Richard VanVoorhis, D.Ed. NCSP, graduated from IUP in December 2003 with a doctorate degree in School Psychology. He was honored to be chosen as the IUP Commencement Speaker for December 2003. He was also grateful to receive the IUP Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award in 2004.
VanVoorhis lives at home with his wife (Hayley), daughter (Rebecca), and son (Andrew). After 17 years working as a full-time school psychologist in the states of Illinois and Ohio, VanVoorhis accepted a faculty position at Youngstown State University in the fall of 2009. He was instrumental in moving the proposed program through all university and state approval steps, and the program was officially “state approved” during the summer of 2011. The first YSU school psychology program cohort began in the summer of 2012.
Currently, VanVoorhis continues his employment as an assistant professor in the school psychology program at Youngstown State University. He was honored to receive the YSU Distinguished Professor Award in the area of Service in the spring of 2012. He was also recently featured in Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education edition. He enjoys teaching students about the role and function of school psychologists, career development, consultation, assessment, and various other topics. He also conducts research, offers presentations, and writes articles related to topics involving low incidence disabilities, assistive technology, parenting programs, career development, job satisfaction, program development, and other field-related topics. This year, he will once again coordinate the third annual YSU School Psychology Program Summer Institute.
VanVoorhis reports that his degree from IUP has helped him immensely as both a practitioner and faculty member. He indicates that his training was challenging and comprehensive, and at the same time interesting and enjoyable. He continues to keep in touch with his former IUP professors nearly a decade after he graduated. In fact, he and Ed Levinson recently served as guest editors and contributors for a special edition of the Journal of Employment Counseling (December 2012).
VanVoorhis wishes to encourage current IUP school psychology students to go above and beyond the minimum level that is expected in everything that they do. He recommends current students take the time to ask extra questions, attend state or national conferences, or become involved in an extra project. This, in combination with the wonderful school psychology training that IUP offers, will enable IUP’s school psychology graduates to continue their success through helping students, families, and fellow educators.
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