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I have earned a PhD in Psychology in 2005. With my doctorate, I have worked in the school systems assessing children with ADHD and helping teachers find the best accommodations for these students needs. I use the Achenbach behavior checklists as well as the Conner's ADHD checklist given to parents and teachers to make my diagnosis. If the child is having social or study skills issues, I also counsel these children helping them gain the skills needed to do better. An example of social skills training may include scripts or teaching them what to say to make friends and practicing the scripts. An example of study skills training would be to teach them to break down assignments into small manageable parts and how to organize their work.
Regarding teacher and parent consultations, I discuss how they can help the students by breaking down assignments into component parts so that these children can focus on one step at time.
I have been certified to teach K-12 in the NYC schools through the Teach for America program. Additionally, I have taken many upper-level math classes in my PhD graduate program which include: Quantitative methodology of behavioral data I and II and Multivariate analysis of behavioral data.
Having a PhD in school psychology I am trained to diagnosis children with various disorders such as Autism and other related pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Using the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) as well as the Austim Behavior Checklist (ABC), I have diagnosed, recommended accommodations and treated children with the PDD spectrum of disorders. Some such treatments include study skills (helping them organize their work in discrete parts to better manage the task), social skills training (having group therapy with average developing children to teach them interaction skills, giving them play scripts), using storybooks to help them learn their schedules and do what is required of them through pictures and words.
As an undergraduate, I have worked at Binghamton University's premier Autism research facility, The Institute for Child Development using discrete trial training (DTT) to help children with autism learn requisite skills in small manageable steps. In addition, I use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)to understand all the antecedents, behavior and consequences of their learning environment so as best to advise parents, teachers and other caretakers.
If the child is not talking, I use a combination of storybooks and communication boards to help them communicate to others their needs.
If the child is talking, we work on how to help them accomplish the tasks they need through a variety of methods (i.e, behavior modification, socialization training, and relationship building).
In my undergraduate coursework I took biology classes which include: Biochemistry in modern science, biological organisms and populations, physiological psychology, neurochemistry and behavior, and developmental psychobiology. I worked in a physiological psychology lab and a perception lab.
In my graduate PhD program I took a survey of biological psychology and wrote my master's thesis on Quantitative EEG.
Besides studying graduate courses in motivation and personality theories, I have a worked as a head hunter for executives and in a high school setting working with students to find what careers best suit them. I've used the Myer's Briggs personality test to screen for personality types and give them examples of professions that suit that personality type. I've also used the What color is my parachute book to do something similar.
While completing my PhD in school psychology, I took courses such as America in the Schools, Learning and Conditioning, Human Growth and Development. I also had joined the Teach for America teaching corp and was certified to teach K-12th in the NYC school system.
I have been certified to teach K-12 through the Teach for America program. In my undergraduate and PhD graduate coursework I have taken statistical analysis and design, quantitative methodology I and II and multivariate analysis.
Having been certified to teach grades K-12, I have taught science to middle school children. As a graduate student, I have taught human sciences to lecture hall classes.
I am a freelance writer of professional psychological journals and have written both a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation.
I have been an ESL teacher to both children and adults in NYC, Japan and Taiwan.
I have been certified to teach in the NYC school to teach grades K-12. I have acquired knowledge in all subject areas and am able to explain that knowledge in a simple and easily understandable manner.
I have worked as an ESL teacher and am able to explain the complicated English grammar in an easily understood way.
I have studied and taken the GRE myself and scored a high enough score to enter a PhD graduate program and earn my degree.
I have used Microsoft Windows since it first came out. I worked as an administrative assistant right out of college.
I have used Microsoft Word since the word processing program's inception. I have used it as an administrative assistant, a development specialist, and written both a thesis and dissertation using the program.
The physiology classes I have taken in undergraduate and graduate school include: physiological psychology and survey of biological psychology.
I also have taught psychology 101 which has a large component on neurophysiology and physiology in general.
My master's thesis also dealt with brain interaction and behavior with a large neurophysiolgical component.
Having taken advanced math classes in undergraduate and graduate school, I feel that I would comfortable be able to explain the mathematical concepts involved in prealgebra.
Having done well on the SAT to qualify for Binghamton University, I believe I would easily be able to explain the concepts involved in the PSAT.
I have a PhD in psychology and have taught Psych 101 to a lecture hall classroom.
I am a proficient reader and have taught reading to middle school kids. Additionally, I have read many journal articles and needed to summarize large quantities of information while writing my master's thesis and PhD dissertation.
I did extremely well on the SAT reading section. I have learned to quickly read and summarize large volumes of information while writing my master's and dissertation.
I am a freelance writer for professional psychological journals. I have written both a master's these and a PhD dissertation.
In graduate school I took a course in sociology called Survey in Social psychology and have taught psychology 101 at the college level, which covered sociology. Also, my dissertation was looking at identity and cultural issues and I needed to ready many sociological journal articles for my literature review.
Having worked as a special education teacher and a school psychologist in the schools, I have worked with many special needs students including those with mental retardation, learning disability, OCD, Tourette's, ADHD, and Autism.
I have taught college courses and trained in educational research and best study practices.
Having taught ESL in NYC, Japan and Taiwan and having written both a master's thesis and PhD dissertation, I feel I have an excellent command of both the oral and written English language. Thus, I am qualified to teach foreigners how to study for the TOFL.
I am a freelance writer for professional journals. Additional, I have written two books in the form of my master's these and dissertation.
I am a freelance writer for professional journals. Additionally, I have written two books in the form of a master's thesis and a dissertation.