Professional Biography

As adjunct associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Sichel conducts both master’s and doctoral-level seminars and courses for the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division that include assessment, school-based psychological intervention, professional issues in school psychology, special education, guidance and counseling, mental health consultation, and community mental health. She is responsible for the supervision, observation, and evaluation of a number of Psychological Services practicum students and school psychology interns. She teaches in both the programs for Counseling and Mental Health Services and in the Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling.

Dr. Sichel also teaches doctoral-level courses and is a dissertation advisor for the Mid-Career Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program. Her position as a school superintendent provides real-life experiences to the students in curriculum and instruction, organizational development, leadership, human resources, fiscal management, designing local inquiries, and other vital topics to becoming the chief executive officer in a school system, independent school, or a non-profit organization.

As superintendent of schools in the Abington School District, Abington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sichel manages and directs the affairs of the school system. She interprets for the public the purposes, practices, accomplishments, and needs of the school system. Dr. Sichel was recently named the PA 2010 Superintendent of the Year, an E-News Tech Savvy Superintendent, and was the president of the PA Association of School Administrators in 2010-2011. Beyond that, Dr. Sichel has held a variety of positions in public education including assistant superintendent, director of Pupil Services, guidance chairperson, school psychologist, and school counselor.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Sichel, a licensed psychologist, has experience in private practice in the areas of assessment and psychotherapy to children, adults, and families by using systems approach with children in regard to their family and schools, developing intervention strategies with schools through ongoing consultation with school personnel, and consulting with other health services professionals.


B.A. Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1975.
M.S.Ed. (Psychological Services) University of Pennsylvania, 1976.
Ph.D. (School Psychology) University of Pennsylvania , 1981.

Selected Publications

Sichel, A.: Written Testimony on the Reauthorization of ESEA and No Child Left Behind. September 2011.

Sichel, A.,& Bomze, J. : Digging deeper with data. ASCA School Counselor January/February 2007.

Sichel, A. : Featured superintendent in Succession: Insiders vs. outsiders, by Jay Mathews. The School Administrators. 2002.

Sichel, A.: Case Study: When peace takes precedence. National Resource Center for Safe Schools. 1997.

McDermott, P., Watkins, M,, & Sichel, A.: The accuracy of new national scales for detecting emotional disturbance of children and adolescents. The Journal of Special Education 29(3), 1994.

Sichel, A., et al.: Pennsylvania School Psychology Symposium Stimulus Paper. Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA. 1992.