Before pursuing a graduate degree, she worked as a Clinical Assistant at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and served as a Lab Manager in a social-cognitive development lab at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include behavioral treatments and school-based interventions for children with disruptive behaviors. In her spare time, Emma enjoys spending time with friends, eating Southern food, and tailgating at LSU football games.

 Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore is a third year in the School Psychology program on Dr. Noell’s team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in English and family, youth, and community sciences from the University of Florida. After graduation, she worked as a behavior therapist to children with autism. Her research interests include early childhood academic interventions and behavioral interventions for children with autism and other developmental delays. Outside of school, she enjoys running, singing, cooking, and spending time with friends.

 

Sam Allouche

 

 

Delaney Darragh

 

 

Jacob DeBoer

 

 

Erica Lozy received her B.S. from Western New England University in 2015 and her M.A. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017 under the supervision of Drs. Jolene Sy and John Borrero. While in Baltimore, she worked as a Clinical Specialist and Research Assistant on the Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Erica is a 2nd year graduate student working under Dr. Jeanne Donaldson in the Applied Behavior Analysis Lab. Her research interests include the assessment and reduction of problematic behavior in young children and increasing academic fluency of early learner skills.

 

 

Jennifer Vasquez

 

 

Madeline Blocker

 

Grace Chen

 

Sarah Holmes

 

Kelly Mouton

 

Jessie Munson

 

Jodie Waits

 

 

 

 Commitment to Diversity


We encourage applications from individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds. Baton Rouge is a racially diverse city and our work in the greater Baton Rouge community allows us to provide clinical services to and conduct research with racially diverse individuals in our community. We take great pride in this diversity. Furthermore, our program is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that supports cultural and individual differences and diversity. Additionally, “Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority” (see entire LSU Diversity Statement)