• Psychology

     Welcome to the HMS School Psychologist’s page!   

    Our school psychologist is Mrs. Michelle Vertanen.  


    Who are school psychologists?

    School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

    What do school psychologists do?

    School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools success.

    Online Resources:

    National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

    Mental Health Resources (Department of Health & Human Services)

    Maryland Community Services Locator (Locate community resources)

    Understood (Learn about learning and attention issues)

    The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Resources)

    Reading Rockets (Reading resources)

    Stop Bullying (Department of Health & Human Services)

    Coalition to Support Grieving Students (Scholastic)

    The One World Center for Autism (Prince George's County, Non-Profit)

     Behavioral Health Providers in PG County (PG Health Department)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



    Promoting Children's Mental Health (NASP)

    Homework: A Guide for Parents (NASP)

    ADHD: A Primer for Parents (NASP)

    Depression: Supporting Students at School (NASP)

    School Refusal: Information for Educators (NASP)

    Special Education: A Basic Guide for Parents (NASP)


    Available at HMS on Wednesdays and Thursdays by

    Phone: 301-209- 5830 ext. 71472 or

    Email: michelle2.young@pgcps.org