Nicole Slade, M.S.
Birmingham Public Schools
I am a Northern California native. I joined the Birmingham team in the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to becoming a school psychologist, I worked in special education for 10 years before before obtaining my undergraduate degree. I found my passion for school psychology while working on my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Boston Massachusetts. My undergraduate research focused on exploring the factors that contributed to Individualize Education Plan (IEP) satisfaction of parents raising children with Autism. My research on this topic was published in the Journal of Exceptional Children in 2017 and highlights the importance of working collaboratively with parents, students, and staff to create positive relationships with families and schools and foster a supportive and safe school environment. After completing my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, I received my Master of Science in Psychology with a focus in School Psychology from San Franciso State University (GO GATORS!). My graduate research focused on the impact of implicit and explicit bias on the development of self in children with disabilities.
In my free time, I enjoy staying busy with my partner, two children, and miniature schnauzer. One of our family goals this year is to start new family traditions. I've enjoyed exploring Northern Michigan this summer and getting to know the beautiful city of Birmingham.