Sheri Stegall


Department Head, Research & Development

Director, Professional Training Products



What is your role and function at WPS?


As as a Senior Project Director, I am responsible for all aspects of research and development for new products and revisions. I follow projects through the stages of their life cycle, from early development through final production. I work with authors; oversee data collection and analysis; and collaborate cross departmentally to ensure the best final product. I also review new products for publication. 


As the Director of Professional Development &Training, I oversee our professional development and training programs, including our continuing education sponsorship, live workshops, video-based training, and home-study programs. I regularly work toward improving and expanding our course offerings.



How long have you been at WPS?


Since 2006. During my years here, I have watched us grow from a small family company into a vibrant, forward-thinking company that has remained true to its family values.



Where are you from? Where did you grow up?


I grew up in Santa Monica, California. From there, I moved to New York to attend college at Cornell University, then moved to Maine for graduate school, and then to North Carolina to complete my clinical internship. I eventually moved back to California to complete a postdoctoral fellowship, and stayed in California to work at WPS and start my own family, close to where I grew up.


Three personal things about you people probably wouldn't know:

 

  1. I have a small dog named Rusty that I adopted from an animal shelter many years ago. Although he is only 10 pounds, he is brave as can be and has tried to attack a horse to protect his family. He has also survived a rattlesnake bite.

  2. I appeared on the TV show Romper Room (oh, to be seen again through that Magic Mirror!).

  3. I met my husband while volunteering at the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY


What's a big obstacle you've had to overcome in your life or career?

Learning how to cook a week’s worth of healthy meals that both my daughter and my husband will eat. If anyone out there has mastered this, please email me your secret!


What is your personal connection to the WPS mission?

As a developmental and clinical psychologist, I’ve always been passionate about the importance of assessment as the fundamental core that leads to improved understanding of oneself and others, and appropriate treatment. I’ve also been passionate about the value of quality training in assessment. Working at WPS as a project director and as the director of our professional development and training has allowed me to pursue both of these passions toward the goal of improving the lives of children and families.


What is your educational background?

I grew up in Santa Monica, attending local public schools (Roosevelt Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Santa Monica High School). Then I moved to New York for college, to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I majored in psychology and graduated magna cum laude, with research honors for my thesis that investigated depression and suicidal amongst international graduate students attending the university. 

Next I moved to Maine for graduate school at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. There I attended a unique program that combined both developmental and clinical psychology. I enjoyed pursuing a Ph.D. that offered a solid grounding in both of these areas of psychology, even though it meant I had to complete two sets of comprehensive exams. At least there was only one dissertation! 

To finish off my time in graduate school, I moved to North Carolina to complete my clinical internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There I served as as the Clinical Child/Pediatric Intern. During my internship year, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a rotation as part of an autism assessment team at the Chapel Hill TEACCH center. 

Finally, I completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, CA. Casa Pacifica offers a residential treatment center, day school treatment program, and crisis care shelter, for abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges.


What is something you are currently studying or learning?

I am currently learning how to view life through the eyes of a 4-year-old. It is amazing how much joy and wonderment there is in simple things, which is so often overlooked as we grow older. I am so grateful to have a daughter to remind me that I should wish for a rainbow every night when I go to sleep.

What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?

I enjoy the great team of coworkers that I get to work with every day, and most of all enjoy knowing that the work I am doing contributes to the improvement of the lives of those in need.


What did you used to do before WPS?

Mostly I was in school learning to be a psychologist, and then working as a postdoctoral fellow. I have also worked as a licensed psychologist conducting assessments in a private practice.


Where can we contact you?

You can email me here

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