Dr. Shirley A. Woika

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


Professor of Education (School Psychology)


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


CEDAR Clinic


School Psychology

Other Penn State Affiliations

Penn 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

Age Levels


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Clinical Supervision
School Psychology

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Secondary/High School

Individual Difference

Learning Processes


Learning Assessment

Methodological Research


Organizational Management


Social Issues

Education and Law

Special Education

Mild Disabilities

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development Schools

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 2019:
Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 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


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