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Mississippi Association for Psychology in the Schools: Officers
Officer: Chase McCullum



President


Chase McCullum
President

Charcelor (Chase) McCullum has worked as a school psychologist in the state of Mississippi for the past 5 years. He was born in central Mississippi (Raleigh) and received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Mississippi. He received his Master's/Specialist degrees from Florida State University in school psychology in 2009. Over the past few years, Chase has worked within various school and community settings in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi as a researcher, program coordinator, and school psychologist. In in role as a school psychologist, Chase performs evaluations; consults with faculty and staff throughout his district and within the community; conducts training on various topics related to special education, TST, and behavioral/emotional issues; and assists with program planning. He is also currently working on a doctoral degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in the field of Adult Education. His primary research interests include: teacher training/development; transitioning low performing/"at risk" students into the workforce, mentoring, and parent training. Chase has been a member of MAPS since returning to Mississippi in 2009 and believes that the organization can continue to be a strong voice for advocacy and change on national, state, and individual district levels. 

Officer: Paige Patterson



President-Elect
Phone:

Paige Patterson
President-Elect

Paige Patterson is a school psychologist in the Desoto County School District.

Officer: Trese Evans



Past-President


Trese Evans
Past-President

Trese Evans is currently employed with MS State Hospital (MSH) as Academic Teacher/Psychometrist and work mostly with the 4-17 year old patient population. Prior to MSH, Ms. Evans was employed as Director of the Division of Technical Assistance, Office of Special Education, MS Department of Education, where she worked from 1997-2009. Previous employment consists of the following: Rankin County School District (1992-1997); MS Department of Education (1986-1992); Region VI Mental Health Center (1984-1986); and University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Children Medicine (1979-1984).

Ms. Evans obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Chemistry, with a minor in Biology from the University of Mississippi. She has also briefly attended Millsaps, USM, and JSU. Trese was appointed to and served on the Governor's Autism Task Force. She currently serves as a Board member for the Emergency Shelter for Children. Trese is past member of APA. She holds membership with NASP, MAPS, and CEC; and has served as Past President and Central Representative for MAPS.


Officer: Kali Buchanan



Secretary


Kali Buchanan
Secretary

Kali Buchanan is a school psychologist in the Pontotoc County School District

Officer: Jyl Barefield



Treasurer


Jyl Barefield
Treasurer

Jyl Barefield is from Columbus, MS and has worked as a Psychometrist and a Referral to Placement Coordinator for Lowndes County Schools and Columbus Municipal Schools. Jyl also worked as a consultant for the MS State Department of Education for the continuous monitoring improvement process.

Jyl earned a Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from MS State University. She is a member of MAPS, NASP, and MS Professional Educators.

Officer: Gwen Coleman



Northern Representative


Gwen Coleman
Northern Representative

Gwen Coleman is a School Psychologist at West Clay Elementary. She earned her B.S. in health administration from Governors State University. Mrs. Coleman completed her graduated studies at Mississippi State University in school psychology.

Officer: Alisha Johnson



Central Representative


Alisha Johnson
Central Representative

No description online.

Officer: Trisha Wilson



Southern Representative


Trisha Wilson
Southern Representative

Trisha Wilson is a school psychologist in the Pascagoula School District.

Officer: Erin Gray



Membership Chair


Erin Gray
Membership Chair

Erin Gray is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and currently works for The Youthful Offender Unit School, YOU School, located at Central MS Correctional Facility. The unit houses male offenders sentenced to the Mississippi Department of Corrections that are 17 and under and vulnerable 18 and 19 year olds. The YOU School provides Erin the unique opportunity to not only serve as a school psychologist, but also as the special education coordinator for the school, which has a maximum capacity of 42 students.

Erin is originally from Maben, MS, where she attended East Webster High School. She attended Mississippi State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Psychometry, and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 2009. Her practicum and internship experiences allowed her to learn a wide variety of skills in schools across Mississippi, including Desoto County, Starkville, West Point, Philadelphia, and Aberdeen.

Her professional career began in the Gulfport School District where she worked as a school psychologist from 2009 to 2012. Erin conducted psycho-educational evaluations, regularly consulted with teachers and staff, participated in the District Review Team to facilitate the district's RTI process, and conducted trainings as needed. From 2012-2013, she began working in the Pascagoula School District where she conducted psycho-educational evaluations, Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Interventions Plans. She worked closely with the Opportunity School, the district's alternative education setting. Erin also had the pleasure of serving as Gautier High School's assistant tennis coach.

Erin was appointed to represent MAPS on the Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee in June of 2013. Autism spectrum disorders and advocacy for individuals with Autism has been a long time interest to Erin and she hopes to represent her field well with this opportunity. Other interests in the field include Emotional Disabilities, PBIS, and based on her new experiences at the YOU School, brain development and decision making skills in juvenile offenders. Erin has been a member of MAPS since beginning her graduate program at Mississippi State in 2007, and hopes she can serve the members of her state and provide the resources to better promote the field of psychology in the schools.

Officer: Jennifer Griffin, Ph.D., NCSP



Publications/Communications Chair
Phone: 228-435-4600

Jennifer Griffin, Ph.D., NCSP
Publications/Communications Chair

Dr. Jennifer Griffin is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is a practicing school psychologist with Biloxi Public Schools. Dr. Griffin's current role as a school psychologist includes primary responsibility in the school district of consultation for PBIS across the tiers as well as for students in special education. She facilitated the district's procedures for universal screening of behavior and aided in the development of Tier 1 PBIS systems in the individual schools. She created the district's behavioral intervention process and procedures and writes Functional Behavioral Assessments as well as Behavior Intervention Plans.

Outside of Dr. Griffin's contractual duties to the Biloxi Public Schools, she is an RtI and PBIS consultant to other school districts for The Institute for Evidence-based Reform (TIER). She has served as a consultant for the Mississippi Department of Education in the area of RtI and PBIS. She was a co-author for the MS Department of Education RtI Best Practices Handbook and RtI trainings as well as a trainer in the areas of RtI and PBIS across the state. She has also presented on RtI and PBIS at regional and national meetings. Dr. Griffin has published research articles in the areas of PBIS and continues to conduct research in that area as well as behavioral compliance training.

Dr. Griffin received her Ph.D. in school psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi and completed an APA approved internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Griffin began her term as the Mississippi delegate for the National Association of School Psychologists in July 2011.


Officer: Lisa Wester



Ethics Chair


Lisa Wester
Ethics Chair

No description online.

Officer: Stacy Callender



Legislative Chair/SPAN Coordinator


Officer: Tawny McCleon



Constitution and Bylaws Chair


Officer: Kim Zwierzynski
Email:



NASP Delegate


Officer: Sam Givhan



Parliamentarian





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