KIRBY L. WYCOFF, Psy.D., Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Assistant Professor of School Psychology holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the APA approved Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Masters of Education in School Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lehigh University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and New York State Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Wycoff also sits on the governing board of the American Psychological Association’s Section 13, Division 17 – “Human-Animal Interactions.”
Dr. Wycoff recently completed her post-doctoral residency at a residential school for high-risk youth in the North Eastern United States. Dr. Wycoff completed her APA approved internship at the same site and over the course of her tenure there, developed multi-species AAT group programming for students across grades pre-K through 12 with a particular focus on the development of social-emotional competence. She presented on this work in 2012 at the 150th Anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association and International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations Annual Conference in Chicago, as well as presenting posters on CARAT at the 2012 Penn-Vet Working Dog Conference.
Currently, Dr. Wycoff serves as a tenure track faculty member at Worcester State University in Central Massachusetts, where she is teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She enjoys working with her students in the NASP approved graduate program of School Psychology, where she is responsible for all of their clinical training. These students, and future mental health professionals, have the opportunity to learn about animals in the family system, human-animal interactions, Animal Assisted Therapy and the potential links between family violence and animal abuse. Dr. Wycoff’s research program will focus on Human-Animal Interactions and the various related aspects of Human Animal Interactions, with a particular focus on efficacy, theory, clinical application and ethical considerations.
Dr. Wycoff lives in Central Massachusetts and shares her life with her Bichon Frise, Sophia, Cricket the Border Collie, Bodhi the tabby cat and her horse Shady (an Off the Track Thoroughbred). She enjoys training animals of all kinds, participating in dog sports, clicker training her cat and trail riding with friends