Welcome to the SDASP Website


Welcome to our webpage for the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists!  We are an organization that believes that all children can learn!  My name is Kari Oyen and I am a practicing school psychologist in South Dakota and have the honor to be the president of our organization.  The goal of our organization is to advocate and ensure best practices for students in our schools.  We also encourage the comprehensive role of school psychologists through practices that align with the NASP practice model.

School psychologists are the psychologists that know the most about education and the educators that know the most about psychology!  We are uniquely placed in schools where students spend most of their time.  As highly qualified behavior and mental health providers, we have the opportunity to have a large impact on student success and spend a great deal of time trying to lower barriers that may impede that success. Additionally, in South Dakota, we are experiencing a shortage of school psychologists.  This is a great field to get into and a great place to be able to practice school psychology!

Our organization welcomes you to use our resources and share high quality information regarding mental and behavioral health for kids.  We hope that our mission and our drive to ensure best practices for kids in South Dakota shines through all the work that we do.  For every school psychologist that works tirelessly every day to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are served, I thank you.  I leave you with my favorite quote:  “I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” -Edward Everett Hale 

Interested in becoming a member of SDASP? Click here!

An organization that believes that all children can learn!

2016-17 SDASP Awards

School Psychologist of the Year Award

SDASP is proud to announce our school psychologist of the year award to Jennifer Johnson! Thank you for everything you do for our students, teachers, parents, for the Pierre School District, and for representing our profession and organization so well!! We are so grateful to have you!

Early Service Award

Please help us congratulate Sara Raue as SDASP’s Early Service Award winner! Sara is in her 4th year at Belle Fourche School District and a contracted employee of Black Hills Special Services Coop. She was nominated by her SPED director and several coworkers, as Sara goes above and beyond to provide exceptional psychological services to her students. Congrats, Sara! We are so lucky to have you!

Bruce Ren’s Scholarship Winner

SDASP is thrilled to announce this years Bruce Rens Scholarship winner– Brittany Lewno! Brittany is a 2nd year Ph.D. student at the University of South Dakota. Brittany’s research poster presentation was entitled “Parenting and Home Environment as Predictors of Third Grade Reading Abilities”.

As the Scholarship winner, SDASP will help send Brittany to this years NASP annual convention! Congrats, Brittany! Well deserved! We hope you enjoy San Antonio.

Friend of SDASP Award

This year SDASP is proud to announce our Friend of SDASP Award to Jaqueline Sly! Jaqueline is a retired teacher of 37 years. She has served in the SD house of Representatives.  She has also served as chairwoman of the house education committee, on the blue ribbon education funding task force, public safety improvement act advisory council, and juvenile justice reinvestment initiative Native American focus group. Jaqueline has been an amazing advocate for not only our students across the state, but also for the role and profession of SD school psychologists. Thank you for everything you do, Jaqueline!