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Dr. Ruth Schumacher-Martinez earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program. She completed an APPIC approved internship through ISPIC and a post-doctoral fellowship at Township High School District 113 in Illinois where she conducted comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations, direct therapy service, and led special education and 504 team meetings to support students with disabilities.  She was proud to be a faculty sponsor of the district's Gay/Straight Alliance.  Dr. Schumacher-Martinez also has extensive experience providing individual and milieu play therapy as well as family intervention for children who have experienced complex trauma.

Prior to coming to UMSL, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Webster University. As a nationally certified school psychologist and soon to be licensed psychologist, Dr. Schumacher-Martinez holds a deep passion for advocacy and outreach to promote social justice within our schools.  She is a CAEP program reviewer in School Psychology, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and has been a member of the Human Rights Committee at St. Louis ARC.  

With expertise in qualitative research methodology and participatory action research, Dr. Schumacher-Martinez’s research focuses on improving the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities through family-school partnership, culturally responsive transition planning, and sexual education/consent instruction.  

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