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Margaret Lagarde, M.S.

Margaret Lagarde is entering her second year, as a doctoral student, at Fielding Graduate University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Margaret was appointed Student Governance Representative for her Manhattan Professional Development Seminars cohort. She holds a M.S. in School Psychology, with a Bilingual French Extension, from St. John’s University, in Jamaica, NY. Margaret fulfilled a practicum at The Center for Psychological Services at St. John’s University. She conducted comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. As a result, under supervision, Margaret developed case formulations and constructed treatment recommendations. She has experience working with clients with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Specific Learning Disability, Social Phobia, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder-Inattentive Type, and Avoidant Personality Disorder.

Margaret possesses 6+ years of clinical experience as a permanently certified school psychologist at the city, agency, and local levels. Recently, she worked at the New York City Department of Education and Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES). Margaret has served on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Council for three years. She is sensitive to working with culturally, linguistically, and diverse populations. At ESBOCES, Margaret was appointed to serve on a restorative justice initiative. Further, she was afforded an opportunity to partner with Sagamore services (Office of Mental Health). Margaret worked at Stony Brook University Hospital’s 12 North inpatient unit as a substitute school psychologist and worked alongside a multi-disciplinarian group of attendings, social workers, psychologists, and educators. 

This year, Margaret worked as an independent contractor at Baldwin Schools, and fulfilled a part-time leave replacement as a school psychologist at the Middle Country Central School District. In her school psychology tenure, Margaret has conducted hundreds of psycho-educational evaluations, dozens of Functional Behavior Assessments, and has provided individual and group counseling, for students in grades K to 12. Moreover, Margaret has worked several years in research settings at Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University, and Adelphi University. Margaret currently is involved in two research labs at Fielding Graduate University studying sleep, dreaming, binge-eating disorders, and schitzotypy personality disorders. Margaret is passionate about suicide prevention. She served as a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and supported the recent legislation to fund the 9-8-8 Lifeline. Other psychological domains that interest her include: DBT, ethics, advocacy, sleep, secondary trauma, anxiety cross-cultures, and social justice. Margaret will be joining The Child & Family Institute this July 2023, and looks forward to collaborating with the team, to support individuals, children, and families in the NYC Metropolitan area. 

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