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, 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, PPS 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 

Rotating  Adjunct Faculty
Ramon Barerras, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA
Vira Caro-Michel, M.S., NCSP, BCBA


Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School Psychology