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Trainers of School Psychologists Group Honors Gonzaga Education Dean Vincent C. Alfonso


SPOKANE, Wash. – The national Trainers of School Psychologists organization has honored Gonzaga School of Education Dean Vincent C. Alfonso with its Outstanding Contributions to Training award. Dean Alfonso received the award earlier this month during the National Association of School Psychologists convention in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Trainers of School Psychologists accepts nominations for the award and presents it to one school psychology trainer who has demonstrated exceptional career contributions to training.

In letters of recommendation for the award, peers described Dean Alfonso as an outstanding leader, incredible mentor, and a knowledgeable, thoughtful and visionary educator. One former student singled out Dean Alfonso for his extraordinary commitment to students.

“While Vinny continues to be active in many professional organizations, I think that his unwavering commitment to training students was what always impressed me the most during my years at Fordham. As an instructor, Vinny maintained exceptionally high standards and constantly pushed our thinking while encouraging us to develop our own expertise so that we could become trainers ourselves,” noted Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D., associate professor and director of graduate programs in school psychology at St. John’s University. “A current doctoral candidate echoed this in her comments: ‘He has taught me the value of our profession and instilled in me qualities that have benefitted all who I work with.’ ”

Alfonso was named Dean of the Gonzaga School of Education last year after serving as a professor and top administrator in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University in New York City for 19 years.

He joined the Fordham faculty in 1994 and became extensively involved in academic leadership and administration in the Graduate School of Education and in the wider university. Within Fordham School of Education, he served as director for the school psychology program, executive director of two assessment centers, for six years as associate dean, and one year as acting dean.

Dean Alfonso is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, more than 20 book chapters, and six scholarly books. In addition to his leadership with the National Association of School Psychologists, he is a leader and frequent presenter for the American Psychological Association.

For more information, please contact Dean Alfonso at (509) 313-3594.

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