PYDL Alumni


Dr. Amirah Beeks (Psychologist at Baltimore County Schools)

Amirah Beeks, Psy.D. is a school psychologist in Baltimore County Schools. Dr. Beeks responsibilities included providing a variety of related services to students, staff and parents/guardians of the Baltimore County Public Schools. Her primary services involve consultation, in which she assists students, staff and parents/guardians to solve problems of students learning and behavior.



Dr. Kayla Nichols (Faculty Member Texas A&M Commerce

Kayla D. Nichols, Ph. D, is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas. Dr. Nichols earned her doctorate in Education from Duquesne University. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Psychological Services in Arlington, TX where she conducted mental health assessments for children, adolescents, and adults; and completed her predoctoral internship with Dallas Independent School District with a focus in mental health and crisis intervention. Her research can be broadly categorized as understanding the impact of discrimination and stereotypes, on the identity and mental health development of Black girls.


Dr. Danielle Cimorelli (Psychologist at University of South Florida Department of Pediatrics

Danielle Cimorelli, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Florida and a National Certified School Psychologist. She currently is employed by Bay Area Early Steps Program at the University of South Florida. Her duties include providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are birth to 36 months of age and have significant delays or an established condition that may result in a delay.



Dr. Candice Aston (Faculty Member Towson University

Candice N. Aston has years of experience working with urban populations in school and clinical settings. She completed her doctoral internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center, which provides intensive psychiatric services for children with significant trauma and mental health concerns. The focal point of her research has centered on culturally relevant social-emotional interventions for racially diverse populations. Dr. Aston is interested in Black female identity development and disproportionality.  She has extensive intervention experience and has published several journal articles on school-based interventions.