DoDEA school psychologists provide a range of services designed to support students’ learning, growth, and development. They are experts in student mental health and learning/behavior, and they partner with various stakeholders throughout the school and community to support students’ academic and emotional needs. School psychology programs are designed to foster safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between the school, home, and community. School psychologists aim to improve academic achievement, support diverse learners, promote positive behaviors and safe school climates, and strengthen school-family partnerships. Core functions of school psychologists include mental health interventions, behavior management, crisis intervention and response, assessment, and consultation and collaboration.
Please contact your school psychologist for additional information regarding the DoDEA School Psychology Program.
Sigonella Community Schools
Hello, students and families! My name is Dr. Puttaswamy, and I am the Sigonella complex school psychologist. To give you some background information, I am a nationally-certified school psychologist and a New York State licensed psychologist, and I came to Sigonella with 8 years of prior experience in the New York State public school system. It is my mission to help improve the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning of students through the use of data-driven decision-making and research-based interventions. I have a lot to learn about the DoDEA school system (and about you!), and I hope you'll help me along the way so that, together, we can best support the needs of all students.
School psychologists are unique in the educational setting, because their training equips them to provide psychological evaluation and facilitate mental health service delivery in the schools, while at the same time supporting the learning process, child development and the understanding of educational systems. School psychologists serve as a vital part of the Student Services team and work closely in conjunction with school counselors, nurses and administrators in the delivery of services to address the educational, emotional and social and career needs of students and families.
The primary intent of the provision of school psychological services is to promote mental and physical wellness and facilitate learning of students. School psychologists are in a strong position to help support the attainment of the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. The overall goal of the psychological services program is to increase student capacity to overcome academic, personal, and social problems that could hinder their attainment of educational success and a satisfying and productive life.