PhD:University of Washington, 2005, Educational Psychology
MEd:University of Washington, 2000, School Psychology
AB: Occidental College, 1990, Psychology
Ronnie has worked now in some form of education as teacher, coach, psychologist and faculty member at all levels of school and educational settings from elementary school to university.
Ronnie is a licensed psychologist and has worked at the University of Washington for the past 8 years as a core faculty member in the School Psychology department of the College of Education. In this position he has taught many classes but currently focuses on graduate level course work in Educational Psychology including social emotional assessment and the implications of applied social psychology in educational contexts. He is also the Doctoral and Master’s Internship supervisor. In addition, he spent the last ten years working at the non-profit educational organization Rainier Scholars as their lead psychologist. In this role he headed their mental health team providing psycho-educational assessments, counseling, crisis services, consultation, and parent support to the families of more than 450 students.
Ronnie is also a state certified school psychologist having worked in both Seattle public schools and the Edmonds school district in all levels of educational placements. He also spent nine years as the head high school football coach at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. Ronnie holds masters and doctorate degrees in school and educational psychology from the University of Washington. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Occidental College where he also played college football and was an All-American athlete in Track and Field.
Ronnie’s research work included dissertation work on the effects of exposure to violence on adolescent mental health and most recently he worked on a 3-year longitudinal grant that examined the educational impacts, social-emotional development, and morale reasoning of middle school students in the Rainier Scholars program versus students in the Seattle Public schools.