A psychology major while at Iona, Danielle Idone ’14, ’19MA quickly moved through her undergraduate studies, graduating early with honors and immediately began her first Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University.
An actively involved student, she participated in multiple graduate dissertations. While collecting research at a school specializing in autism, she developed a passion for helping students reach their utmost potential, ultimately leading her to enroll in school psychology classes at TC. Not long after, she found herself back at Iona to complete a second Master’s in School Psychology. This past June, she graduated with honors and received the Ted Bernstein Award through the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) – an award honoring outstanding graduate students in school psychology training programs across the state.
“Throughout these years, I assisted Dr. Huk with her research regarding school psychologists intervention recommendations for bullying, and I presented the research at the 2019 EPA conference. Additionally, I worked closely with Dr. Naqvi, and I attended the 2019 ETOP conference to present teaching projective measures,” shared Danielle while reminiscing on the significant impact her Iona professors played on her success.
She adds, “As an undergraduate, I was extremely drawn to the fact that Iona was a small, close-knit college and not too far from home. I am extremely grateful for the doors that Iona opened for me. My course work at Iona will always be something I value, as well as my impressive professors and colleagues. Dr. Zaromatidis, Dr. Naqvi, and Dr. Huk, thank you tenfold for a wonderful education.”
Most insightful to her was the full year internship requirement, which gave her real world experience of all the aspects involved in working in the field. It also did a lot to confirm her passion for the profession. She explains, “My site supervisor undoubtedly developed my knowledge in school psychology. Over the past year, as an intern, I learned more than I could have ever imagined. I truly understand the importance of accomplishing any task mindfully and compassionately—thank you Dr. Segreti!”
She recently accepted her first job as a school psychologist at a public school in Westchester, N.Y., and is already planning to obtain a doctorate in psychology.
Danielle’s advice to prospective students is: “Your passion and perseverance will allow you to achieve anything you set your mind to. Try to always stay in the present moment! As Pema Chödron said, ‘Be kinder to yourself and then let your kindness flood the world.’”