School Psychology Alum, Hiral Bhatt, Wins 2014 NASP Presidential Award!

Hiral Bhatt, was awarded the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2014 Presidential Award  for her work on Collaboration, Advocacy, and Leadership on behalf of the NASP. The award was presented at the Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. this past February.

Hiral has been involved in the Governance Enhancement Initiative Task Force since December 2012 and also particiated on the Strategic Planning Committee meeting (2013). She was asked to join both groups as an early career member.

Hiral graduated from Lehigh University with an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. She is currently serving as a school psychologist at two elementary schools in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Hiral's responsibilities include providing a wide range of indirect services for students, parents, and staff that include prevention, intervention, consultation, and collaboration, as well as direct student services including assessments for special education, counseling, and crisis intervention.

In addition to her primary responsibilities, Hiral also serves as a member of each school's Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports teams that make data-based decisions to improve and enhance student outcomes in academics and behavior. Hiral is an active member of the multidisciplinary school teams and serves as a liaison between schools, homes and communities.