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.

2022 SDASP Awards

School Psychologist of the Year Award

Penny Petrik is SDASP's 2022 School Psychologist of the Year.

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!

2022 Early Career Award

Kasandra Girard

Bruce Rens Scholarship Winner

Libby Sales