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Mental Health

At Lisha Kill Middle School, we recognize the critical importance of mental well-being in fostering a supportive and thriving school community.

This section is dedicated to providing valuable resources, information, and support for students, parents, and staff alike. Our commitment to mental health extends beyond academics, as we strive to create an environment that nurtures emotional resilience, understanding, and overall wellness.


Mental Health Providers

School Psychologist
Heeyeon Chung

Social Workers
Lisa Bennett
Kristey Palmisano


School Counselors
Stephanie Cook

Shanell Brown 


Our Roles


School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. South Colonie psychologists evaluate eligibility for special education services and 504 accommodations. 

Social Workers

South Colonie social workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.  School social workers are hired by the district to enhance the student’s ability to access the curriculum. They are the link between home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. 

School Counselors 

School counselors are professionally certified individuals who help students navigate their school experience and develop post-high school educational and vocational plans. An integral part of the total education system, South Colonie school counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets and behaviors. With the aid of a school counselor, students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, practice perseverance, develop time management and study skills, and learn self-motivation and self-direction habits. South Colonie school counselors are available to students in grades 5-12.