Faculty Profiles

Lea A. Theodore

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

American Association of University Professors, Adelphi Chapter

Hy Weinberg Center 324

General Information



Ph.D., The University of Connecticut (2002)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), The University of Connecticut (2001)

M.A. School Psychology, The University of Connecticut (2000)

M.A. General/Experimental Psychology, St. John's University (1999)

B.A., Binghamton University (formerly referred to as the State University of New York at Binghamton) (Binghamton, NY) (1997)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

New York State Licensed Psychologist (License #: 016717)

Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist (License #: 0810004697)

National Provider Identifier (NPI): 1306920806

Certified Clinical Tele-Mental Health Provider

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

A Licensed Psychologist in New York and Virginia, Dr. Lea A. Theodore served as Program Director for the Graduate Program in School Psychology at The College of William and Mary and is currently Professor in the School Psychology Program at Adelphi University. Throughout her two-decade career, she has provided psychoeducational services in private practice (providing individual, family and group therapy; psychological and psycho-educational assessment; school-based consultation; child advocacy; and treatment of childhood disorders), and consulted with public and private schools, hospitals, and behavioral health centers. Additionally, Dr. Theodore was hired as a consultant by the Supreme Court for the state of Virginia and General District Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide diagnostic evaluations for individuals brought to Emergency Departments, presenting her findings and recommendations to a judge in a court of law. Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in in 2002, Dr. Theodore edited the comprehensive Handbook of Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents (Springer), published or has in-press over 100-refereed articles and chapters, and conducted numerous invited and peer-reviewed presentations at state, national and international conferences. She was Associate Editor for School Psychology Quarterly, a top-tier, high-impact flagship journal in the field, and currently sits on the editorial boards of several national and international journals. Dr. Theodore received the Early Career Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut in 2009, in part due to her ranking as one of the top 20 most productive authors in school psychology. She earned a similar ranking in a second study published in 2016. Her career focus has been on promoting science, practice, and policy surrounding the development of effective and efficient intervention strategies to improve student academic and behavioral functioning. 

Dr. Theodore has been active in Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) through nationally elected positions, most recently as Council Representative (2020-2022), Past-President of School Psychology for the APA (2015-2018), sitting on the Division’s Executive Committee, Vice-President of Division 16 Membership (2006-2008), and Vice President of Professional Affairs (2009-2011). She was also appointed to serve on the Committee of Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR; 2020-2022; Vice-Chair, 2021). Dr. Theodore extended her early meaningful APA service contributions having Co-chaired and Chaired the APA Annual Conference Hospitality Suite, Co-chaired and Chaired the Division’s Annual Convention program, and as a member of the Conversation/Videotape Series Committee. Her other meaningful APA contributions include serving as the APA Representative to the Public Interest Directorate Network and co-writing the 2012 School Psychology Petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology (CRSPP). As an advocate for mental health services and on behalf of the APA, she lobbied legislators for the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act, the Mental Health Reform Act (S. 1945), and Helping Families in Crisis Act (H.R. 2646). Dr. Theodore's service was recognized by the American Psychological Association, receiving the presitgious Jean A. Baker Mid-Career Service Award  by the APA in 2019, and was bestowed Fellow status in the American Psychological Association.

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