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Darlene smiling


I've worked as a credentialed school psychologist in Washington State and California since 2007. I spent 10 years as a program specialist/school psychologist in a hybrid role for elementary and high school districts. In addition, I served another 4 years as a director of student services and special education in an elementary district and high school district. I enjoyed the role of a district administrator as I am passionate about building and creating a Multi-Tiered System of Support that benefits students within the educational system; however, with a young child with DeafBlind and significant medical needs, was important to create a more balanced schedule. I continue to work primarily as a school psychologist in public education and enjoy working with and serving my school community. The field of school psychology and educational psychology are currently facing a shortage when there is a great need in our communities. I enjoy working with graduate students to help them complete their fieldwork and internship hours to gain practical field experience so that they are ready for their careers when they graduate.

An area I am passionate about is supporting families with low-incidence disabilities who have varying unique needs. A new project I've created is developing a secure, easy-to-access, shareable, online passport and portfolio about my daughter to share with her educational team.  As a child with a large team, there are always new people joining her team and it has become a simple and easy way to share current and relevant information with her entire team at one time and keep it updated for her team to view at any time needed. Contact me at Embraced IDEA for additional information on this project! 

Darlene and her daughter smiling

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do one thing well, you're needed by someone."

Martina Navratilova

License & Credentials

  • CA Licensed Educational Psychologist #4069


  • Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology #11052


  • CA Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology


  • CA Administrative Services Credential


  • ABA Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis, National University, San Jose


  • Speaker Topics: psychoeducational assessments, low incidence populations, universal design for learning, mental health, and family support for complex medical and educational needs

  • Evaluations: screenings, psychoeducational, school neuropsychological, and Independent Educational Evaluations

  • Supervision: School Psychologists and BBS

  • Consultation: adult students, school districts, parents, and private educational technology supports

  • Coaching: school psychologists, professionals interested in special education leadership, and early career special education professionals

Client Focus

  • Age: adults, adolescents, preteens, children, preschool, and toddler

  • Communities: DeafBlind, Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Orthopedic Impaired, Multiple Disabilities, Specific Learning Disability, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Gifted, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+ Allied

Current Availability & Locations Served

  • Contact me for scheduling. My current availability is on weekends, weekday evenings, and summer.

  • Office locations: Virtual and Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

Upcoming Presentations

Past Presentations


  • California Association of School Psychologists, Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Awardee 2020

Professional Affiliations

  • Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists, Executive Board: Co-Treasurer, Past Co-President, Webmaster, Membership

  • California Association of School Psychologists

  • National Association of School Psychologists

Personal Affiliations

Special Projects

  • Accessibility consultant for a K-12 educational technology company

  • Consultation and creation of secured, private online student websites for families to share with their child's educational teams

  • Founder and CEO of Embraced IDEA which offers life coaching to parents of children with special needs in the areas of organization and communication

  • Independent Facilitator Services for California  Regional Center clients for person centered planning and Self Determination Program transition support

Personal Interests and Hobbies

  • Spending time with family and friends

  • Reading and researching topics of interest

  • Playing my fiddle and guitar and singing

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