Dr. Shirley A. Woika

Dr. Shirley A. Woika
Phone: 8148632421
Office Address:
101A CEDAR Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park

Title

Associate Professor of Education (School Psychology)

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Centers

CEDAR Clinic

Programs

School Psychology

Other Penn State Affiliations

Penn State Center for Children and the Law - Affiliated Faculty member, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

Biography

Dr. Shirley Woika is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist.  She began her career as a teacher with certificates in both elementary and special education.  She earned a PhD in School Psychology and gained additional experience as a school psychologist.  After completing a special education supervisory certificate and earning her superintendent’s letter of eligibility, she gained supervisory experience as a special education supervisor and central office administrator.  After 24 years in schools, she joined Penn State’s School Psychology Program as a faculty member where she teaches courses in assessment, psychopathology, school law, and supervision, and she supervises students in the on-site clinic and practicum placements. 

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Adolescence
Childhood

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Clinical Supervision
School Psychology

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Primary/Elementary
Secondary/High School

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Learning

Learning Assessment

Methodological Research

Evaluation
Measurement

Organizational Management

Administration
Legal

Social Issues

Education and Law

Special Education

AD/HD
Autism
Mild Disabilities

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development Schools
Supervision

Courses Taught

EDUC 100S - First Year Seminar in Education

ED PSY 010 - Individual Differences and Education

RHS 100 - Introduction to Disability Culture

S PSY 510 - Supervision of Pupil Service Personnel

S PSY 554 - Psychological and Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children

S PSY 555 - Special Education, School Governance and School Law

S PSY 575 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

S PSY 595A (multiple sections) - Practicum in School Psychology

Office Hours

Spring 2017:
Tuesday 3:00-4:15; Thursday 12:00-1:15 and by appointment 

Education History

B.S. - Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University in May 1984; M.S. - School Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in August 1988; Ph.D. - School Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in May 1993; Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Shippensburg University in May 2006

Representative Publications

Woika, S. A.  (2015).  Practial Guidance for Supervisors of School Psychologists.  Insight.  35(2), 8-9.  

Woika, S. A.  (2014).  Something Old, Something New:  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities  Amendments Act of 2008.  Insight. 34(3), 6-7.

Winnick, J. B., & Woika, S. A.  (2014).  Diabetes in school-age children:  Assessment and eligibility issues.  Communique.  42(7), 1, 29-31.

Schlager, O. M., & Woika, S. A.  (2014).  Children with Special Needs and Tuition Reimbursement for Private Schooling:  What Does the Law Say?  The Pennsylvania Administrator.  18(2), 31-33.

Woika, S. A., & Bowersox, C. M.  (2013).  Joining forces:  Collaboration between private practitioners and school psychologists.  Pennsylvania Psychologist.  73(8), 23-24.

Ortiz, A., & Woika, S. A.  (2013).  Teaching to the Letter of the Law.  Language Magazine.  12(11), 24-29.

Bowersox, C. M., & Woika, S. A.  (2013).  School psychologists’ role in the diagnosis of ADHD: To be or not to be?  Insight, 33(3), 1-3.

Pavelski, A. I., & Woika, S. A.  (2013).  Education of the Homeless.  The Pennsylvania Administrator.  17(2), 35-37.

Woika, S. A., & Bowersox, C. M.  (2013).  Child abuse and mandated reporting.  Educational Horizons, 91(April/May), 26-29.

Bowersox, C. M., Woika, S. A., & Mitchell, C. J.  (2013).  Mandated reporting:  A critical role ofadministrators.  The Pennsylvania Administrator.  17(1), 21-22, 25.

Activities and Honors

Honors/Awards

School Psychologist of the Year – 2009, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers – 2002

 

Professional Organizations

Executive Board, Professional Development Chair - Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania

Member – National Association of School Psychologists, Little People’s Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Phi Delta Kappa