M.S. in School Psychology Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Elina Saeki, Ph.D., NCSP
Program Coordinator
Office: King Hall A2042
Phone: (323) 343-4448
Email: esaeki@calstatela.edu

  • Research Interests: High-stakes testing, school climate, school consultation to support at-risk youth, and systems-level change
  • Courses Taught: School-Based Consultation, Assessment of Social and Behavioral Disorders, Research and Program Evaluation, Individual Counseling Strategies

Pauline Mercado, Ph.D., LEP, NCSP
Professor (FERP)
Office: King Hall A2033
Phone: (323) 343-4445
Email: pmercad@calstatela.edu

  • Research Interest: Bilingual education and training
  • Courses Taught: Developmental Psychology, Pupil Personnel Services Seminar

Leigh Ann Tipton, Ph.D., NCSP
Office: King Hall A2034    
Phone: (323) 343-4280
Email: ltipton@calstatela.edu

  • Research Interests: School consultation to support at-risk youth, transition to adulthood for students with ASD, and legal considerations for special education
  • Courses Taught: Individual Counseling Strategies, Cognitive Assessment and Assessment for Learning Disabilities, Ethics and Law for the Helping Profession

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ramon Barerras, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA
  • Vira Caro-Michel, M.S., NCSP, BCBA
  • Nicole Garcia, Ph.D., NCSP
  • Delores Mata, M.S.
  • Roseann Casalicchio, M.S.


Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School Psychology