Amber M. Sessoms, Ed.D. is the school psychologist for nearly 1,700 students at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to this role, she also leads the Central Dauphin School District (CDSD) Equity and Inclusion Committee and is the co-chair of the Psychology Department. During her tenure at CDSD, Amber has been able to provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students; partner with families, teachers, and other support staff to create safe and supportive learning environments; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students. In addition to the traditional role of a school psychologist, Amber works with school administrators to create and implement district-wide policies, procedures, and trainings that help promote an appreciation and support for student diversity and mental health needs.
Additionally, Amber believes that school psychologists are change agents who work collaboratively with the school team to unlock a child’s potential to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Throughout her 16+ years of working in the fields of education and mental health, Amber has always been driven by her passion for giving voice to our underrepresented and marginalized youth, while also instilling in them a desire for lifelong learning and critical self-reflection.
Amber earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in African-American Studies, from Millersville University. She continued her studies at Millersville University and earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology and a certification in School Psychology. Amber is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She was also a recipient of the Community Responders Network’s 2017 Community Courage in Action award and the Panther-Ram Foundation’s 2017 Educator of the Year award for her creation of Central Dauphin High School’s “Destroy the Hate” campaign, which focuses on student-led dialogue and culturally-competent education to make visible the ways in which microaggressions reinforce difference. Moreover, Amber has earned the distinction of Doctor of Education, as she successfully defended her dissertation in 2017 on the utility of digital spaces as informal educational tools for Black female identity development, critical consciousness-raising, and social action. Currently, Amber resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, Devon, and their three daughters, Jojo, Maya, and Emma.