Emily Mouton can multi-task. She is beginning her fifth year as a school psychologist and her first semester as a doctoral student.
Moulton graduated from BYU in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then in 2010 with a master’s degree in school psychology from the McKay School of Education.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what the difference between a school psychologist and a school counselor was,” she recalled of the time she began her master’s degree. “I wanted to be a part of the education system, but not necessarily a teacher. I wanted to work one-on-one with students and in small groups. What I learned as an undergraduate is still being applied as I work.”
After graduating with her master’s degree, Moulton moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and lived there for two years. Then she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to work as a school psychologist in the Poudere District. Her average day consists of checking on the ongoing evaluations of the students she is working with, observing and taking notes on students teachers have suggested to her, writing reports, consulting with teachers, providing support for students, checking up with other teachers, creating plans for students, and contacting parents.
The differences between a school counselor and a school psychologist are small but distinct. School counselors help students with individual needs and occasionally teach a class about topics that concern many students. However, a school psychologist works more on an individual level, especially with students who have special needs.
Moulton will continue working at the school part time while obtaining her doctorate degree. She’ll be researching the general principles of psychology and applying them to education, specifically identifying the needs of students with challenges and using the approaches that best handle these challenges.
“Becoming a school psychologist is a great option for people who want to be in education,” she says. “Being a school psychologist is a different option for working with students individually and consulting with teachers.”
Emily Moulton grew up in New Hampshire as one of six children. She loves to read, play sports, and coach basketball and softball during her leisure time.