About School Psychology


History of the Association

Founded in 1950 and located in Sacramento, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) is the statewide membership organization for school psychologists in California. With a membership more than 2,100, CASP is the largest statewide organization of school psychologists in the nation and the strongest voice for psychologists practicing in California’s schools. In addition to providing liaison with various state boards and commissions, CASP actively represents the profession to legislative audiences, governmental officials, and other policy-making bodies. The Association provides continuing professional development to the membership through regional training programs and an annual convention. Publications of the Association include quarterly newsletter and a quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal.

The CASP membership is comprised of individuals who work in school districts, and in private practice throughout the state, helping school personnel–teachers, administrators, and counselors–support student education and solve related learning, social, and adjustment problems. Working, also, with parents of students, school psychologists link homes, classrooms, and school systems to promote the mental health, learning, and welfare of California’s children and youth.

The Association’s governance structure is reflected in a 15-member Executive Board and an appointed slate of committee chairs and members who, together, complete the Board of Directors. The Executive Board is charged with policy-making for the organization and takes input and recommendations from committee chairs and the executive director in this regard. The work of the Association is carried out through the efforts of staff and volunteers, coordinated on a daily basis by the Executive Director.

Landmark Events in the History of CASP

  • 1950 – First Conference of Psychologists and Psychometrists, sponsored by the California Department of Education and College of the Pacific
  • 1953 – First California Association of School Psychologists and Psychometrists (CASPP) committees established; inaugural issue of the newsletter
  • 1963 – First affiliate established in Orange County
  • 1967 – Statewide office established in Burlingame, California
  • 1968 – CASPP representatives meet with Ohio School Psychologists Association to discuss a new national school psychologist association; first staff member, Sandra Goff, hired
  • 1969 – CASPP Code of Ethics established
  • 1971 – NASP/CASPP Joint Conference
  • 1975 – Outstanding School Psychologist award established
  • 1979 – NASP/CASPP Joint Conference
  • 1980 – Sandra Goff award established
  • 1983 – CASPP becomes CASP
  • 1985 – CASP band, the “Severe Discrepancies” play the Convention
  • 1989 – J. Richard Russo, CASP executive director for 14 years retires; Dr. Joe Platow replaces him
  • 1991 – CASP Membership reaches 2200
  • 1994 – First non-school psychologist executive director hired, Chris Otis
  • 1996 – Membership tops 2600
  • 1997 – NASP/CASP Partnership Convention
  • 1998 – California School Psychology Foundation established
  • 1999 – Second non-school psychologist executive director hired, Suzanne Fisher; Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program established in Functional Analysis and Behavior Intervention
  • 2001 – Corporate membership program established
  • 2003 – Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program in School Crisis Prevention,
    Response and Intervention is established. This program was the basis for the National Association of School Psychologists’ PREPaRE program.
  • 2007 – CASP launches its third Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program, this one
    on English Language Learners and Bilingual Assessment. In addition, CASP, in partnership with the Association of California School Administrators, launches the RTI Project, a full range of training and consultation services in the area of RtI training, program development, and program assessment a webinar and live workshop series, for individuals, school districts and county offices of education
  • 2009 – CASP moves from K Street in Sacramento, to 12th Street, still in Sacramento.
  • 2012 – CASP moves annual convention from Spring to Fall, continues with a smaller
    conference each spring.
  • 2013 – Third non-school psychologist executive director hired; Heidi Holmblad.

CASP’s Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The Vision of the California Association of School Psychologists is to foster the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of all students by collaborating with families, school staff, and the community to ensure that students are educated in schools that support equity, access, and respect for all.

Adopted by the CASP Board of Directors in November 2014.

Mission Statement

The CASP mission is to foster the wellbeing of the children, schools and communities we serve through legislative advocacy, professional development, communications, publications, ethics guidelines, and direct services to members.

Adopted by the CASP Board of Directors, August 2014.

CASP Presidents and Awardees

A list of CASP’s current and past presidents can be found here.

A list of CASP’s awardees can be found here.

Board of Directors 2019-2020

To contact a CASP Board member please download the Board Roster.

CASP Board Position First Name Last Name
President Maureen Schroeder
Past President Brian Leung
President Elect Jeannine Topalian
Secretary/Treasurer Amy Balmanno
Affiliate Representative Nel Romo
Region I Representative Zenia Horning
Region II Representative Michael Giambona
Region III Representative Melissa Wood
Region IV Representative Zamecia McCorvey
Region V Representative Jana Baker
Region VI Representative Ali Duerks
Region VII Representative Kristin Singh
Region VIII Representative Danielle Edwards
Region IX Representative Giniena Tan
Region X Representative Armando Fernandez
Convention Chair Evelyn Miramontez
Convention Co-Chair TBA TBA
Specialist, Ethics/Professional Standards Kristin Makena
Chair, Position Papers/Political Action Cathi Christo
Specialist, CSP Chair-Editorial Board Michael Hass
Chair, Publications; & Research James Hiramoto
Chair, LEP Committee Chris Jones
Chair, Legislative Committee Reynaldo Vargas
Student Leadership Coordinator Deanna Fontanes-Halliday
Chair, Advocacy and Leadership Tom Sopp
CASP Alumni Coordinator Lynne Aung
Chair, Mental Health and Crisis Consultation Susan Coats
Chair, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Leticia Zadrozny-Zelaya
Membership Chair Sarah Rodriguez
Specialist, Assessment Rodrigo Enciso
Student Leadership Council Representative Andrea Xenios
Student Leadership Council Representative Taylor Oren
Student Leadership Council Representative Lindsay Miguel
Preschool, Early Education Chair Melissa Wood
Chair, Charter & Alternative Learning Catherine Ogden
Chair, Dual Language Pedro Olvera
NASP Delegate Maureen Schroeder
SPEC Liaison Jean Ramage
Corporate Liaison Ellen Balsys-Murphy
CTA State Liaison Josie Meza Malik
CSP Foundation Board Member-President Ellen Murphy
CSP Foundation-Secretary Treasurer Maureen Schroeder
CSP Foundation-President-Elect Jeannine Topalian
CSP Foundation-CASP Past President Brian Leung
CSP Foundation-CASP Executive Director Melanee Cottrill
CSP Foundation Board Member Ellen Murphy
CSP Foundation Board Member Stephen Brock
CSP Foundation Board Member Steve France
CSP Foundation Board Member Jason Plunkett
CSP Foundation Board Member Melinda Susan


Executive Committee and Voting Members


Maureen Shroeder, President

Brian Leung, Past President

Jeannine Topalian, President Elect


Amy Balmanno, Secretary/

Nel Romo, Affiliate Representative

Zenia Horning, Region I Representative


Michael Giambona, Region II Representative

Melissa Wood, Region III Representative

Zamecia McCorvey, Region IV Representative


Jana Baker, Region V Representative

Ali Duerks, Region VI Representative

Kristin Singh.jpg, Region VII Representative


Danielle Edwards, Region VIII Representative

Giniena Tan, Region IX Representative

Armando Fernandez, Region X Representative


Annual Reports

Each year CASP will publish an annual report highliting accomplishments, survey results, and other activies.


CASP Staff

Melanee Cottrill
Executive Director



EJ Reyna
Lead Member Services



Kathy Little
Education Associate



Cori Ring-Martinez
Communications Coordinator



Josh Johnson




In order to further the purposes of the Association as stated in the Constitution and/or By-Laws, CASP encourages its members to form local associations throughout the state. CASP encourages its members to join the CASP Affiliate whose boundaries include the location of a member’s place of employment.

For more information visit the offical CASP Affiliates Page.

Speakers Bureau

The following individuals are interested in speaking or training on school psychology topics. Many of those listed have presented workshops at a CASP convention. Speakers may be available on a fee or no fee basis. All negotiations are handled by the requesting organization and the speaker. CASP is not responsible for speaker content, or quality of presentation. It is recommended that the soliciting organizations request and evaluate all available background information prior to contracting with a speaker.

View list of speakers

If you are interested in adding your name to the CASP Speakers Bureau, please email Member Services. Please include your full name, topic(s), and city that you live in.

CSP Foundation

The California School Psychology Foundation (CSPF) was established in 1998 as a separate, yet supporting, organization of the California Association of School Psychologists.

The Vision of the California School Psychology Foundation is to engage in the purposeful activity to create the scaffolding to build and sustain the image of the SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST and increase the visibility of the profession in the field.

Continue to CSP Foundation page for more information about the foundation, awards and scholarships.

Corporate Members



Download corporate membership application


It’s back. CASP’s Frequently Asked Questions!

CASP specialists have updated and added questions and answers that should assist you in your daily duties as school psychologists. Questions dealing with everything from Assessing African American Students to IEPs to test protocols are now available, with much, much more to come. Do you have any questions CASP can answer? Email us and we’ll find an answer. Want to discuss these answers? Try the CASP Facebook page.

Additional Sites of Interest



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To view all CASP related publications ranging from journals, newsletters, position papers and more, visit the CASP publications page.

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