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Arlene Silva, PhD

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Arlene Silva is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist. She joined the Department of School Psychology in 2011 as Core Faculty and Associate Director of Field Education. In 2015, she was appointed Chair of the School Psychology Department and Director of the MA/CAGS School Psychology Program. A graduate of Amherst College, Arlene received her doctorate in School Psychology in 2007 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also interned with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Arlene completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Nashua, NH School District while employed as an Associate School Psychologist. Prior to joining William James College, Arlene garnered a broad range of professional experiences, including Assistant Professor in the Tufts University School Psychology Program, Consultant to the Nashua, NH School District, Technical Support Provider for ICAT Resources, Clinician at Brighton-Allston Mental Health Association, and Bilingual School Psychologist at Gardner Pilot Academy in the Boston Public Schools. Arlene's research interests include consultee-centered consultation, supervision, and culturally relevant practice. She has presented at national conventions (NASP and APA) and co-authored chapters in the Handbook of Research in School Consultation and in Best Practices in School Psychology. Arlene has been involved in NASP Leadership since 2006, serving as Chair of the Student Development Workgroup (2007-09) and the inaugural Chair of the Early Career Workgroup (2009-13). She continues to serve as a Member of the NASP Early Career and Professional Growth Workgroups.

Updated 1/15/15

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