About Connecticut AccessABLE's Founder
Danielle A. Rathey, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University and at Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches graduate courses in program development and evaluation as well as assessment.
Prior to earning her doctorate, Danielle worked as a School Psychologist here in Connecticut. She worked primarily with youth referred out of their home districts due to intensive behavioral and mental health needs. Central foci of her work for the past eleven years have been trauma and its effects as well as creating integrated social emotional learning programs aligning with school and district strategic plans.
When working as a School Psychologist, she immediately began to see inequities inspiring her to return to graduate school to pursue a degree which could afford her the opportunity to position herself as a leader toward closing opportunity and achievement gaps in addition to addressing the whole student!
She has a long history of a commitment to social justice and empowerment of underrepresented populations. She has committed herself to working in urban, high poverty environments toward sustainable practices that yield competitive outcomes. She has a strong focus on advocating for systemic equity in education in terms of access to resources to provide opportunity for all students. This focus requires and encourages a high level of collaboration, creativity, persistence and belief that students can succeed.
She has led evaluation planning and program evaluation in order to inform innovation and intervention development and implementation. Working collaborations related to program evaluation and support yields long term relationships that promote success.