Mrs. Cohen, School Psychologist

Melissa Cohen 
School Psychologist

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This is my tenth year as the school psychologist at Savin Rock Community School (SRCS). During the 2018-2019 school year, I will be on maternity leave through mid-November. If you have any concerns regarding your child during this time, please contact Mark Rabinowitz (long-term substitute school psychologist) or Jackie Corcoran (school social worker).

As the school psychologist, some of my responsibilities include the following: evaluation of students to determine eligibility for special education services; individual and group counseling services for students who present with emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect academic performance; and, classroom lessons for all third and fourth grade students using a social skills curriculum called Second Step (
Click here for more information). If you have any social-emotional and/or behavioral concerns about your child, please feel free to contact me at the school.

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What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. In addition, school psychologists provide the following services.

‚ÄčConsultation

-Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
-Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.

Evaluation
-Evaluate eligibility for special education services.
-Assess cognitive skills and social-emotional development.
-Evaluate learning environments.

Intervention
-Provide psychological counseling to students to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that influence school performance.
-Provide training in social skills, anger management, and problem-solving skills.
-Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma.

Prevention
-Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
-Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
-Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological health.

Research/Planning
-Evaluate the effectiveness of behavior management programs.
-Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
-Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.


*The information provided is taken from the National Association of School Psychologists website. For additional information, see National Association of School Psychologists