Kari Oyen

Kari Oyen

Assistant Professor


Delzell Education Center 205A

Phone: (605) 677-6308

Email: Kari.Oyen@usd.edu


Kari A. Oyen, Ph.D. NCSP, is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota.

Teaching Interests:

School Psychology Practicum, Systems Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Child Psychopathology, Behavior Interventions, Principles and Practices of School Psychology, and Personality and Behavior Assessment

Research Interests:

Rural School Psychology, Comprehensive Behavioral and Mental Health Services in Rural Settings, Systems Prevention and Impact on Student Outcomes


  • Ph D, School Psychology, The University of South Dakota, 2016
  • Ed.S., School Psychology, The University of South Dakota, 2008
  • BA, Psychology, Augustana University, 2005

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Licensed Psychologist, South Dakota Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • South Dakota School Psychology Certification, South Dakota Department of Education
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist, National Association of School Psychologists


  • Understanding the Landscape of Child Maltreatment in Rural Settings, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Grant Role: Principal. (2019 - Present)
  • Idaho Rural PBIS Implementation Project, Department of Defense. Grant Role: Other. (2018 - 2024)
  • Factors That Help New Teachers Persist to Teaching in Rural Settings., BUsh Foundation in Sub-contract with NDSU. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2017 - 2018)
  • The Mediating Role of Teacher Self-Efficacy., School of Education. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2018)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Oyen, Kari A.. Transforming best practices into actions that can make a difference. Edited by John Desrochers, 6-7. Vol. 45, Iss. 8. Bethesda, MD: Communique, 2017.
  • Oyen, Kari, Eklund, Katie, and von der Embse, Nathaniel. The Landscape of Advocacy in Public Schools: The Role of School Psychologists. Washington, D.C.: Psychological Services.
  • Oyen, Kari A., and Wollersheim-Shervey, Sarah. An Examination of Critical Elements of Positive Frameworks: Impact in Rural Environments for School-based Practitioners. Contemporary School Psychology.
  • Oyen, Kari A.. Challenges unique to rural school psychology. In Introduction to School Psychology, edited by Dr. Matt Burns. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Awards and Honors:

  • President's Certificate of Achievement, National Association of School Psychologists, 2019
  • Excellence in Service Award, University of South Dakota School of Education, 2019
  • School Psychologist of the Year, South Dakota Association of School Psychologists, 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, Center for Disabilities-USD Sanford School of Medicine, 2014


  • Oyen, Kari. Advancing the Value of Your Role and Best Practices for Children: Ignite Your Inner Advocate!. Presented at the OSPA Annual Fall Conference, Edmund, OK. (November 2, 2018)
  • Cowan, Kathy, Oyen, Kari, Dockweiler, Katie. Promoting Your Role & Enhancing Your Value With Decision-Makers. Presented at the NASP 2018 Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. (February 15, 2018)
  • Kuznik, Annie, Oyen, Kari. Strengths and Limitations of a Rural College Access Program. Presented at the NASP 2018 Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. (February 14, 2018)
  • Oyen, Kari A., Strobach, Kelly. Navigating ESSA for school based mental health providers. Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, National Harbor, MD. (October 19, 2017)
  • Oyen, Kari A., Von De Embse, Nate. Achieving policy solutions with effective grassroots advocacy. Presented at the National Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC. (July 18, 2017)
  • Cowan, Kathy, Oyen, Kari. Advancing school psychologists as highly qualified mental and behavioral health providers. Presented at the NASP 2017 Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX. (February 2017)
  • Oyen, Kari A., Wollersheim-Shervey, Sarah. Positive behavior interventions and supports for rural schools. Presented at the NASP 2017 Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX. (February 2017)