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Diane Smallwood, PsyD, NCSP, Professor, Director of Professional Education in School Psychology, Director of Educational Specialist Degree Program

Dr. Smallwood joined the core faculty for the school psychology programs at PCOM in March of 2004, after working in public schools as a school psychologist for over 25 years.  Dr. Smallwood completed her doctorate in school psychology at Rutgers University (Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology), and earned a master's degree and certification in school psychology at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). 

In addition to school-based work experience, Dr. Smallwood was an adjunct faculty member at Rider University from 1989 through 2004, and she has also taught graduate courses in school psychology at Rutgers University and Lehigh University. Dr. Smallwood has coauthored articles on behavioral consultation, peer assisted learning and parent involvement, and is the editor of Attention Disorders in Children: Resources for School Psychologists, published by the National Association of School Psychologists in 1997.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Smallwood has been involved in leadership activities at both the state and national levels.  She is a former president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and has served on numerous committees and work groups within NASP.  At the state level, Dr. Smallwood has been an active member of the Executive Board for the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, serving as president, secretary, regional delegate, chairperson of the Children's Services Committee, and newsletter editor. 

Dr. Smallwood's professional interests include school crisis prevention, intervention and response; social-emotional learning; classroom resiliency; and translating research to practice.

Leadership Positions

National Association of School Psychologists:

  • President, 2002-2003

  • President-Elect, 2001-2002

  • Program Manager for Information Services, 1999-2001

  • Program Chair for 1999 National Convention, 1998-99

  • Northeast Regional Director, 1996-98

  • Strategic Resources Committee, 1994-97

  • Publications Board, 1993-97

  • NJ State Delegate, 1992-96

New Jersey Association of School Psychologists:

  • Newsletter Editor, 1991-95

  • Past-President, 1989-90

  • President, 1988-89

  • President-Elect, 1987-88

  • Secretary, 1986-87

  • Regional Delegate, 1985-86


Forman, S., Smallwood, D.L., & Nagel, R. (In press). Commentary on translating research to practice.   Psychology in the Schools

Smallwood, D.L. (Ed.)  (1997). Attention disorders in children:  Resources for school psychologists.  Bethesda, MD:  National Association of School Psychologists.

Smallwood, D.L., Hawryluk, M.K., & Pierson, E. (1990).  Promoting parent involvement in schools to serve at-risk students. In L.J. Kruger, Promoting success with at-risk students: Emerging perspectives and practical approaches. New York: The Haworth Press.

Hawryluk, M.K., & Smallwood, D.L. (1988). Using peers as instructional agents:  Peer tutoring and cooperative learning.  In J. L. Graden, J.E. Zins, & M.J. Curtis (Eds.),Alternative educational delivery systems:  Enhancing instructional options for all students. Washington, D.C.:  National Association of School Psychologists.

Hawryluk, M.K., & Smallwood, D.L. (1986). Assessing and addressing consultee variables in school-based behavioral consultation. School Psychology Review, 15,  519-528.

Honors and Awards

NASP Presidential Award, in recognition of ongoing contributions to the National Association of School Psychologists, April, 2004 and April, 1996.

Education Institute, Rowan University; Dedication of  Ninth Annual Symposium for School Counselors and Psychologists, in recognition of commitment to the field of school psychology and dedication to the well-being of children and families, October 31, 2003.

Service to School Psychology Award, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, May 2003.

NASP Appreciation Award, in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the National Association of School Psychologists, March 25, 1995.

Winifred Starbuck Scott Award for outstanding dissertation in school psychology, presented by the New Jersey Psychological Trust, May, 1986.

Media Interviews

1010 WINS Radio, October 2000---interview on working parents.

Child Magazine, April 2002---article on Your Child?s IQ.

Better Homes and Gardens, November, 2002---article on children and stress.

Parents Magazine, December, 2002---article on children who do not want to go to school.

Wall Street Journal,  March, 2003---article on children and war.

Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2003---article on children and war (school field trips).

Dallas Morning News, June 1, 2003---article on school discipline.

Child Magazine, September 2003---article on playground bullying.

Newsweek, September 2003---background interview for article on emotional disorders in children and adolescents.

Washington Post, October 2003---article on coping with disruptive behavior in the classroom.

Time Magazine, October 2003---background interview for article on childhood emotional disorders.

Last Updated: 1/20/15