Special Education

Katie Kolbe-Holden M. Ed, Psy. D.

Part-time Lecturer
Katie Kolbe-Holden

Office Location

220 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus

Phone

207-780-5456

Academic Degrees

  • Psy.D. School Psychology, University of Southern Maine, 2017
  • M.Ed. Counselor, Education California University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • B.S. Human Development, Penn State University, 2005

Profile

I completed my doctoral degree in school psychology with USM in August 2017 and I am excited to be back to teach courses! Currently, I am working as a full time school psychologist in Pennsylvania. I moved from Maine in 2018 for my three year old son to be closer to friends and family. Previously, I worked in Maine and New Hampshire as a school psychologist and prior to becoming a school psychologist, I was a school counselor in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and New Hampshire. Due to my wide array of experiences in different states and job roles, I have had diverse experiences with PBIS and MTSS and how it is run differently yet the same in areas of the United States.

Areas of Expertise

Counseling and school psychology

Research Interests

  • Effects of technology on childhood social skills
  • Family dynamics and effects on academic achievement
  • Suicide prevention and postvention
  • Challenges youth face in rural areas related to gender identity and sexual orientation
  • The need for school mental health providers including mental health based clinics in schools Prevention of substance abuse in adolescents
  • Child and adolescent stress cognitive/physical responses and stress reduction strategies

Professional Activity

  • Human Development and Family Studies APG Board Member- Mentor Chair 2019-Present The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development
  • Future Faculty Interest Group Co-Chair 2019-Present National Association of School Psychologists
  • Mentor 2014-Present The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development
  • Career Panel 2018 The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development
  • Student Leader 2015-2017 National Association of School Psychologists