Dr. Kari Oyen is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota.  Her primarily focus of research is the identity and unique practices of rural schools and the provision of mental health services in rural settings.  She also examines the issues of child maltreatment in rural settings.  Dr. Oyen is the President and the Chair of Government Professional Relations for the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists and the Central Region representative for the National Association of School Psychologists Government Professional Relations committee.  She is also a state coordinator for the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports project.  Dr. Oyen sat on the taskforce for the shortages of school psychologists and is on the writing team for the 2020 revision of the NASP practice model.  In 2014, Dr. Oyen received the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Disabilities for her contributions to the field of disabilities.  She also received the School Psychologist of the Year Award by the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists in 2015.  Most recently, Dr. Oyen was awarded a competitive summer training grant to examine factors related to child maltreatment in South Dakota.  This training grant is funded by the National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD).