Student Profiles

Sandy Allam
I have always wanted to become a School Psychologist since I started my college experience almost 7 years ago. I graduated with my dual bachelor's degree in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Kean University and UMDNJ in 2008. I then decided to pursue my MA in Educational Psychology with the goal of continuing onto the Professional Diploma in School Psychology program. I am attaining my MA degree in August of 2011 and looking forward to becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in 2013! I cannot wait to start helping students reach their potential and achieve their goals to become successful, contributing members of society.

Jessica Perez
I was born and raised in Union County, New Jersey, where I have been an active member of my community through volunteering and working in the public schools. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Psychology. Early on in my undergraduate studies, I followed my passion and began working with children in urban schools, summer camps, a mentoring program for at risk students, and became involved in research at the Children's Hospital of New Jersey. I feel that Kean's PD Program offers an array of opportunities that are allowing me to enhance my learning experiences beyond the classroom. For example, I have had the opportunity to develop my own research project under the advisement of Dr. Brandwein and Dr. Garro. The School Psychology Program at Kean University offers unique educational opportunities, as there are various chances to volunteer and actively contribute to the learning process. On my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

Kerri Hagen
I have lived in Morris County for most of my life, and have reveled in the opportunity and possibility that a New Jersey education has provided for me. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University in 2009 with honors. Being a Graduate Assistant has allowed me to become greatly connected to this university, and, overall, I have greatly enjoyed my first year of graduate study here at Kean. As a Professional Diploma student, I have been in contact with esteemed faculty who are knowledgeable in the field and I have learned tremendously even thus far. The first year practicum has only propelled my passion and interest for this field. I am most directly interested in being an advocate for diverse learners and children with disabilities, while simultaneously being a effective and amicable liaison between administration, faculty, students, and parents alike.

Angela Almeida
Hi! I am a Portuguese-American who was raised in East Brunswick, NJ. I attended Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Madison campus and completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology. At FDU, I was involved in the Florham Park Honors program where I presented my honors thesis on Birth Order and the College Experience. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was nominated by faculty for Phi Omega Epsilon Honors. My research interests include childhood trauma, neglect, abuse, and its impact on school performance as well as differences in attachment patterns. I am also interested in working with children who suffer with emotional disturbances as well as studying the effects of secondary or vicarious trauma and coping methods used by those working in an acute psychiatric setting. As a student in the Professional Diploma program for School Psychology at Kean I feel confident that I will be well prepared and trained to work in a variety of settings. I am grateful to be in this program and begin my career at Kean University with my cohort, Class of 2013.

Stacey Perlman
After growing up in New Jersey, I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst magna cum laude, with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. Working with and/or for the benefit of children has always been a passion of mine. I have been a swimming instructor at a local pool for the past seven summers in addition to actively fundraising for Teach for America for the past four years. Consequently, school psychology initially struck me as the perfect career—combining two of my greatest passions, helping children and education. After beginning my studies at Kean, my initial reaction was reaffirmed. My coursework as well as the first year practicum have been enjoyable learning experiences that will enhance my career and ultimately aid me in becoming a successful professional.

Gena Hartman
Hello! My name is Gena and I am currently pursuing my Professional Diploma and certification in School Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Educational Psychology. I'm originally from New York and now reside in New Jersey. I went to Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ and did cheerleading and swimming. I graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009. During my free time, I like to spend time with friends and family, go shopping, dance, and travel. Middle school is my desired grade range when I become a School Psychologist. So far, I'm thoroughly enjoying my first year as a graduate student in Kean's graduate School Psychology Program. I am very engaged in all the information I'm learning and interested to learn more!

Natalia Galante
Hello my name is Natalia Galante and I am a first year graduate student at Kean University. I was born in Argentina and move to the U.S. 11 years ago. I'm currently the Graduate Assistant for the Kean University Writing Project. Before starting the School Psychology program I was a Family Support/Assessment Worker at a nonprofit organization that served families in Middlesex and Somerset County.