Double Honor Bestowed on WSU School Psychology Professor
Barbara Chamberlain, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, 509/358-7527, 509/869-2949 (cell), email@example.com
SPOKANE, Wash. – Steve Hirsch, clinical assistant professor of school psychology at Washington State University Spokane, was recently named a recipient of the Louisa Thompson Award by the Washington State Association of School Psychologists.
The award is named for the late Louisa Thompson, one of the founders of WSASP who held multiple leadership roles in school psychology and was recognized for her dynamic personality, extraordinary drive and determination throughout her career.
Recipients of the Louisa Thompson Award are WSASP members whose contributions, commitment, quality of service and accomplishments represent those of Thompson.
WSASP president John MacDonald said that Hirsch received the award for his outstanding service in developing the association’s annual conference, the primary product to its members and the premier continuing education program for school psychologists in
Hirsch’s involvement in the conference and other aspects of the association have been critical to the success of WSASP, and was reason enough for the selection committee to include the words “Lifetime Achievement” on the award plaque. “I wish we could make this award more than once to an individual—Steve has enlivened the association and greatly enriched the professional lives of school psychologists in
The award was presented to Hirsch during the WSASP Fall 2005 Conference, held at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson (
Shortly after returning from the conference, another honor befell Hirsch. A practicing school psychologist in
Hirsch and colleague Kasey Pitts,
They recently presented their research findings at the annual conference of the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In addition, Hirsch will speak at the 2006 convention of the National Association of School Psychologists this spring.
Hirsch holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from
WSU Spokane’s school psychology program is the only nondoctoral post-master’s school psychology certification program in Washington and one of only three in the nation. Designed to help alleviate the critical need for school psychologists, the program is approved by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and graduates are certified to practice as school psychologists in the state of
Taught in collaboration with
WSU Spokane is the urban campus of WSU, a land-grant research university founded in 1890. The campus features advanced studies and research in health sciences and health professions, the design disciplines, education, social and policy sciences, and science and technology. WSU is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research extensive and doctoral-granting university, and is ranked among the top public research universities in the nation.
Related Web sites:
School Psychology Program at WSU Spokane: http://www.spokane.wsu.edu/academic/educ_leader/schoolpsych_overview.asp