Elina Saeki

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Charter College of Education
Special Education and Counseling
Office Location: KH A2042
Phone: (323) 343-4448 Email: esaeki@calstatela.edu

 

Introduction

I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and my M.Ed. in School Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas and upon conferral of my doctorate, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Houston-Victoria and University of Missouri.

I started at Cal State LA in 2014 as a part-time instructor. I am now an assistant professor and program coordinator of the Master of Science in Counseling-School Psychology Option Program in the Charter College of Education.

Teaching Interests

I teach graduate level courses in the school psychology program, including school-based consultation, assessment of emotional and behavioral disorders, individual counseling strategies, and research and program evaluation. My main objectives as an instructor are to (1) teach foundational theory and topics in school psychology, (2) encourage students to utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills, and (3) foster students' desire for knowledge and provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

Research

My research interests involve (1) theoretical inquiries to understand mechanisms that facilitate positive youth social-emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes and (2) practical applications to enhance school-based services. In particular, my scholarly work focuses on the impact of test-based accountability policies on teachers and students, social-emotional literacy interventions, strategies to enhance student engagement and motivation, applications of school-based consultation in diverse schools, and training and supervision in school psychology.

Publications

Recent PublicationsPublication Year
Ryan, S., von der Embse, N., Pendergast, L., Saeki, E., Segool, N., & Schwing, S. (2017). The role of teacher stress and accountability in teacher attrition. Teaching and Teacher Education, 66, 1-11.2017
Hendricker, E., Saeki, E., & Viola, S. (2017). Trends and perceptions of distance learning in school psychology. Trainers' Forum: Journal of the Trainers of School Psychologists, 34(2), 36-68.2017

von der Embse, N., Pendergast, L., Segool, N., Saeki, E., & Ryan, S. (2016). The differential influences of test score use on teacher wellness and school climate: A comparison across four states. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 492-502.

2016

Saeki, E., Watanabe, Y., & Kido, E. (2015). Developmental and gender trends in emotional literacy and interpersonal competence among Japanese children. International Journal of Emotion Education, 7, 15-35.

2015

Saeki, E., Pendergast, L., Segool, N. K., & von der Embse, N. (2015). Potential psychosocial and instructional consequences of the Common Core State Standards: Implications for research and practice. Contemporary School Psychology, 19, 89-97.

2015

Saeki, E., & Quirk, M. (2015). Getting students engaged might not be enough: The importance of psychological needs satisfaction on social-emotional and behavioral functioning among early adolescents. Social Psychology of Education, 18, 355-371. doi:10.1007/s11218-014-9283-5

2015

McQuillin, S. D., Strait, G. G., & Saeki, E. (2015). Program support and value of training in mentor’s satisfaction and anticipated continuation of school-based mentoring relationships. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 2, 1-16. doi:10.1080/13611267.2015.1047630

2015

Jimerson, S. R., Brown, J. A., Saeki, E., Watanabe, Y., Kobayashi, T., & Hatzichristou, C. (2012). Natural disasters. In S. Brock & S. Jimerson (Eds.), Best practices in crisis prevention and intervention in the schools (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

2012

Saeki, E., Jimerson, S. R., Earhart, J., Hart, S., Renshaw, T., Singh, R. D., & Stewart, K. (2011). Response to Intervention (RtI) in the social, emotional, and behavioral domains: Current challenges and emerging possibilities. Contemporary School Psychology, 15, 43-52.

2011

Singh, R., Jimerson, S. R., Renshaw, T., Saeki, E., Hart, S. R., Earhart, J., & Stewart, K. (2011). A summary and synthesis of contemporary empirical evidence regarding the effects of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.). Contemporary School Psychology, 15, 93-102.

2011

Saeki, E., Ishikuma, T., Watanabe, Y., & Jimerson, S. R. (2011). Japanese translation: New schools for students with disabilities: Tips for families who have been relocated. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

2011

Saeki, E., Ishikuma, T., Watanabe, Y., & Jimerson, S. R. (2011). Japanese translation: Risk factors for trauma reaction. Tokyo, Japan: Japan School Psychology Association.

2011
Dowdy, E., Furlong, M., Eklund, K., Saeki, E., & Ritchey, K. (2010). Screening for mental health and wellness: Current school-based practices and emerging possibilities. In B. Doll, W. Pfohl, & J. Yoon (Eds.), Handbook of Youth Prevention Science. New York, NY: Routledge.2010

 

Presentations

Select Presentations (*denotes students)Presentation Year

Saeki, E., Pendergast, L., von der Embse, N., & Segool, N. (2017, February). Caring for the caregivers: Supporting early elementary teachers. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, San Antonio, TX.

2017

Saeki, E., Hendricker, E., & Viola, S. (2017, February). Distance education in school psychology: Who’s doing what? Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, San Antonio, TX.

2017

*Castillo, N., Osipova, A., & Saeki, E. (2017, February). Family focused programs for parents of children with special needs. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, San Antonio, TX.

2017

*Duran, M., & Saeki, E. (2017, February). Teaching socialization skills to Latino/a elementary students. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, San Antonio, TX.

2017
*Duran, M., & Saeki, E. (2016, October). Lunch bunch group for Latino elementary students. Poster presented at the California Association of School Psychologists Conference, Newport Beach, CA.2016

Hendricker, E., Saeki, E., Viola, S., Diamond, E., Chaffin, J., & Ruby, S. (2016, February). Online training in school psychology: Planning, implementation, and evaluation. Symposium presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, New Orleans, LA.

2016

Segool, N., Saeki, E., von der Embse, N., & Pendergast, L. (2016, February). High-stakes testing: Effects on school climate, teaching, and stress. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, New Orleans, LA.

2016

Saeki, E., Hendricker, E., & Viola, S. (2015, February). Online school psychology programs: Issues in training and supervision. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Orlando, FL.

2015

von der Embse, N., Pendergast, L., Segool, N., & Saeki, E. (2015, February). An evaluation of accountability policy on climate, teaching, and stress. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Orlando, FL.

2015

McQuillin, S., & Saeki, E. (2013, February). Mechanisms of change in school-based psychosocial interventions. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Seattle, WA.

2013

Pastorek, M., Saeki, E., Coleman, S., Crawford, S., & Hartmann, K. (2013, February). Integrating applied research and intern training in a school setting. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Seattle, WA.

2013

Watanabe, Y., & Saeki, E. (2012, July). When faced with interpersonal conflict: Developmental trends in emotional literacy and social skills acquisition among elementary and secondary students. Paper presented at the International School Psychology Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

2012

Saeki, E., & Quirk, M. (2012, February). Student engagement and motivation: Relations to social-emotional and behavioral functioning. Participant Information Exchange (PIE) Session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2012

 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
  • M.Ed., School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 2006