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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Program Faculty

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Training Directors & Primary Supervisors

Scott M. Bell, Psy.D., Training Director; Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). Psy.D., Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, 2002. Professional interests: treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents; children from separation and divorce; sexual abuse treatment, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning issues, risk of violence assessment; clinical supervision; professional development and licensure; program development. Professional affiliations: American Psychological Association; National Association of School Psychologists; National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Deborah M. Edwards, Psy.D., Assistant Training Director; Primary Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Psy.D., Widener University, 2000. Professional Interests: clinical supervision, learning differences, psycho-educational assessment, instructional and behavioral classroom interventions, childhood treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety disorders, and ADHD).

Stacie F. Simon, Psy.D., Assistant Training Director; Primary Supervisor & STEP Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). Psy.D., Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2009. Professional Interests: clinical supervision, supportive therapeutic educational program for students with emotional disabilities, adolescent and adult issues, HIV/AIDS, military families, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning issues, risk of violence assessment

Lisa Conway-Sugden, Psy.D., Primary Supervisor & STEP Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Psy.D. Florida Institute of Technology, 2001. Professional interests: Child & Adolescent Treatment Series; Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, Sand Tray, Sexual Abuse and Trauma Treatment, Supervision, Child and Adolescent Populations.

Suzanne E. Farley, Ph.D., Primary Supervisor & SECEP Re-ED Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006. Professional interests: Assessment and treatment of children with ADHD and behavioral and emotional disorders; classroom consultation; parent training.

Ellen M. Kveton, Psy.D., Primary Supervisor & STEP Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Psy. D., Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 1989. Professional interests: clinical supervision; school-based therapeutic educational program for students with emotional disabilities; individual psychotherapy and play therapy with children; psychological and clinical assessments of children.

Rotation/Site Supervisors & Training Faculty

Kara L. Branz, M.A. NCSP, BASE Program Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed School Psychologist-Limited; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). M.A., La Salle University, 2009; Re-specialization in School Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2015. Professional Interests: instructional and behavioral classroom interventions; autism spectrum disorders; response-to-intervention; positive behavior supports.

Heather O. Duke, Ed.S., NCSP, Preschool Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed School Psychologist - Limited; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). Ed.S., The University of Alabama, 2010. Professional Interests: early childhood development and assessment, play assessment, autism spectrum disorders, response to intervention. Professional Affiliations: National Association of School Psychologists.

Kelli R. Good, Ph.D., Preschool Assessment Center Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed School Psychologist-Limited; Pupil Personnel Services License (School Psychologist). Ph.D. 2001, University of South Carolina. Professional interests: preschool assessment; parent training; group, individual and family therapy; emotional and behavioral disorders; ecological approach to prevention, assessment, and intervention; conflict resolution. Professional affiliations: National Association of School Psychologists.

Taylor J. Pauken, Psy.D., STEP Rotation/Site Supervisor; Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Psy.D., Adler University, 2020. Professional Interests: psychoeducational assessment using iPads; treatment of internalizing disorders in adolescents; sexual orientation and gender diversity issues; identity development (i.e., interests, values, intersectionality of identities, etc.); interdisciplinary team consultation. Professional Affiliations: National Register of Health Service Psychologists, APA Division of School Psychology, APA Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.