Alumni in Action
DoriAnn Adragna, Ph.D. Ed.S.
Peak Pediatric Psychology
Licensed Psychologist PSYC 0004594
Licensed School Psychologist
Dr. DoriAnn Adragna received her Ed.S. degree in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012. She began working as school psychologist in an urban school district while completing her doctorate degree. During her graduate training, she received specialized training in traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorders. She graduated in 2015 with her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver and moved with her husband to their home town of Montrose, CO. Together, they opened Peak Professionals, an integrated healthcare clinic that includes family medicine, psychology, and dental hygiene. Dr. Adragna is the co-owner of Peak Pediatric Psychology (a company within Peak Professionals) where she provides counseling, assessment, and consultation services to children and their families. Further, Dr. Adragna contracts with a local private school implementing a bullying prevention awareness program, consulting with teachers, and developing a school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports System.
In November 2016, Dr. Adragna and her husband were awarded two grants totaling $30,000 from the Colorado Brain Injury Program. The first grant helped produce the HeadSTRONG program, a helmet awareness campaign designed to increase helmet usage amongst individuals on Colorado’s Western Slope. Through the HeadSTRONG program, a total of 73 individuals pledged to wear a helmet, over 40 helmets were given to adults and children, and information on the importance of wearing a helmet was distributed and embraced by the community through events, local organizations, and press releases. The second grant helped Dr. Adragna expanded the pediatric traumatic brain injury screening tool she developed through her dissertation into an online tool available to Colorado educators and medical practices. This tool designs interventions and provides them immediately to teachers via a PDF file to begin implementing with children who have received a traumatic brain injury. Further, Peak Professionals was accepted into the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) program. SIM is a grant designed to assist in practice transformation by integrating behavioral health and primary care. In her spare time, Dr. Adragna enjoys spending time with her husband Joe, two-year-old daughter Amelia, and their Chihuahua/Pompeian mix dog Sam.
Here are some links to Dr. Adragna’s recent work:
For more information on Peak Professionals visit www.peakpros.org.
To learn more about the HeadSTRONG program, visit beheadstrong.co Or Facebook.com/BEHEADSTRONG or visit http://montrosemirror.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ISSUE226FINAL.pdf for a local press release of the program. Construction of the website for the TBI tool is still underway and will be available soon.
Hattie Shelton Harvey, PhD, NCSP
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
University of Alaska Anchorage
Dr. Hattie Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Nationally Credentialed School Psychologist. Dr. Harvey’s research is focused on social-emotional curriculum and intervention supports in preschool and kindergarten settings, along with the use of authentic assessment in early childhood classrooms. Since graduating in 2011 from the Child, Family and School Psychology program, Dr. Harvey worked as a school psychologist for the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska for three years with a focus on preschool programming and early childhood special education. In 2014 she took a job at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Lead for the Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education program. Dr. Harvey’s teaches courses on inclusion for young children, early childhood assessment, and positive behavior supports for young children.
Dr. Harvey was recently highlighted by the University of Alaska Anchorage as a Community-Engaged Faculty Scholar, for her collaborative research with preschool programs and Head Start programs on topics including reducing challenging behaviors in preschool children, linking authentic assessment to instructional programming, and improving Child Find practices for preschool dual language learners. Dr. Harvey has obtained $24,000 in Community-Engaged Grants through the University of Alaska Anchorage to support these research projects and has presented at both state and national conferences on her research, including at the Division for Early Childhood, the National Association of Education for Young Children, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Educational Research Association. Some of Dr. Harvey’s research can be found in publications including Early Education and Development, Educational Assessment, and NAEYC For Families. Dr. Harvey recently embarked on a new project, Llakulluta: All Together, to support and enhance family engagement in Yup’ik Immersion Head Start programs in Alaska. Lastly, Dr. Harvey enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors in Alaska with her two young boys and husband and catching fresh red salmon!
To learn more about Dr. Harvey visit her profile and the following links: https://alaska.digication.com/coe_bio_dr_hattie_harvey/Welcome/.
In a local newspaper article about some of her recent work!
In her University newsletter about the published article Executive Function Skills, Early Mathematics, and Vocabulary in Head Start Preschool Children:
Dr. Marisa Simoni is a 2020 graduate of the Child, Family, and School Psychology Ph.D. program and a current post-doctoral fellow with Oregon Health and Sciences University. Marisa also currently serves as a site supervisor for advanced practicum students and internship trainees.
In her time in the field, Marisa has practiced in a primary care setting, two schools, and several academic medical centers, including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mott Children’s Hospital, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She described her career so far as a non-linear pathway towards finding her identity and passion as it relates to the theoretical practices of school psychology and the applied practices of pediatric and health service psychology. As the only current post-doctoral fellow at OHSU coming from a school psychology background(!), Marisa feels proud to be able to offer alternative conceptualizations, strategies, and interventions for those she works with. Her focus now is teaming with parents, schools, and other medical providers to ensure that the children she works with are well supported and making gains in treatment.
Marisa’s favorite memories from her time at DU are simply put: the people. “I met some my best friends from the school psychology program […] writing our dissertations together while surviving off of Red Bull and gummy worms for weekends on end ironically kept me sane. I felt a great sense of camaraderie, support, and undoubted understanding from my fellow peers and colleagues.”
Marisa’s words of wisdom for current or prospective students is to use your setbacks as an opportunity to reflect, learn, grow, and succeed. Learn from them, make a plan, and never take no for an answer.