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UW-Eau Claire graduate receives award for work in school psychology

April 2, 2014
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Krystle Kaifesh receives the 2014 Susan Allard Award for her work in school psychology.

EAU CLAIRE — Krystle Kaifesh, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate originally from West Allis, is the recipient of the 2014 Susan Allard Award presented by the Wisconsin School Psychology Association. The award is presented annually to an outstanding nondoctoral graduate student based on excellence in practice, research and service.

Kaifesh earned a master's degree in education in 2011 and an education specialist degree in school psychology in 2013 from UW-Eau Claire. She currently works as a school psychologist at the Stanley-Boyd School District, which serves more than 1,000 students in grades PK-12.

Dr. Michael Axelrod, an associate professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, nominated Kaifesh for the award based on her skills related to the practice of school psychology, research accomplishments and dedication to serving children with special needs.

"As a school psychologist, Krystle has excelled in the three areas most often required of practitioners: assessment, intervention and consultation," Axelrod said. "She also has made an impact in her current school district by contributing to several system-level initiatives. In the area of research, Krystle's thesis is an example of how our school psychology graduate students at UW-Eau Claire use complex research methodologies to answer important, profession-related questions. She has presented her thesis, as well as other research conducted at UW-Eau Claire, at two National Association of School Psychologists conventions."

Receiving the Susan Allard Award is an honor, Kaifesh said, and reflects the work she has completed over the last four years.

"I am thankful to members of the faculty for nominating me for the award, and I am very grateful that the state association has chosen me to receive it," Kaifesh said. "The award reflects the amount of work I have put into my thesis for my Ed.S. degree and program completion."

Kaifesh was honored by the Wisconsin School Psychology Association at a luncheon held March 27 in Baraboo. She plans to submit a manuscript of her thesis for publication.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Axelrod at axelromi@uwec.edu or 715-836-5020.

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