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Contracts and Benefits


The Dallas Independent School District will provide the intern with the following:

  1. A written contractual agreement specifying the professional psychology intern as a full-time employee for a term of one year and terms of compensation and proration of salary in 12 equal monthly payments.
  2. A salary range starting at $29,533, depending on prior salaried experience in education or mental health services to children.
  3. Employee benefits consistent with those of other school psychologists including:
      1. sick leave of 8 days
      2. school holidays and non-contract days based on a 226-day contract consistent with DISD Board approved calendar.
      3. optional group medical, dental, and vision plans (partially paid by the district), optional group life insurance, optional disability income and salary continuation, and employee assistance program
      4. mileage reimbursement for job-related travel
      5. worker's compensation
      6. deductions for teacher retirement
      7. other benefits such as pre-tax withdrawal of health insurance premiums, annuities, etc.
  4. An appropriate work environment including adequate equipment, materials, and office facilities


Intern Selection Criteria


The criteria utilized in selecting interns is as follows:

I. Application requirements on file by December 1:

a. completed AAPI (Application for Psychology Internships) online

b. current, comprehensive resume

c. statement indicating goals for the internship (can be submitted as part of cover letter)

d. Three supporting letters of recommendations and endorsement which demonstrate

1) prior training, interests and goals appropriate to the internship program

2) ability to apply assessment/diagnosis and intervention/treatment knowledge in school psychology under supervision

3) ethical conduct

4) interpersonal skills appropriate to the professional practice of school psychology

e. Official transcripts of all graduate work indicating courses or course content in the following:

1) Biological, social, cognitive, affective, and individual bases of behavior; child and adolescent development (normal and abnormal); human learning; psychopathology; statistics and research design, and history and systems

2) Theories and methods of intellectual, educational, personality, and other relevant assessment strategies

3) Intervention, such as counseling (individual, crisis, group and family), consultation and behavior management, and evaluation of interventions

4) Advanced research and program evaluation courses

5) Language and/or computer courses

6) Practicum courses

7) Supervision; professional issues and standards; roles and functions of school psychologists; legal, ethical and cultural issues, and history and foundations of school psychology

8) Education of exceptional learners; multicultural education; organization, administration and financing of public schools; curriculum and instructional and remedial techniques

II. At least 900 practicum hours desirable as follows:

a. Four-hundred-fifty hours in direct school psychology services to diverse student populations which address a range of problems using a variety of assessment/diagnostic approaches and methods of intervention/ treatment

b. Three hundred hours of formal supervision (both individual and group) desirable

c. One hundred and fifty additional hours

d. Hours shall be distributed over at least one year of graduate study

III. Acceptable personal interview (telephone interviews are no longer an option)

IV. Recruiting considerations:

a. Professional skills needed by PSS

b. Ethnic ratios

c. Bilingual skills

d. Enhancement of institutions, local and national, from which PSS staff originate

e. Prior school experience and interest in a career in the schools

While applications from all areas of professional psychology will be considered, preference will be given to those from School Psychology training programs. Applicants from other programs, such as Clinical or Counseling, will receive serious consideration only if they have had extensive experience in schools, and/or coursework which prepared them to provide school-based psychoeducational services as described in this handbook.


Training Personnel

The Director of Psychological and Services (PSS) and Chief Psychologist is Dr. Connie S. Wilson, a 1977 graduate of the Child and Educational Psychology Department of Texas Woman’s University. She completed internships in the practice of Dr. Joseph Seifert, M.D., and The Fairhill School, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Wilson is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She is head of the department and the administrative and clinical supervisor of the pre-doctoral program faculty. She is also primary supervisor for one pre-doctoral intern and two post-doctoral interns. Her primary orientation is cognitive behavioral with a very strong emphasis in systems and organizational culture and program design. Her particular interests include large systems program design, the integration of public and private sector service delivery systems, strategic planning and incorporation of the schools into the community-based systems and the integration of the community into the schools. She has served as the Director of the Dallas ISD’s Office of Interagency Collaboration that oversaw the Youth and Family Centers, the After-School Programs, and the Homeless Education Program. The Youth and Family Centers are ten school-based clinics providing physical and mental health services and are a collaboration of the Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County Metrocare Services, and the Dallas ISD. The After-School Programs were located at 180 sites and combined the efforts of 52 community agencies and District staff. The Homeless Education Program works with 25 shelters and the schools serving homeless students and their families. Homeless Education Program operations are once again under the direction of Dr. Wilson, having recently been transferred to the Psychological and Social Services Department. Dr. Wilson also served as the Director of the Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Education Center, a day treatment program for emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families, and coordinated the original design and implementation of that program. She is a frequent instructor at area universities in their graduate programs in Psychology and Special Education. She has consulted with many area school districts and youth-serving agencies. Dr. Wilson is very active in local and statewide community organizations, currently serving on the state board for the Mental Health Association of Texas and on several statewide legislative committees.

The Director of Internship Training, Dr. April Miller, is a field staff Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and also a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Miller is a primary supervisor for one intern, and is also a group supervisor. She is a 2005 graduate of the school psychology program of Oklahoma State University. Dr. Miller finished her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Dallas Independent School District, Psychological and Social Services Department. Her interests include grief and loss, crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and behavioral consultation and intervention development. Dr. Miller co-leads the department’s Algorithm Project, a project focused on developing a decision-making model to guide practitioners through hypothesis formation, data gathering, and evidence-based intervention development. She is a member of NASP and the Dallas Fort Worth Regional Association of School Psychologists (DFWRASP).

Dr. Lillie Nelson-Haynes is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She serves as primary supervisor for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and LSSP interns. Dr. Haynes facilitates the weekly Professional Issues Form for the pre-doctoral and LSSP interns. Dr. Haynes is a 1995 doctoral graduate of the school psychology program at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and has over 25 years of experience as a school psychologist with the Dallas Independent School District. She has had clinical experience with the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority, the Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas County Juvenile Probation, the family courts, and the Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers. Dr. Haynes’ primary interests are anti-bullying, relational aggression, crisis management, anger management, and program design, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Haynes also serves as an adjunct instructor at local universities. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a member of APA, and a nationally certified school psychologist. Dr Haynes served as Secretary of the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) (2006, 2007) and as the National Association of School Psychologists’ IG Coordinator for Crisis Management in the Schools (2007).

Dr. Susan Muñoz is a field staff Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist. She provides clinical supervision for one intern and administrative supervision for the doctoral level staff within the department who do not serve as members of the pre-doctoral program faculty. She also co-facilitates the weekly Professional Issues forum for the interns with Dr. Lillie Haynes. Dr. Muñoz graduated in 1989 from the clinical psychology program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed her internship at Terrell State Hospital, and obtained additional training at Southwest Family Institute. She has served as newsletter reporter, trustee, and chair of the Legislative Committee of the Dallas Psychological Association, and is a former member of the Texas Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Muñoz was in private practice for ten years. She became a clinical supervisor for the Dallas ISD Youth and Family Centers in spring, 2002, and remained in that position until fall, 2007. During that time, she provided clinical supervision for one intern per year. In the fall of 2007, she joined the staff of Psychological and Social Services.

Dr. Dina Hijazi is a field staff Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist. In 1985 she completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame University, and in 1998 she completed her Ph.D. in School Psychology from The University of Texas, at Austin. Along with her role as a psychologist for the Dallas Independent School District, Dr. Hijazi is also a supervisor for the pre-doctoral interns. This year she will lead a course for the department’s supervisors that will address the issues involved in being a competent supervisor. Dr. Hijazi’s interests include anxiety disorders, sadness in children, family conflict, cognitive behavioral therapy, and teacher consultation. Dr. Hijazi is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Dallas Fort Worth regional association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Tia Crossley is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (PLP) and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).  Dr. Crossley is also a therapist at a Dallas ISD Youth and Family Center.  Dr. Crossley completed her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Along with her role as a LSSP and therapist for the Dallas Independent School District, Dr. Crossley also co-facilitates the weekly intern research group with Dr. Jessica Cintron. Dr. Crossley joined the department in 2008-2009 as a pre-doctoral intern. Her primary interests are emotional, behavioral, and family problems in ethnic minorities and disciplinary alternative education populations.


Dr. Jessica Cintrón is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), and she provides therapy at the Dallas ISD Youth and Family Center. Along with her role as a LSSP and therapist, she also co-facilitates the weekly Professional Issues forum for the pre-doctoral interns with Dr. Lillie Haynes. This year, she will co-facilitate the intern research group with Dr. Tia Crossley. Dr. Cintrón completed her master's degree in 2004 and doctoral degree in 2011 in School Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Cintrón joined the department in 2007 – 2008 as a pre-doctoral intern. Her primary interests are psychological issues among ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, ADHD in Latino children, parenting challenges, and utilization of culturally appropriate interventions and measurements. Dr. Cintrón is a member of the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). She is a bilingual (English and Spanish) field staff with a strong desire to promote mental health in the underserved communities.

Other Dallas Independent School District Personnel Contributing to the Program

Ms. Phyllis Green.  A long-time school district employee, Phyllis Green has worked in the Special Education, Psychological/Social Services, and Youth and Family centers Departments of the Dallas Independent School District.  She received her master’s degree in school and experimental psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and two years of post-graduate training in family systems theories and application from Southwest Family Institute, Dallas, Texas.  She is licensed as a psychological associate, specialist in school psychology, professional counselor supervisor, and marriage and family therapist. 

Other Departmental Staff Contributing to the Program

Ms. Connie Rodriguez, MA, LPA, LMFT, LSSP, is a field staff Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and supervisor of masters-level staff. She received her Masters degree from North Texas State University in 1984. Her masters program was in school psychology with a focus on clinical child psychology. Ms. Rodriguez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has experience working with families and children in treatment facilities and out patient clinics. She has managed a school-based mental health clinic for Youth and Family Centers, a Dallas ISD program. Ms. Rodriguez has over 20 years experience working in schools. Her areas of interest are in working with minority populations and use of solution-focused therapy in schools.

Ms. Minerva Moreno, MS, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to provide clinical supervision to PSS Social Workers who are seeking to become licensed clinical social workers. She is also a field supervisor for the social work internship program with The University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Moreno has a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has had clinical experience working with Dallas County Mental Health and Mental Retardation, The Family Place, and Promise House.

Dr. Janina Washington is a field staff Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. In 2005 she completed her Master's in School Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, in Los Angeles. Also in 2005 from the same school, Dr. Washington received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Community Psychology. She is a psychologist for Dallas Independent School District as well as a supervisor for practicum students. Dr. Washington's interests include AD/HD, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, child psychology, and child development.


APPIC Match Information and Policies Links


Information on the APPIC Match Policies and APPIC Match may be obtained from:




  1. The APPIC web site:

  3. The National Matching Services web site:



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