Texas Tech University

Ph.D. student named outstanding school psychologist by TASP

Robert Stein

October 30, 2019

Jennifer Baker

The Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) honored a Texas Tech University College of Education doctoral student for her outstanding performance in the practice and study of school psychology.

Jennifer Baker, a Ph.D. student in educational psychology with a focus on school psychology, received this year's Outstanding School Psychologist: Specialist Level award. She was presented with the award and a $500 scholarship on Oct. 23 at the annual TASP convention in Houston.

Baker is currently a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) employed as a behavior specialist at East Central Independent School District in San Antonio. The school district's foundation awarded her a "Teacher Mini-Grant" last year for a project using wrist-worn heart rate monitors and social and coping skills instruction to help students overcome emotional and behavioral disorders.

TASP is a professional organization that supports and advocates for school psychologists having a positive impact on school systems to improve academic skills, social-emotional functioning and mental-behavioral health for all students. Formed in 1993, it is a state affiliate of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).