sragonese_lgSarah M. Ragonese, Ph.D., is a nationally certified school psychologist. At the start of her career she served as a research associate with the Equity Project at Indiana University. As part of her work, Sarah assisted in analyzing and revamping the general education intervention processes at nine elementary schools as a means of reducing minority disproportionality in special education.  She has published several articles on the subject as part of her collaboration with the Equity Project at Indiana University. Additionally, Sarah has conducted research in the area of service learning and has been published in this field. Her service learning model has recently been utilized by several universities and colleges as a model for structuring their programs. Sarah has also worked as an Instructor at Indiana University-Bloomington and taught numerous undergraduate courses designed for elementary education majors. As part of her graduate training, Sarah completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. This school district serves more than 100,000 students. The district’s Department of Psychological Services is believed to be the most highly recognized in the state of Texas and has earned many awards for their excellence in providing School Psychological Services.

Sarah is currently practicing as a school psychologist with Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. She has worked with students ranging from the age of two years old to twenty one years old across educational settings, including alternative placements. Sarah has had vast experience with conducting psychoeducational assessments, developing and implementing research-based intervention programs, providing individual and group counseling services to students, developing and presenting professional development trainings regarding response-to-intervention, positive behavioral supports, crisis intervention, and many other topics for school-wide staff.  In addition, she has consulted with teachers, administrators, parents and mental healthcare professionals regarding appropriate recommendations and services for students. Sarah also serves as an Indiana RTI Academy Team Member through a grant provided by the Indiana Department of Education. As part of this team she is receiving training to participate in and implement the Instructional Consultation Teams Problem Solving Model at a local elementary school. Additionally, Sarah has experience in the area of gifted education programs and currently serves as a member on the Accelerated Learning Program selection committee.

Sarah graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She then earned her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington.