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Tonika Duren Green, Ph.D.

Dr. Tonika Duren Green is the Director of the School Psychology Program at San Diego State University in Department of Counseling and School Psychology. She teaches course in Counseling and Social Change, Counseling Intervention, Cognitive Assessment, School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Practicum and Internship in Schools. She is committed to preparing school psychologists who are multicultural thinkers and actors, who understand how racial, ethnic and sociocultural factors influence student performance. At the center of her research is exploring and responding to issues of children and communities from ethnolinguistically diverse backgrounds. In particular, her research focuses on culturally-affirming school practices that lead to improved outcomes for diverse learners with specific attention to African American students and foster youth. Dr. Green has several peer-reviewed publications, grants, and a book chapter in the area of multicultural competency and increasing achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse children. In her community efforts, Dr. Green contributed to Leave No African American Child Behind and College Bound San Diego task forces and brainstormed solutions to closing the achievement gap and improving student outcomes along side representatives of the Concerned Parents Alliance, Urban League, San Diego United Front, NAACP, and Association of African American Educators (AAAE). She is the Director and Founder of the African American Mentoring Program, which is devoted to recruiting, retaining, and reaching students of African descent. Dr. Green recently received a 5-year $1.25 million federally-funded grant to train school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers to improve outcomes for children in foster care from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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