Cecil Reynolds, PhD, ABN, ABPdN, – Keynote Speaker

Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A & M University, author of the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC), Austin Texas.

Dr. Reynolds is the author of more than 300 scholarly publications and author or editor of over 50 books including The Energetic Brain, The Clinician’s Guide to the BASC, Clinical Applications of Continuous Performance Tests, Handbook of School Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Special Education, and the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. He is the author of several widely used tests of personality and behavior including the Behavior Assessment System for Children  (the most widely used measure of its kind in the English-speaking world) and the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale. He is senior author of the Test of Memory and Learning, the Clinical Assessment Scales for the Elderly, and co‑author of several computerized test interpretation systems.  He is senior author of the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS).  He maintained a clinical practice treating trauma victims and individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury for 25 years before retiring from clinical work at the end of 2003 to extend his forensic practice and writing efforts.

Dr. Reynolds is a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, of which he is also a past president, is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and is now the Immediate Past President of the Board, and was a diplomate in School Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, prior to retiring his diplomate in 2004. He was elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in 2012. He is a past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, APA Divisions 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics),  40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and 16 (School Psychology).  He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1, 5, 15, 16, 40, and 53. He served as Editor in Chief of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (1990-2002), official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychology,   Applied Neuropsychology (2004-2008), and  the prestigious APA journal Psychological Assessment (2009-2015), and in April of 2015 became Editor of the APA’s open access journal, Archives of Scientific Psychology.  He serves on the editorial boards of 11 other journals in the field. He has served  as Associate Editor of School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Special Education, and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  Dr. Reynolds has received multiple national awards recognizing him for excellence in research including the Lightner Witmer Award and the early career awards from APA Divisions 5 and 15. He is a co‑recipient of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Robert Chin Award and a MENSA best research article award.  In 1999, Dr. Reynolds received the Senior Scientist Award from APA Division 16 (School Psychology). In 2000, he received the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Distinguished Clinical Neuropsychologist Award, the Academy’s highest award for research accomplishments.  He received the NASP 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Neuropsychology. He received the Buros Institute Distinguished Reviewer Award in 2006.  His service to the profession and to society has been recognized as well through the President's Gold Medal for Service to the National Academy of Neuropsychology as well as the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award,  and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 50th Anniversary Razor Walker Award for Service to the Youth of North Carolina. He was named Alumnus of the year at the University of NC at Wilmington and has also been elected to the academic hall of fame at the University of Georgia.  In 2010 he received the Jack I. Bardon Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service Contributions to school psychology. In 2014, he received the APA Div. 5 Samuel Messick Award for Distinguished Contributions to Measurement Science and the Div. 12 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Assessment. In 2017, Dr. Reynolds received the APA D16, Nadine Murphy Lambert Award, which is given only every 2-3 years for a lifetime of distinguished contributions of “unusual depth and breadth” to the field, and also was granted the status of Honorary Member by NASP.  He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A & M University and now practices forensic neuroscience in Austin Texas.

Monica McHale-Small, PhD, M.Ed

Director of Program Accreditation for the International Dyslexia Association, Cofounder of the Greater Lehigh Valley Consortium for Equity and Excellence, and Associate Adjunct Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Monica McHale-Small is currently Director of Program Accreditation for the International Dyslexia Association and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Temple University. She retired from public education after twenty-seven years of service in Pennsylvania. Monica started her career as a school psychologist but spent the last fourteen years in a variety of administrative positions including, most recently, Superintendent. She earned her doctorate and masters’ degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. McHale-Small has long advocated bringing sound research into practice in public schools and serves on the advisory committee for Pennsylvania’s Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot. This pilot is designed to support researched based structured literacy instruction and intervention beginning in Kindergarten.

Dr. McHale-Small is an advocate for responsible inclusion and equity for historically underserved students including racially, culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with disabilities. She co-founded the Greater Lehigh Valley Consortium for Equity and Excellence and she currently consults with the ACLU of PA on School to Prison Pipeline issues.

 She has served on the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the International Dyslexia Association, and the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. Monica serves her own community as a board member and volunteer advocate for Coatesville Citizens Who Seek Educational Equality.

Germán A. Cadenas

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, Department of Education and Human Services, College of Education, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Dr. Cadenas identifies as an immigrant himself and is formerly undocumented. He has a background in activism and community organizing, and was involved in creating programs and non-profit organizations to support advocacy for immigrant rights and the educational progress of undocumented and DACA students. His opinion and personal story has been featured in many popular media outlets, he was Chair of the California Psychological Association’s Immigration Task Force (2017-18), and serves on the Advocacy Workgroup of American Psychological Association’s Division 17 (2018). He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and his Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at the University of California Berkeley.

Caitlin E. Gilmartin, PsyD, MS, NCSP

School Psychologist, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

Dr. Gilmartin is a PA and Nationally Certified School Psychologist as well as holding credentials in Pupil Services Supervision and K-12 Principalship for the state of Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Gilmartin attended St. Joseph’s University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, earning degrees in Psychology, Clinical and Counseling Health Psychology, and School Psychology. Career highlights have included community based mental health, center-based and itinerant School Psychology work, behavioral consultation to a socially-based non-profit program, and instructing at Arizona State University, Rowan University, and Neumann University.  Her ongoing interest in the legal aspects of public education led to pursuing Pupil Services and K-12 Principalship certification, public and private sector work, peer and supervisory mentoring programs, and a vast range of presentations and publications with an applied focus on school psychology topics. Dr. Gilmartin also serves on the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania board and was ASPP Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year in 2018.

Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed

Intake coordinator and education specialist at the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic.

Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed, is Samantha coordinates all new family intakes and scheduling as well as manages the educational materials and trainings for the clinic. Through this role, Samantha provides direct resources to families and supports transgender and gender expansive youth in school and community settings. Samantha collaborates with providers to raise their awareness of gender identity and works to improve gender inclusivity through trainings and policy support. Additionally, Samantha co-facilitates the parent and extended family support group.

Katelyn Regan, LSW, M.Ed

Clinical social worker at the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Katelyn Regan, LSW, M.Ed., is the clinical social worker at the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She provides one on one psychotherapy and connects families to trans-competent care close to home. Katelyn also provides education and training to medical, counseling and education professionals about the complexities of gender identity and how providers can become more inclusive in their respective practices.

Co-Sponsors

Temple University College of Education

Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania

School District of Philadelphia

CORA Services

School Psychology Faculty

  • Diane Barrett, PhD
  • John Berna, PhD, ABSNP
  • Mary Bischoff, PhD
  • Jean Boyer, PhD, NCSP
  • Schehera Coleman, PhD
  • Frank Farley, PhD
  • Patricia Feuerstein, PhD, NCSP
  • Catherine Fiorello, PhD, NCSP, ABPP
  • Rachel Hodas, PhD, NCSP
  • Naomi Lennox, PhD, NCSP
  • Darren Levin, PhD
  • Monica McHale-Small, PhD
  • Laura Pendergast, PhD, NCSP
  • Lia Sandilos, PhD, NCSP
  • Joseph Rosenfeld, PhD, NCSP, ABPP (Emeritus)
  • W. Joel Schneider, PhD
  • Trevor Sewell, PhD (Emeritus)
  • Renee Tobin, PhD, NCSP
  • Meredith Weber, PhD, NCSP