Deborah P. Crockett (B.A. ’78, M.Ed. ’82, Ed.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’87) is one of three people nationally to be awarded lifetime honorary membership to the National Association of School Psychologists.
A NASP honorary member is someone who, in the opinion of the majority of the association’s Leadership Assembly, has made significant contributions to the field of school psychology. Each of the three 2017 recipients has also made an indelible contribution to NASP’s role in empowering school psychologists to help all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.
“It is important to recognize and honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the mission of NASP,” said NASP President John Kelly. “Only a handful of people rise to this status, and these three honorees epitomize the intent and purpose of the Honorary Membership designation. We are eternally grateful for their contributions.”
As a practitioner, Crockett is known as a child and family advocate for appropriate education of all children; development, promotion, implementation and training of tolerance and diversity issues; parent education and school involvement; assessment; and professional issues. She has received recognition for her contributions to school psychology from professional associations, Georgia State University and Spelman College. Among her many accomplishments, Crockett served as the first African-American president of NASP and of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her contributions to the profession of school psychology, including School Psychologist of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award, both presented to her by the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. For many years, Crockett was the driving force behind the NASP Tolerance-In-Action Campaign, the National Mental Health and Education Center for Children and Families and the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program, which is designed to provide financial assistance to minority candidates who are entering the field of school psychology. She has developed and published information for parent education, advocacy and teacher training on topics of tolerance and diversity as well as other topics that promote positive child development and school performance.
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