Christopher “Chris” Jones, California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) licensed educational psychologist (LEP) committee chair, was appointed in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). The board is responsible for licensing, examining and enforcing professional standards for California’s therapists, psychologists, counselors and social workers.
Jones is filling the LEP position left vacant by Betty Connelly, former CASP president 2007-08, who is termed out after eight years of service.
“I’m really excited to continue to advocate for licensed educational psychologists as well as the profession of school psychology in general,” Jones said about the appointment.
Jones, 48, of Santa Clarita, is the president and CEO of Dynamic Interventions Inc., the first incorporation of LEPs in California. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Tufts University, Jones worked as a school psychologist for nine years before going into private practice in 2006.
“I want to help people understand what we do, the value of our service, the extensiveness of our training, what positive things we can provide to students and families, and what our expertise in the areas of mental health are,” he said about his goals for serving on the board.
“Chris is an incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable LEP,” said Dr. Jeannine Topalian, CASP president and also an LEP. “He will be a great asset to the board and help further its mission of protecting California’s students by ensuring safe and competent mental health practice.”