Name: Amity E Currie
Title: Professional Lecturer in Educational Psychology
Office Location: Dyson 388B
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2821
Email: Amity.Currie@marist.edu
Degrees Held: Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, Capella University
M.A. in School Psychology, Marist College
Courses for certification, SUNY New Paltz
B.A., Williams College

Certifications: New York State Elementary N - 6
New York State School Psychologist

Bio: After a dozen years as a classroom teacher (everything from third grade through high school math), I went back to get a degree in school psychology. Both of my children had been diagnosed with developmental disorders, and I found myself fascinated with special education, and with helping general education teachers work effectively with all students. I have been at Marist since 1999, and love teaching teachers.

Interests: My goal is to help teachers and parents find ways of helping children reach their "full stature." To do this, I teach problem-solving skills, effective use of data, integration of technology, and advocacy skills. I am a proponent of "solution-focused" thinking, which encourages hopefulness and the study of exceptions in looking for solutions. I love using technology, and can often be found trying to solve people's computer-related problems (even when they ask me to stop-- you can't get rid of me quite that easily!), or developing databases that few people need or want.

Research Interests: Assistive technology, cognitive factors in childhood developmental disabilities, solution-focused interventions, integration of technology, technology education for teachers, portfolios in teacher education, psychological factors in chronic illness
Affiliations: CEC (Council for Exceptional Children)-- Teacher Education and Technology and Media Divisions

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)-- Teacher Education and Special Education Technology Special Interest Groups

NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)