Graduate Student Profiles

Christopher Van Houten (School Psychology)

Meet Christopher L. Van Houten, who entered the School Psychology (M.A./C.A.S.) program in 2008, and is now working as a New York state-certified school psychologist in Malone Central School District.

Chris, who completed his master's level coursework in School Psychology in 2011, became interested in his chosen career path after a high school psychology course fascinated and inspired him.  After visiting campus, he decided to attend SUNY Plattsburgh to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Photo of Chris Van HoustenA Perfect Fit

“Between the baseball program, the great reputation of the psychology department, and the laid-back lifestyle of the outdoor life, I was hooked,” he said. By the time he earned his bachelor’s degree, SUNY Plattsburgh’s school psychology program had been granted national accreditation for the Master’s/CAS program.

“The fit could not have seemed more perfect. The faculty, staff, and coursework gave me the knowledge I needed to be successful in the field, and the skills necessary to apply theory in a real world setting.”

After completing three years of the MA/CAS program, he spent a year working for the Adirondack Arc Children’s Corner program, performing pre-school evaluations and counseling students there. “Working with families within their home environment gave me a strong perspective on where these children were coming from and how their educational careers began,” he said.

He was then hired by the Malone Central School District.

Preparation to Work at the District Level

“I am now in my second year working as a school psychologist between all three (Malone) elementary schools. From undergraduate to graduate school at SUNY Plattsburgh, and the amazing experience I had with the Adirondack Arc, I could not have asked for better preparation for working at the district level.”

Van Houten is a chapter representative for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties on the executive board for the New York Association of School Psychologists where he coordinates professional development opportunities for area school psychologists, attends quarterly meetings, disseminates information relevant to the practice of school psychology and advocates for children and his profession.

A resident of Plattsburgh, he enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, and playing baseball and softball in summer leagues.

“I live the cliché life of not really feeling like I am going to ‘work’ because it is not really work at all to me. There is something magical about working at the elementary. Perhaps it is that ‘big kid’ in me smiling back at the younger version of himself, knowing that this is where he was destined to be.”

Contact Information

The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.

Phone: (518) 564-4723
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Summer Hours (May 19 - August 22, 2014): Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions Office—113 Kehoe
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681 USA