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!

2017-18 SDASP Awards

School Psychologist of the Year Award & Early Service Award

Please help us congratulate the South Dakota School Psychologist of the Year, Alyssa Larson (pictured right). Alyssa is a school psychologist in the Watertown School District and was nominated by her colleagues and the Director of Special Education. Alyssa has served as past SDASP president and has held several other leadership options in her profession. Alyssa is an example of how to incorporate systems approaches to mental health in schools!

Kali Ahlers (pictured left) is our recipient of the Early Service Award. This is awarded to a school psychologist who is an exemplar school psychologist in their first 5 years of service. Kali is also SDASP’s social media director. 

Congratulations to both of these award recipients!

Bruce Ren’s Scholarship Winner

Please help us congratulate our USD school psychology graduate students, Karlie Warne and Sara Lemmer for being the recipients of the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists Bruce Rens Scholarship. Your research and presentation on Positive Behavioral Interventions for Students with Autism aims to not only promote the field of school psychology, but also assists parents, teachers, and students with autism spectrum disorder. Wonderful job, ladies!

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!