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
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.
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).
Professional School Psychology (MS Program)
Educational Research and Program Evaluation (EdS Program)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy II (PsyD Program)
Research interests include school-based mental health services, cognitive behavior therapy in schools, and program evaluation.
Honors and Awards
NASP Presidential Awards, in recognition of ongoing contributions to the National Association of School Psychologists, March 2010, February 2008, 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.
National Association of School Psychologists:
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
Regional Delegate, 1985-86