Dr. Shirley A. Woika
TitleAssociate Professor of Education (School Psychology)
DepartmentEducational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Other Penn State AffiliationsPenn State Center for Children and the Law - Affiliated Faculty member, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.
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
Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
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
Tuesday 3:00-4:15; Thursday 12:00-1:15 and by appointment
Education HistoryB.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
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
School Psychologist of the Year – 2009, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers – 2002
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