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Michael Kern, Ph.D.

 Michael Kern
Director of Student Support Services
Washington and Lee
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Teachers College, Columbia University
Master of Education, School Psychology
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Doctorate of Philosophy, School Psychology

About Michael

Dr. Kern started his career as a certified teacher in New Orleans where he taught 4th and 5th-grade science and technical theater in New Orleans at his alma mater, Isidore Newman School. Dr. Kern left teaching and received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. His expertise is in working with students, families, and teachers to evaluate and provide school-based support for students with a variety of learning and socioemotional needs. His graduate research focused on memory, note-taking, and study skills with a particular interest in translating research on learning and emotional development into meaningful strategies that help students become independent learners. Dr. Kern is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan and is a nationally and state certified school psychologist. He completed his APA accredited internship and a year of post-doctoral training in Chicago at Deerfield High School.

I believe that education requires teaching the whole student. I work with students, their families, and our wonderful faculty to help us all develop an understanding of individual students, their strengths, and their challenges. The end goal is always to help the student understand themselves and take ownership of their own learning.

  • Elementary Education Certification, Mary Baldwin College
  • Michigan Certified School Psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Michigan Licensed Psychologist

B.A., Psychology - Washington and Lee University

Ed.M., School Psychology - Teachers College, Columbia University

Ph.D., School Psychology - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University