Dr. Kari Oyen


University of South Dakota

Dr. Oyen, PHD, LP, NCSP, is the Program Director and an Associate Professor of School Psychology for the University of South Dakota. She is also a Licensed Psychologist in the State of South Dakota. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oyen was a practicing rural school psychologist for ten years.

Dr. Oyen is a state coordinator for Multi-tiered Systems of Support/Positive Behavior Interventions and Support project in the State of South Dakota and sat on the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee as a Governor appointee. Dr. Oyen’s research focuses on risk and protective factors that lead to student outcomes as well as the role of advocacy in public service settings. Her peer-reviewed research has been published in Contemporary School Psychology, School Psychology Review, Psychological Services, and The Rural Educator.

In addition, she is a Past-President and Past-Chair of Government Professional Relations for the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists and is currently the Government Professional Relations Committee Chair for the National Association of School Psychologists.