Welcome Message from SDASP President, Kali Ahlers

Greetings and thanks for visiting the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists website!

The Purpose of SDASP is:

  • To serve the educational and mental health needs of ALL students.

  • To encourage and provide opportunities for the professional growth of school psychologists.

  • To inform the public about the services and practice of psychology in the schools.

  • To advance the standards of the profession of school psychology.

  • To cooperate with other agencies, offices, and organizations on subjects of common concern.

The vision of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is that all children and youth access the learning, behavior, and mental health support needed to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. Consistent with this vision is the core purpose of NASP, which is to empower school psychologists to promote the learning, behavior, and mental health of all children and youth. This purpose is accomplished through the values of integrity, diversity, a focus on children and youth, advocacy, collaborative relationships, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership. (2020, NASP)

We invite you to explore this site to learn more about our profession, school psychologist positions in-state, and the various activities of our association.

2021 SDASP Awards

School Psychologist of the Year Award

Alicia Peterson is SDASP's 2021 School Psychologist of the Year Recipient.


SDASP's Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Ted Williams is SDASP's 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Williams & Dr. Oyen


Dr. Williams with just a handful of the school psychologists he has supervised and mentored throughout the years!


2021 Early Career Award

Erin Sibbel



Erin was nominated for the 2021 Early Career Award by several special education teachers, school psychologists, and administrators in the districts in which she serves: Platte-Geddes, Kimball, and Lyman. This is Erin's fifth year working for Core Educational Cooperative. Here are a few of the comments her colleagues had to share about her.

Erin has incredible instincts and is not afraid to ask questions though she is nearly always on the right track with what she is thinking.

Erin's belief in providing the most appropriate service for children is always at the foremost of her decision making. She spends the time to work with all the members of a child's team to ensure they are a part of the decision making process.

The personal traits that make her one of the best people you will meet, also make her an exceptional team member. Erin is approachable, organized, funny (possibly the funniest coworker I have ever had), humble, and willing to help in any way she can.

No matter if you have a question, an ear to bounce things off of, or even just for a laugh, this is your girl.

Bruce Ren's Scholarship Winner

Karissa Jensen