School Psychology Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Elina Saeki Profile Picture

Elina Saeki, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Office: King Hall A2041
Phone: (323) 343-4448
Email: [email protected]

  • Research Interests: Teacher well-being, high-stakes testing, school climate, school consultation to support at-risk youth, systems-level change, training in school psychology
  • Courses Taught: School-Based Consultation; Assessment of Social and Behavioral Disorders; Individual Counseling Strategies; Ethics, Law and Professional Issues in Counseling; Practicum and Internship Supervision


Leigh Ann Tipton Profile Picture

Leigh Ann Tipton-Fisler, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor
Office: King Hall A2034    
Phone: (323) 343-4280
Email: [email protected]

  • 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 Clinical Counseling; Cognitive Assessment; Assessment for Learning Disabilities; Practicum and Internship Supervision 

Dr. Kezia Gopaul-Knights profile picture

Kezia Gopaul-Knights, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor
Office: King Hall A2042   
Email: [email protected]

  • Research Interests: Discipline and parenting practices among minority populations; kindergarten readiness; predictors of academic success in children and adolescents
  • Courses Taught: Individual Counseling Strategies; Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in School Psychology; School-Wide Applied Behavior Analysis; Supervised Field Experience in School Psychology; Research in Counseling

Part Time Lecturers

  • Vira Caro-Michel, M.S., NCSP, BCBA
  • Nicole Garcia, Ph.D., NCSP
  • Dolores Mata, M.S.
  • Yiwen Zhu, Ph.D., NCSP
  • Jose Fonseca, M.S.


Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School Psychology