W-03: Advocacy and Collaboration for African American Students
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dr. Brandon Gamble and Dr. James Hiramoto will discuss current academic, political, and community-based trends in the schooling and mental health experiences of African American students and their families.  He will share current research he has conducted with African American families regarding the perceptions and experiences with school psychology.  Also, on the agenda will be the collaborative efforts of the CASP and the Association of Black Psychologists on how to best connect with parent groups.  Current practice models and opportunities to enhance the practice of school psychologists specifically related to work with African American students parents and in general will also be shared with the audience.  

Dr. Brandon Gamble served middle and high school students as a school psychologist in the Long Beach Unified School District from 1998-2009 before becoming an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach, in the College of Education for the School Psychology program. A former president of CASP for the 2012-2013 term, Dr. Gamble’s written work and research has focused on African American male’s social capital and familial support networks that empower young men to succeed in academics.

Dr. James Hiramoto is an experienced school psychologists who has taught, and consulted with well over a thousand educators, from para-educators to superintendents, including those working on teaching credentials to those finishing their doctorates. Dr. Hiramoto’s spent nearly two decades of experience as a school psychologist, and nearly a decade as a director/professor of a masters and doctoral school psychology program, he provides professional development trainings primarily statewide and conduct assessments on some of California’s most difficult-to-serve students enrolled in special education for the Department of Education.