Texas Tech University

School psychology students honored at TASP conference

Robert Stein

November 9, 2021

Joel Bell poses with his award

The Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) gave awards and a scholarship to four Texas Tech University College of Education doctoral students and an alumnae of the college Thursday (Nov. 4) at the association's annual conference. All five recipients are either current or former doctoral students in educational psychology with a track in school psychology at Texas Tech.

The awards come as the College of Education prepares to celebrate National School Psychology Week, which runs Nov. 8-12 and highlights the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive:

  • Joel Bell received the Outstanding Graduate Student: Doctoral Level award. Bell is a licensed specialist in school psychology at Lubbock Independent School District (ISD).
  • Linda Garza, Ph.D. '21 Educational Psychology, and Marilyn Brice and Ileana Moreno were part of a team that received the Outstanding Delivery of Psychological Services to a School District award. The award highlighted their implementation of a suicide prevention program at United ISD.
  • Michelle Zweibach received the $500 TASP Graduate Student Scholarship. Zweibach is a licensed specialist in school psychology at North East ISD.

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).