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 2022-2023


Melissa Wood, President

Jeannine Topalin, Past President

Chris Jones, President Elect


Michael Giambona, Secretary/

Leticia Zadrozny-Zelaya Affiliate Representative

Zenia Horning, Region I Representative


Emily Bersaglia, Region II Representative

Cassie Rivera, Region III Representative

Aimee Garcia Fuentes, Region IV Representative


Jana Baker, Region V Representative

Richard Kleindienst, Region VI Representative

Dorothy Guinter, Region VII Representative


Ivan Alvarez
Region VIII Representative

Giniena Tan, Region IX Representative

Amy Merenda, Region X Representative


Committee Chairs and Specialists

Position First Last Email
Chair, Convention Evelyn Miramontez emiramontez@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Convention Catherine Khajavi catherinekhajavi83@gmail.com
Chair, Legislative and Advocacy Michele Custer mcuster@edcoe.org
Co-Chair, Membership Sarah Rodriguez srodabler@gmail.com
Co-Chair, Membership Emily Bersaglia emilybersaglia@gmail.com
Chair, CSP Editorial Board Michael Hass mhass@chapman.edu
Co-Chair, Public Relations and Communications Danielle Christy dchristy@inclusivelyminded.com
Co-Chair, Public Relations and Communications Barbara D’Incau barbaradincau@me.com
Chair, Awards/Honors Maureen Schroeder maureen.schroeder209@gmail.com
Chair, Professional Learning Terri Foster terri@fostertribe.net
Co-Chair, IDEAL Katie Pettersen katielpettersen@gmail.com
Co-Specialist, LEP/Private Practice Wendell Callahan wcallahan@sandiego.edu
Co-Specialist, LEP/Private Practice Chris Jones cjones@dynamicinterventions.net
Specialist, Assessment James Hiramoto drhiramoto@gmail.com
Co-Specialist, Assessment May Nguyen may@resilientmindscollective.com
Co-Chair, Mental Wellness Tom Sopp tsopp@lbschools.net
Co-Chair, Mental Wellness Stephanie Murray stephanie.murray@wuhsd.org
Specialist, Ethics/ Professional Standards Gina Beaman gbeaman.casp@gmail.com
CASP Historian Christine Toleson ctoleson@aol.com
Student Leadership Co-Chair Brian Leung brian.leung@lmu.edu
NASP Delegate Maureen Schroeder maureen.schroeder209@gmail.com
SPEC Liaison Jackie Allen jallen@laverne.edu
Corporate Liaison Ellen Balsys-Murphy ellen.murphy@pearson.com
CTA State Liaison Josie Meza Malik josiemalik1@gmail.com
ACSA Liaison Doug Siembieda dsiembieda@sbcglobal.net
SELPA Liaison Tracy Peyton tpeyton@hartdistrict.org

CASP Committees

Not quite ready to serve on the Board, but want to get more involved in CASP? Think about joining a committee! Whether you are interested in recruiting members, advocating for your profession, or organizing educational events, we have a committee for you. You’ll meet new people, become part of the inner circle, learn new skills, and get a great new line on your resume.

Learn more

Annual Reports

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


CASP Staff

Melanee Cottrill
Executive Director




Kathy Little
Education Associate




Kendall Bare
Membership & 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

Additional Sites of Interest



Resources for Grants

Additional Online Resources



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

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