School Psychologist Highland Central School District
Mike Paff, D.Ed. is a school psychologist at Highland Central School District. He works with colleagues in the guidance and pupil services departments to provide mental health services and evaluations to students as well as consultation with staff and administration. He is also chair of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the 504 Committee, and co-coach of the PBIS committee, as well as a member of the district safety committee.
Prior to working at Highland Central School District, Mike was an assistant professor of psychology at Iona College, a school psychologist for a public school district in northwestern Pennsylvania, and an adjunct instructor in special education, counseling, and school psychology at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Currently, in addition to his work at Highland, he is an adjunct professor in the school psychology program at Marist College, and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP), for which he serves on the executive board as secretary.
LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk for mental health challenges and suicide. The focus of this discussion will be what families and schools can do to support LGBTQ+ youth mental health. Dr. Michael Paff testified before the Board of Regents on this topic earlier this year. Victor Rose contributed to new guidance issued from NYSED on “Creating a Safe, Supportive, and Affirming School Environment for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth” in June of this year. Lilly Fiscus (she/their) is president of the Spectrum Club at Caledonia-Mumford High School. Learn about best practices and legal rights in an interactive session that includes a youth discussant.