Jim Deni has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 School Psychology trainer of the year for his Outstanding Service and Contribution to the field of School Psychology. The award was presented February 14, 2022 in Boston by the Trainers of School Psychologists, a national association for graduate educators in School Psychology.
Dr. Deni is finishing his 50th year at Appalachian State University as a Professor of Psychology and School Psychology Trainer. His 50 years thus far have included fifteen years as program director, establishing the Specialist in School Psychology degree and mentoring hundreds of students who are now practicing in North Carolina public schools and across the country. He is currently the President-Elect of the North Carolina School Psychology Association (NCSPA) for the 5th time in his career. He is a recipient of the NCSPA Jack Bardon Lifetime Achievement Award in School Psychology. In 2018, the award was renamed the NCSPA Jim Deni Lifetime Achievement Award in School Psychology. He is a Past President of the Trainers’ of School Psychologists (TSP) and a former Treasurer. Throughout his career, he has been a visionary leader to help shape the field of school psychology while advocating for all children. He is a passionate researcher and a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. Dr. Deni has collaborated with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on many initiatives in North Carolina schools including Response to Intervention (RtI), Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), and the 2020 Specific Learning Disability Policy. He developed and co-chairs the NC Professional Standards for School Psychology sub-committee of NCSPA.