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Psy.D. Student Resources

Learn more about the School Psychology practicum experience.

If you’re interested in learning more about our doctoral program in school psychology, please feel free to reach out to any of our student ambassadors to discuss your interests and answer your questions.

Katlyn Bagarella

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Hi! My name is Katlyn, and I started the school psychology PsyD program in fall of 2020. I am from Long Island, New York. I graduated from St. John’s University with a major in psychology and a minor in international studies (a fancy way of saying I studied abroad). 

I am currently a graduate assistant for the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at NSU and my interests include social emotional learning, school violence prevention and crisis intervention. Some advice I have for incoming students is to be open to any opportunity that comes your way! This program has so many classes, extra curricular’s and practicum experiences that allows you to explore all different kinds of interests! Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions you may have! :) 

Alyssa Boltson

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Hello! My name is Alyssa Boltson and I started the School Psychology Psy.D. Program in the fall of 2018. I was born and raised in South Florida but moved from Palm Beach County to Broward in 2014 to start my academic career at NSU to obtain my bachelor’s degree and now doctorate! My career interests are working with low-income at-risk students in an elementary school or with at-risk children in a nonprofit organization. My directed study involves ways to promote resilience in youth. I love exploring coffee shops, traveling, and cooking! If I could give you any advice, it is, do not feel the need to compare yourself to anyone else. Find out what you love in the field, and work hard to get yourself in the position to be there, regardless if others around you are doing something different!

Felix Bou

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Hello! My name is Felix Bou, and I am doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I started this program at Nova Southeastern in the fall of 2020 after completing my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida State University. I am Puerto Rican-American, and I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. My career interests include childhood ADHD, interventions for various learning disorders, and adolescent emotional development. Whenever I have time, I enjoy traveling abroad, exercising, and gaming. Please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to meeting any prospective students and answering any questions about school psychology or my program!

Andrea Connell

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My name is Andrea Connell. I am from Rhode Island and recently moved to Florida when I started this program. I went to the University of Rhode Island for undergraduate school and received my degree in Psychology. After college, I worked at Bradley Hospital (which is a children's psychiatric hospital in RI) in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) as a Behavioral Health Specialist. I started the School Psychology Psy.D. program in 2020. My research interest is primarily on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the effects of technology, but I love exploring other aspects of ASD as well! Outside of school, I love cooking/baking, going to the beach, shopping, and exercising!

Catherine Ivey

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Hi! My name is Catherine Ivey and I began the doctoral program in school psychology in 2018. I am from Columbia, South Carolina, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in studio art! My interest in psychology sprung from a love for people and a passion for wanting to educate others on the importance of mental health. After graduation, I aspire to work with school systems and young adults on the importance of mental health in a collegiate setting. In my free time you can find me painting, cooking, or traveling!

Victoria Lavinio

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My name is Victoria Lavinio. I came to Nova Southeastern University in the Fall of 2019 to start the school psychology Psy.D program. I was born and raised in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In 2014, I moved to Miami, Florida to earn my Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Miami. Currently, my career goals are to work with children with autism in a medical setting and eventually open a private practice. When I have free time, I enjoy Pilates, music, art, and exploring different parts of Miami with my friends! My advice for students entering the program is to have an open mind and to take advantage of the wonderful faculty and practicum opportunities because they are very unique! Cannot wait to meet you!

Blanca Melero

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Hi! My name is Blanca Melero and I started the School Psychology Psy.D program in the fall of 2019. I was born and raised here in Hollywood, FL. I earned my Bachelors in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). My directed study topic is Giftedness and its relationship with psychiatric disorders. My career interests are working in lower income elementary and high schools and eventually becoming a professor.
In my free time I love to work out, hang out with friends, go to animal sanctuaries, and just de-stress the best way I can! My advice for students entering the program is to have your arms wide open, take on challenges, and be open to new opportunities. This program is great for finding out what you love and the faculty loves helping everyone out, so do not be afraid to explore!

Julia Nucolo

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My name is Julia Nucolo and I am a PsyD. School Psychology student in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. I am originally from Connecticut, but moved to Florida to further my graduate studies. My professional interests concentrate on addressing educational and mental health disparities in at-risk youth. Currently I am working on my directed study that discusses strategies to reduce the achievement gap.

Morgan Oldham

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My name is Morgan Oldham and I began the school psychology Psy.D program in 2018. I was born and raised in Pittsboro, North Carolina and earned my Bachelor of Arts in psychology and public health at Elon University. My research interests include counseling self-efficacy among school psychology trainees and strategies to foster counseling self-efficacy. My career goals are to work as a university professor and to start my own private practice.
In my free time, I enjoy baking, running, and going to the beach! My advice for students entering the program is to explore your interests within school psychology and be open to all experiences! It is also important to schedule free time for yourself during your studies!

Laurie Pope

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My name is Laurie Pope, and I began the School Psychology Psy. D. Program in 2019. I’m a Palm Beach County native, from the small town of Pahokee. I am a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. I am bilingual and speak English and Spanish.

Natalia Ramirez

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Hello! My name is Natalia Ramírez and I am a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I have lived in South Florida for most of my life and even remained local during my undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. Currently, my directed study area of interest is in providing school psychological services to students who are hospitalized or homebound. In my free time, I like to read, crochet, go to the beach, and play Pokémon Go! I am very excited to speak to prospective students and would love to answer any questions.

Raquel Sabater

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Raquel began the doctoral program in school psychology (Psy.D.) program in 2019. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Bachelors in Psychology. While at FIU, she worked at a research assistant in several psych labs that focused on children, emotional regulation, and ADHD. After graduating from FIU, Raquel completed two years of service as an Americorps Member with the City of Miami. She worked with high-school students who were at risk of dropping out and supported them with academic interventions and behavior mentoring. She spent the next two years teaching math in a high need middle school where she was able to combine her love of psychology and education to help her students learn and grow. She is excited to be working toward her Psy.D in School Psychology and continue to make an impact in children’s lives.

Scott Poland with student NASP student School Psy students

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