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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Shari Tarver Behring

Shari  Tarver Behring
Department Chair
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Office:ED 2238
Phone:818 677 4699



Ph.D., Educational Psychology, School Psychology specialty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986; M.S., Clinical Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,1981; B.S., Psychology,University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., 1976.

Licensure and Credentials

Nationally Certified Counselor, 2000; Licensed Psychologist, State of California, 1988; Credentialed School Counselor, State of California, 1986; Credentialed School Psychologist, State of California, 1986.

Teaching Interests

Beginning practicum and fieldwork courses; multi-cultural consultation for school counseling and school psychology students.

Research Interests

Multi-cultural consultation with diverse children and families; the school counselor's role in full inclusion, school interventions for at-risk youth, social advocacy and educational equity in school counseling, and women's gender identity issues.


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California Higher Education Sustainability Conference


Health and wellness are key to sustainability and resilience – in ourselves, culture and nature. This presentation addressed work-life imbalance in sustainability activities, a model program for faculty and staff  self-care, and a creative engagement worldview supported by self-care skills and new forms of activism. Tools for personal wellness and community assessment were provided.

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Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (2010). Counseling with exceptional children. A. Vernon, (4rd Ed.)  in   Counseling Children and Adolescents, Denver, Co.:  Love Pub.
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Tarver Behring, S. & Ingraham, C. L. (1998). Culture as a central component to consultation:  A call to the field.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation,9,57-72.
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Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (1998). The school counselor and full inclusion for children with special needs.  The School Counselor, 1, 51-56.
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Tarver Behring, S., Cabello, B., Kushida, D., & Murguia, A. (2000). Cultural modifications to current school-based consultation approaches reported by culturally diverse beginning consultants. School Psychology Review, 29, 354-367.