MEET THE WHRHS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Mrs. Wendy L. Price, CAGS, NCSP
Mrs. Price graduated Dean's List in 1987 from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology. After several years as a stay-at-home mother, Mrs. Price began working in the Duxbury Public Schools as an instructional assistant to students with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome.
It was during this time that Mrs. Price worked closely with Robin Lualdi (School Psychologist at Chandler School), who urged Mrs. Price to become a School Psychologist. Mrs. Price attended the University of Massachusetts: Boston, and received her Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in School Psychology in 2000.
Following a 1200 hour internship, and additional graduate classes, she also received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology in 2001. Upon graduating from UMASS, Mrs. Price was awarded the Vincent Christiani Endowment Award for Excellence in School Psychology. She was also asked to join the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), as Co-Chair of Professional Development and Credentialing. That was also the year that Mrs. Price came to work at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.
In 2005 she became Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee for MSPA. Currently Mrs. Price is President of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association.
Since coming to WHRHS, Mrs. Price has been involved in a number of activities, including: assessment, counseling, consultation with parents/faculty/community mental health providers, administrative duties such as being a Team Chairperson, member of the Crisis Intervention Team and the Student/Teacher Assistance Team (STAT). She does presentations to new teachers at North River Collaborative on a variety of topics. Mrs. Price has done presentations at Curry College on Teaching Social Skills to kids on the autism spectrum.
Mrs. Price also mentors new School Psychologists to the District, and is a Field Supervisor of School Psychology graduate level intern/practicum students from UMASS Boston and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).
Mrs. Price is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP).
Meaghan Gay earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, including a minor in Criminal Justice and concentration in Human Development.
Upon graduation, Meaghan returned to live in New Jersey and worked for two years as a Life Skills Therapist at an outpatient day program, Rehabilitation Specialists. This program offered services to assist in the community re-entry for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her activities included running individual and group life skills sessions focusing on the cognitive and daily living skills of her patients. At this time, Meaghan became interested in assisting the teenagers at the program re-enter into the school system. Upon further research and discussions with colleagues, Meaghan chose to pursue a career in School Psychology.
She attended the School Psychology program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While attending classes and completing a part-time traineeship and full time internship, Meaghan also participated in the South Carolina Early Autism Project. This opportunity allowed Meaghan to assist children ages 2-14 diagnosed with Autism to develop the skills necessary to succeed within the school and community.
Meaghan is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist employed part-time at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. She began at WH in the fall of 2011 and assists the parents and children within the Whitman-Hanson community through various activities including: assessment, counseling, leading group activities, collaboration with various professionals, consultation the parents and teachers, and becoming a member of the Student /Teacher Assistance Team.
Meet Our Intern Student:
Sara Grabowski (UMASS Boston)
Sara Grabowski earned her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. After graduation from undergrad, Sara entered graduate school at American International College and earned a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology.
Upon completing from her graduate program, Sara moved to New York City and worked as the Mental Health Project Administrator for the New York City Department of Corrections. Sara was involved in writing Mental Health Policy and Procedures as well as in helping the Department acting as part of their Suicide Prevention team. Furthermore, Sara acted as the Department’s liaison and worked with several other City agencies, as well as the Mayor’s Office, on ensuring compliance for the Brad H Lawsuit. While this opportunity afforded her the opportunity to utilize her skills, she realized that she wanted to work more with clients on a one on one counseling basis. Sara then moved to the Boston area and worked as a Forensic Out- Reach Therapist at South Bay Mental Health. Her clientele included adults, teenagers, and children who were involved in some way with the criminal justice system. While Sara enjoyed the daily counseling sessions, she felt that she wanted to go back to school and earn a degree that would allow her to build upon the skills she had learned and acquired as well as afford her the opportunity to work in a school system.
Sara decided to pursue a degree in School Psychology and was accepted into the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. For the past three years, Sara has attended classes and completed two practicums. She is currently in her internship year and upon completion of the school year, she will obtain her School Psychology certification.