School Psychology partners with Down Syndrome Association, sets info sessions

Youngstown State University’s School Psychology program is hosting information sessions in November for individuals interested in learning more about, and applying for, the next class of students that will begin next summer.

The information sessions will be at noon, Thursday, Nov. 14 in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, Bresnahan Suite (second floor), and noon, Wednesday, Nov. 20 in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, Gallery Room (second floor).

For more information, visit the School Psychology website at or contact Richard VanVoorhis, Graduate Program Director at 330-941-3266 or

The School Psychology program recently collaborated with the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley to host an event for the current class of School Psychology students. YSU faculty members VanVoorhis, Melinda Wolford, and Janice Brancaccio worked with Michele Jones, DSAV president, and the board of directors, to coordinate a lecture about the effects of Down syndrome and the “Story of Lucas.” The keynote speakers included Lucas’ mother, Christina Neer, who was the founder of DSAV and has worked for 18 years as an intervention specialist, and Lucas’ teacher, Stacy Bryant, author of a book titled “Bracing for Life.”

At the event, YSU school psychology candidates learned that school psychologists play an important role in the lives of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the areas of assessment, consultation, educational interventions and family collaboration, VanVoorhis said. School psychologists also team with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school, he said.

DSAV helps individuals with Down Syndrome and their families by providing the support and resources necessary to live successful and productive lives. The association offers year round programs such as referral services, family grants, public awareness, outreach and advocacy. The goal is to create opportunities where individuals with Down syndrome can actively participate in society and reach their full potential. Learn more about DSAV at