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 NJASP

New Jersey Association of School Psychologists

Award Recipients


NJASP School Psychologist of the Year

Stephanie Fraiser—School Psychologist Lenape Regional High School, Ed.S., NCSP

                                NJASP Executive Board Member, Membership Chair, Past President


Stephanie Frasier, Ed.S. NCSP, has been a school psychologist with Lenape Regional High School District for over 16 years. She is currently an NJASP executive board member and membership chair, a past president of NJASP, a member of NJASP’s research and conference committees. As a member of the research committee, she has contributed to studies presented at the International Association of School Psychologists (ISPA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Before becoming a school psychologist, she worked as a mobile therapist providing wrap around services to at-risk youth and a behavioral specialist at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, NJ. While working at Bancroft she developed, implemented and oversaw behavior plans and served as a member of the behavior management committee. Stephanie’s current interests includes assisting students transition from high school to adulthood, writing collaborative reports with the LDT/C, and partnering with families and outside service providers to better assist the needs of high school students. 

Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” McDonald—Assistant Commissioner, Division of Student Services NJ Department of Education

Dr. McDonald began her work as a consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, then went on to become the State Director of Special Education before entering her current role as the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Student Services. She continuously works to improve literacy education and has led initiatives on improving districts’ ability to identify and serve students with dyslexia. Dr. McDonald served as a NJ Department of Education Representative on the dyslexia handbook taskforce that brought the New Jersey Dyslexia Handbook, A Guide to Early Literacy Development & Reading Struggles (September 2017) into fruition. Dr. McDonald has been instrumental in New Jersey’s efforts in implementing a multitiered systems of support framework for addressing the academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of children. She focuses her efforts on breaking down the barriers between special education and general education so that all students have access to a high-quality general education curriculum with the support and services they need. Dr. McDonald serves on the State Special Education Advisory Council (SSEAC). Dr. Sol B. Heckelman, who has worked directly with and observed Dr. McDonald’s efforts for over 30 years, praises her positive supportive manner: “Peggy has been wise enough to be patient, open to others’ concerns, and explain issues clearly and concretely in her consistent efforts to maximize students’ growth.” In addition to her professional efforts, Dr. McDonald has also been involved with the Special Olympics and takes personal time to develop grant applications to help support evidence-based programs and practices throughout the state. Former Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services, Susan Martz, has worked closely with Dr. McDonald for almost 30 years, recognizing her as someone who “has always made time to help individual parents and professionals who needed her advice, expertise and assistance and treated them with respect, compassion, and kindness.” Martz continues, “She has effected positive policy change at the state level—a formidable task that required perseverance and persuasiveness—and profoundly influenced the lives of professionals, families and youth statewide.” 

Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award

Dr. Stefan Dombrowski—Professor/Program Director at Rider University

Dr. Dombrowski is the Director of the School Psychology Program at Rider University, restructuring the program to achieve accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 2007. In addition to his extremely high teaching load, Dr. Dombrowski has published more than 80 articles and has written 4 books on childhood development and psychological assessment, measurement, and intervention. His work has had over 1,700 citations, naming him as the fifth most productive scholar at the school psychology specialist level of training. Dr. Karen L. Gischlar, colleague of Dr. Dombrowski and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at Rider University, credits Dr. Dombrowski as a “prolific researcher” and “one of the kindest, most giving and genuine professionals with whom I have worked with in an educational career that has spanned 34 years.” Dr. Dombrowksi was recognized with Rider University’s Dominik A. Iorio Distinguished Research Award in 2011 and elected into The Society for the Study of School Psychology. His co-authored article, “Cognitive Profile Analysis in School Psychology,” was named the 2018 Article of the Year in the Journal of School Psychology. Dr. Roy P. Martin, Professor Emeritus, who served as Dr. Dombrowski’s major professor at the University of Georgia honors Dr. Dombroski as, “a gifted individual who has compiled a dossier of professional activities that have had a major impact on the practice of psychological assessment and other topics of direct relevance to practicing school psychologists. Stefan’s work is the strongest of any person I have supervised in 40 years of training school psychologists.” His contributions to research continue to translate into practice by producing highly-qualified practitioners in the field of school psychology. Dr. Dombrowski is also a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in NJ and PA, and has continued to provide school psychology and clinical child psychology services in Philadelphia public schools and in private practice for the past 18 years. 

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