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Sandy Gagnon


"The Citadel provided a strong foundation and model for the work I am doing now. I remember my years there quite fondly." – Sandra Gagnon, Ph.D., school psychologist


Sandy Gagnon, The Citadel

Dr. Sandra Gagnon graduated from The Citadel Graduate College in 1996 with an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at Appalachian State University. Dr. Gagnon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Immediately upon completion of her EdS. from The Citadel Graduate College, Dr. Gagnon entered the doctoral program in School Psychology from the University in South Carolina. She completed her doctorate in 2001.

As a graduate student at The Citadel Graduate College, Dr. Gagnon intended to work in the public schools as a practitioner; however, during her time at CGC, Dr. Gagnon wrote, “I realized I really enjoyed the academic environment-the culture of learning, the collegiality between the faculty, and the relationships I developed with my professors. Drs. Finch, Politano, Saylor, and Lipovsky played significant roles in my path toward an academic career.” Currently Dr. Gagnon teaches Psychology Applied to Teaching, Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Psychological Tests and Measurements at the undergraduate level in the Psychology Department. She also teaches Psychoeducational Assessment at the graduate level to School Psychology students.

Dr. Gagnon is actively engaged in a program of research and regularly publishes her work. Her primary research focuses on relationships between preschool child temperament and various social environmental variables. She has received several awards, including the Early Career Scholar in 2003 by the Society for the Study of School Psychology, the Faculty/Staff of the Month Award in 2007 by the National Residence Hall Honorary, and the Academy of Outstanding Graduate Mentors in 2010.