Dawn P. Flanagan, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Programs in School Psychology

Psychology Professor’s Innovation and Leadership Recognized by Peers

Dawn P. Flanagan, Ph.D.—lauded as a champion of curricular innovation by colleagues and students alike—was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Contributions to Training award by the nationally recognized Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) for her achievements as a teacher and trainer throughout her 20-year career at St. John’s University.

Before an audience of approximately 150 industry leaders, Flanagan, Professor and Director of Programs in School Psychology, accepted the award at its annual meeting in February 2013. “It is my greatest responsibility and one of the core principles of my training to encourage lifelong learning, ensuring that school psychologists serve children through the best available practices,” she said in a brief acceptance.

“Dr. Flanagan’s colleagues are excited by the recognition she has received,” said Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in School Psychology at St. John’s. He described his colleague as “one of the most influential leaders and trainers in the field, whose work has had immeasurable impact, benefiting school psychologists, and the children and families they serve.”

“This recognition has exceptional significance,” said Flanagan, “as it was bestowed by a community of my distinguished peers.”

Flanagan arrived at St. John’s in 1992, progressing from her first professional teaching position to an integral role in securing the University’s seven-year, APA-accreditation of its doctoral program in school psychology. She has profoundly influenced the careers of more than 800 St. John’s psychology students—who have gone on to become lead school psychologists, professors, supervisors, administrators, and advocates for children in the field—through her innovative training, leadership, and guidance.  

Jennifer Mascolo, Psy.D., N.C.S.P., a full-time lecturer of school psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a former student, said, “There is not a day in my work and professional activities that I do not use the skills that were taught to me by Dr. Flanagan.”

The nomination was further supported by Alan S. Kaufman, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychology, Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine—where Flanagan also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor. “Dawn possesses an intuitive grasp of clinical assessment, specific learning disabilities (SLD) diagnosis and remediation, school psychology training, curriculum development, and neuropsychological applications,” Kaufman said, “much of which she has personally created concerning cross-battery assessment and the operational definition of SLD.”

An internationally sought-after educational and psychological consultant, Flanagan’s career has had many high points, but to be recognized in the environment of her peers is particularly meaningful, both personally and professionally. “The TSP award brings heightened awareness to the critical role of a trainer,” she said. “It furthers St. John’s national recognition for its influential faculty and academic excellence, and for that I am grateful.”