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Kawena Begay, Ph.D., NCSP

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Kawena Begay is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings in New Mexico, Washington, and Hawai’i. Dr. Begay served in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, counselor, school psychologist, trainer, and consultant. Dr. Begay’s varied background includes expertise in learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. Prior to joining the faculty at UWT, Dr. Begay worked at the UW Autism Center conducting research assessments, developing and delivering targeted trainings to schools and community organizations, and providing clinical assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents and parents. Dr. Begay is passionate about bringing psychological services into school settings, with a specific focus on best practices for appropriate identification services that lead to effective interventions for children from historically underserved populations. Dr. Begay holds a BA in Elementary Education (Early Childhood and Special Education) and a PhD in School Psychology.