Elizabeth Holtzman

Adams Library (AL) 119
(401) 456-8051

Academic Background

Ph.D. 2000 University of Texas-Austin Educational Psychology-School Psychology
Internship 1999-2000 Houston Independent School District Psychological Services in the Schools
BA 1992 Colgate University Philosophy, Psychology

Courses Taught

CEP 150 Topics
CEP 315 Educational Psychology
CEP 531 Human Development Across Cultures
CEP 537 Group Counseling
CEP 552 Psychological Perspectives of Learning and Teaching
CEP 605 Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 602 Social and Emotional Assessment
CEP 603 Professional School Psychology

Selected Publications or Presentations

Eagle, J., Eagle, S., Holtzman, E. & Synder, A. (2014). Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): Collaboration between School Psychologists and Administrators to Promote Systems Level Change. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.

Holtzman, E. & Richardson, J. (Under review). Secular Mindfulness Within a PBIS Frame: One School’s Journey Toward an Integrated Approach to Promoting Positive Mental Health. Paper to be presented at National Association of School Psychologist Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA.

Kraus, R., August, G. & Holtzman, E. (August, 2012). Mt Pleasant High School Teacher Academy: Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Teacher Candidates. Paper presented at ATE. Boston, MA.

Holtzman, E., Dukes, T.W & Page, T. (2012). Interdisciplinary school leadership development for pre-service graduate students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Holtzman, E. & Snyder, A. (2010). Educating leaders in a culture of change: Harnessing the power of community partnerships. Issues in Teaching and Learning. Rhode Island College.

Holtzman, E. G. (March, 2010). From yoga to group counseling: Addressing one classroom’s anxiety needs. Paper to be presented at National Association of School Psychologist Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Holtzman, E. G., Darcy, M. G., Dukes, T. W., Eagle, J., Page, T., Snyder, A. M., & Dowd-Eagle, S. E., (2010, February). Enabling Shared Leadership: Cross-disciplinary Graduate Education, Training and Practice. Symposium presented at the 42nd Annual New England Education Research Organization (NEERO) Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Teaching Collaborations

Interdisciplinary School Leadership Development Seminar

3 session inter departmental series---School culture is, in part, comprised of the beliefs shared by education professionals, including principals, school counselors and school psychologists. This series examines beliefs of pre-service graduate students in Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology regarding the roles and functions of each specific discipline in addressing challenging student behavior. This process will utilize “crucial conservations” (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler, 2002) to unpack underlying assumptions of school discipline systems and their responsiveness to students with different emotional and behavioral needs. The impact of interdisciplinary collaboration on graduate student development will be examined through theoretical discussion, experiential learning and case based training.

Research Interests

Dr. Gibbons Holtzman’s current projects include:
(a) Mindfulness and education
1. Completed year long certification program through Mindful Schools. Collaborating with Henry Barnard School to support mindfulness curriculum school wide.
2. Promoting pre-service teacher wellness in elementary education and early childhood by teaching mindfulness techniques to student teachers.
(b) Created program through a collaboration of Learning for Life, the Disabilities Service Center and RIC's Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology Department for students who suspect they have a learning disability but have not had the opportunity for a current and comprehensive evaluation to participate in a strength based Comprehensive Learning Assessment. The goals of this assessment include: identifying strengths and needs of the student, increasing the student's self--awareness of their learning, and documenting needed academic accommodations and supports. Targeted recommendations based on the assessment results are generated and shared with the student to support their path to success at Rhode Island College.

Community Involvement

Advisory Board, Mount Pleasant Teacher Academy

Board member, Rhode Island School Psychology Association

RI School Psychology Leadership Coalition

Professional Experience

Licensed Psychologist (2000-present) Clinical interests include child, adolescent and family counseling for emotional and social challenges; supporting individuals with Asperger’s Disorder be successful throughout their school journey and beyond; teacher stress and school crisis.

Consultant (2000-present) Provide professional development training and support to schools, professional groups and organizations concerning topics related to social and emotional functioning at individual, classroom and system levels.

Teach for America (1992-1994)

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