Graduate Studies

School Psychology


Robert J. Dixon, PhD, NCSP

Dr. Dixon joined the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2001 and became the program director in 2003. He practiced as a school psychologist for 3 years in the Turtle Mountain/Antler River School Districts (Manitoba, Canada), 5 years in Casper, WY, and 2 years in La Crescent, MN. He maintains his school psychology license in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin. He started in academia in 1999 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the School Psychology Program. He also has been a member of school improvement efforts in La Crosse, WI and Onalaska, WI as a mentor through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction REACh (Responsive Education for all Children) program. He has been an active member in the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association (WSPA). He served as the President of WSPA from 2006-2007 and has been the WSPA Chair of Professional Development since 2003.

Dr. Dixon has presented and conducted research on school improvement, response to intervention (RtI), professional practice issues, and academic skills and enablers that impact school success. Graduate thesis topics have included relational aggression, goal orientation, and stress and coping.

Contact Information: (608) 785-6893;

Betty DeBoer, PhD

Dr. DeBoer earned her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and a clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Dr. DeBoer specializes in Behavior Assessment and Management and supervises practicum and internship work at all graduate levels.  Most recently, Dr. DeBoer has presented at national conferences on Attachment Disorders, Self-concept in Children with Cerebral Palsy, and Graduate Training Issues.  Dr. DeBoer has been on the Wisconsin School Psychology Association Board for ten years and is currently serving as Secretary.

Contact Information:  (608) 785-6891;


Joci Newton, PhD, NCSP

Dr. Newton earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Ball State University in 2006.  She worked at Cobb County Schools (Atlanta, GA) for two years before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.  Dr. Newton is interested in assessment of cognition and personality, gifted and talented students, and the impact of family/parenting characteristics on children.  She currently serves on the Wisconsin School Psychology Association Board as a regional representative for the Coulee region.

Contact Information: (608) 785-6889;       


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