About

We do what we love and we love what we do. We are psyched to partner with children, parents, and schools and to bring our expertise in educational psychology and behavior analysis to you!

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Marlene Schwaighofer

Owner and Left Brain

Marlene has worked with children and youth with special needs for 10 years. She was born and raised in Austria and speaks German fluently. Marlene has a master’s-level degree in psychology from Austria, where she provided private psychological assessments and bully prevention workshops in schools. Marlene moved to the United States in 2009 and pursued her Specialist Degree in School Psychology after volunteering in the Houston Independent School District’s Psychological Services Department. While completing her practicum training at Texas State University’s Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support, she became psyched about applied behavior analysis and obtained her board certified behavior analyst credential.

Marlene has worked in multiple school settings in Texas and California, including Austin Independent School District, Leander Independent School District, Sequoia Union High School District, Navigator Schools, and Monterey County Office of Education. She has additional experience providing in-home ABA services to families in California.

Marlene is a licensed educational psychologist and is committed to promoting and developing the growth of the school psychology profession. She proudly served as president of the Monterey County Association of School Psychologists (MCASP) during the 2017-2018 school year.

During leisure time, Marlene loves outdoor adventuring with her husband and seeing live music.

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Kristyn Corley

Owner and Right Brain

Kristyn has worked for over a decade as a school psychologist serving children with disabilities in public schools in Texas and California. Her educational background includes a Master of Arts in School Psychology from Texas State University. Early in her career, Kristyn obtained additional training in applied behavior analysis and became a board certified behavior analyst. In addition to working in schools, she has provided in-home behavioral services to children and families for 6 years.

Kristyn is committed to integrating this powerful methodology into her school-based practice and has served public schools as an educational consultant and behavior specialist. Kristyn is a co-founder of Navigator Schools, which opened the doors of its first charter school in 2011. She worked with Navigator to develop their inclusive special education model, which focuses on enabling all children to be full members of the learning community. Kristyn has provided services in multiple districts, including Austin Independent School District, Gilroy Unified School District, Salinas Union High School District, Las Lomitas Elementary School District, San Benito High School District, and Berkeley Unified School District.

Outside of work, Kristyn enjoys soaking up the beauty and adventure of northern California and spending time in her home away from home in southern Baja.

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Kaari Gerber

Operations Manager

Kaari has been with Psyched Services from the beginning and has enjoyed growing with the company.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Business Foundations minor from the University of Texas.

After graduating, Kaari worked as an Actuary for two years before taking time off to travel. In 2017, she joined the Psyched Services team as the Operations Manager. Kaari coordinates psychoeducational and behavioral services with parents and schools and oversees daily business operations.

In her downtime, Kaari enjoys live music (both playing and watching), laughing (both at herself and at professional comedians), and spending time with friends and family (both at home and abroad). She calls San Marcos, Texas home, but travels frequently.

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Debbie Walker

Office Coordinator

Debbie has more than 20 years of experience supporting executives in the Medical Device Industry. After two acquisitions, she decided to try something new! Debbie is responsible for coordinating appointments for our traveling psychologists and acts as a liaison between our school partners and families to find a schedule that works for everyone.
Debbie calls Austin home, but was raised in Oklahoma. She loves being an OU fan deep in the heart of Longhorn country! Outside of work, Debbie enjoys cooking and playing games with her family and friends.
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Gina Hockless

Psychologist

Gina is approaching a decade of work in public education. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Texas State University. Gina started her career as a 4th grade English as a Second Language teacher, then served as a math instructional specialist in Austin, Texas.

As a teacher, Gina instructed a diverse group of children, which sparked her interest in returning to school to study learning differences. After years in the classroom, Gina obtained her graduate degree and became a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Houston, Texas. There, Gina completed psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, provided behavioral consultation and support to teachers, and served on the crisis response team for her school. Moreover, Gina led multiple social skills groups and met with students on an individual basis to address their needs through counseling. Gina has been bringing her expertise to Psyched Services since 2018.

When Gina is not at work, she enjoys playing the piano, baking, reading a good book, and spending time with her dog.

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Kelly Rushford

Psychologist

Kelly has been working with children in educational settings for over 12 years. Her background includes a Master of Arts in School Psychology with a Certificate of Advanced Study. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

Kelly joined the Psyched Services Traveling Psychologist team in the summer of 2019. She is originally from a small town in the Adirondack mountain region of upstate NY, but currently resides in Buffalo, NY.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys attending Buffalo Bills football games, caring for her four children, spending time with her husband, and watching horror movies!

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Rachael Dawson

Psychologist

Rachael is beginning her ninth year working in public education. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M – Central Texas.

After obtaining her graduate degree, Rachael became a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and worked in several school districts in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. She provided psycheducational assessments for diverse populations and supported elementary and secondary campuses. She has provided behavioral support and direct counseling support for students at all levels. Rachael joined the Psyched Services team as a Traveling School Psychologist in September of 2019.
Rachael currently lives in Denton, Texas with her son and fiance. When she isn’t working, Rachael enjoys baking, reading, and planning her next trip.
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Cathleen Geraghty

Psychologist & Behavior Analyst

Cathleen (Cat) has worked in schools for over a decade. Her work has included assessing and providing direct services to students with disabilities. Additionally, she has consulted with schools on best practices in the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). As a complement to her work in schools, she has been involved in the training of graduate students for the past 10 years. Cat has provided and supervised the provision of school-based behavioral and mental health services and has experience working with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and emotional disturbances. Her work also includes examining how behavioral and cognitive problem-solving skills can be generalized to the classroom setting.

Cat’s educational background includes a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Cat joined the travel psychologist team in September 2019. She lives in Temecula, CA with her two children and husband. She enjoys playing with her children, reading, and going on vacation.

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Elda Aghazarian

Psychologist

Elda is a licensed educational psychologist and credentialed school psychologist who has served in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 29 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Science in Counseling from California State University, Haward. Elda joined the Psyched Services team in the fall of 2017.

In her near 30 years working as a school psychologist, Elda has fulfilled many roles and responsibilities, including conducting comprehensive psychoeducational and mental health evaluations, consulting with teachers, families, and outside agency professionals, and providing trainings to families and school staff. She enjoys assessing children as a vehicle to better understanding their abilities and needs, and loves counseling as a means of empowering children to reach their full potential.

Outside of work, Elda enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Ezra Allen

Behavior Analyst

Ezra has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs for over 20 years. During this time, he has provided behavioral services in the home, school, and community settings.

Ezra has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis Education from California State University, Stanislaus. He is a board certified behavior analyst and helps complete functional behavior assessments and research projects for Psyched Services.

Outside of work, Ezra enjoys reading (both fiction and non-fiction…but mostly fiction) and watching SF Giants baseball. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children, who keep him busy with ballet performances, Tae-Kwon-Do lessons, and softball games. As if that isn’t enough, Ezra recently completed his first season as Coach Ezra for his 4-year-old twin boys’ t-ball team.

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Lindsay Caughey

Psychologist

Lindsay has been working in schools since she obtained her Master of Arts in School Psychology from Texas State University in 2007. She is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Austin, Texas, as well as a proud member of the Psyched Services remote school psychologist team. Lindsay often performs the roles of Support Psychologist, Editor, and Quality Assurance Rater. In addition, she occasionally flies to California to peform the role of Lead Psychologist. Lindsay is passionate about promoting collaboration between parents and schools to serve the needs of the whole child.

Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. Her young children keep her busy and they spend a ton of time outside exploring nature. Lindsay is originally from Alberta, Canada but spent her high school years in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is grateful for the opportunity to return to Canada in the summers and escape the Texas heat!

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Kayla Jones

Psychologist

Kayla has worked with children of all ages in her professional life over the past decade. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern University in St. Davids before obtaining her Specialist degree in School Psychology from Texas State University. Kayla currently lives in New England, where she grew up, but misses her years spent in Austin, Texas. Kayla has had the opportunity to work as a school psychologist in schools across Texas, New Hampshire, and California. She has worn many hats, including provision of crisis support and response, special education program consultation & support, counseling, Functional Behavioral Assessments, identification and intervention with general education students who are at risk, IEP meeting facilitation, and psycho-educational assessments.

Kayla joined the Psyched Services family in January 2019 as a Psychologist and Coordinator in both a remote and on-site position. When she is not working, Kayla is busy chasing her two active toddlers and exploring the greater Boston area with her husband and kids. She also enjoys reading, writing, baking, dreaming of Texas food, and quoting Parks and Recreation.

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Maureen Hicks Damm

Psychologist

Maureen is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, or what most states refer to as a school psychologist, who lives in Austin, Texas and has been practicing in the public school system for over 12 years. She also holds the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential from the National Association of School Psychologists. Maureen has been working for Psyched Services since November 2017.

Maureen received her Specialist level Master’s degree in School Psychology from Texas State University and has extensive experience at the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels. In addition to her school psychology experience, Maureen also moved to Austin from New Orleans, LA to earn her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and was a social worker with children and families dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses, including cancer and HIV. She has a combined 23 years of experience in supporting, educating, and advocating for the mental health needs of children and their families through her work as a social worker and a school psychologist.

Maureen tries to practice good self-care by having a variety of interests outside of work. She likes to sew, crochet, bake, read, participate in charity bike rides, hang out with friends, and navigate life with her extremely supportive husband, Jim, and their dog, Luna.

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Marysa Enis

Psychologist

Social Media & Content Development

Marysa started working with children with disabilities in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism in 2001, but her first post-college job was working with teenagers in a residential treatment center for girls with emotional and behavioral disorders. Through the exceptional mentoring and training of the therapists there, she developed a passion for making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

Marysa obtained her special education teaching credential in 2004, Master’s degree in Special Education in 2008, and Specialist’s degree in School Psychology from Texas State University in 2013. She served as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas for 6 years before joining the Psyched Services team in 2018. Marysa’s background includes facilitating IEP meetings, providing counseling as a related service, performing play-based assessments of children ages 3 to 5, and completing initial and triennial evaluations for students in middle and high school.

Marysa resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and 2 boys (ages 10 & 14). She loves long road trips, camping in national parks, swimming in Texas rivers, and taking her dogs to the dog park.

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Amy Shatila

Psychologist

Social Media & Content Development

Amy has served children in public schools since 2008. She began her educational career as a middle school Special Education teacher and reading intervention specialist. The more time she spent working with neuro-diverse children, the more her passion grew to serve these children and their families. Amy eventually returned to graduate school at Texas State University after five years in the classroom, where she earned a Specialist Degree in School Psychology. Since graduating, she has served as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in the central Texas area, where she has served students of all ages. Amy has experience in counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, psycho-educational evaluations, functional behavior assessments, and restorative practices. Recently, she served as the team lead for a group of LSSPs who expanded the scope of psych services in Austin ISD.

Amy joined the Psyched Services team in the fall of 2019 as an editor, content writer, and social media manager. She calls Central Texas home. Amy loves her career as a school psychologist, and she often spends her spare time reading and discussing books and articles with colleagues and friends. She also enjoys running, completing crossword puzzles, and exploring the great outdoors with her family and dogs.

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Jenna Ouye

Psychologist & Psychologist Intern Supervisor

Jenna is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California and a nationally certified school psychologist.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA and her PhD in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from UC Santa Barbara.  Jenna has worked as a psychologist for the past decade within the school district, children’s hospital, community mental health center, and private practice settings throughout California.  She currently works part-time in the school district in the East Bay area.  Her clinical and research specialties include early childhood mental health, family-centered therapy and assessment, improving IEP meeting effectiveness, reflective practice and supervision, social constructivism, early childhood trauma, and autism and developmental disabilities.

Jenna is excited to join Psyched Services as a psychologist supervisor.  Outside of work, Jenna spends as much time as possible with her husband, two kids, and dog, which includes library story times, family walks, cooking, art projects, and singing lots of Frozen songs!
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Amanda Suarez

Psychologist Intern

As is a sister to five and mother of four, Amanda has been happily surrounded by children her entire life! She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. After taking a break from her graduate studies in Educational Psychology to focus on raising four children, Amanda is now a budding school psychologist working on her master’s degree at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is passionate about exploring ways to remove barriers to growth and development for all students so that their native and unique intelligence may blossom and grow.

In her spare time, Amanda loves to delve into wisdom from many sources and participates in meditation and contemplation  practices from a variety of traditions. Her hobbies tend toward the nerdy; she loves Shakespeare, Scrabble, and eating out with the people she loves.