School Psychology Program: Primary Faculty

Candice N. Aston, Ph.D, NCSP, Assistant Professor, Program Director

Dr. Aston earned her doctorate in School Psychology in 2017 from Duquesne University. She also earned a M.S. degree in Child Psychology and a M.A. in Elementary Education. Dr. Aston has years of experience working with urban populations in school and clinical settings. She recently completed her doctoral internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center, which provides intensive psychiatric services for children with significant trauma and mental health concerns. The focal point of her research has centered around culturally relevant social-emotional interventions for racially diverse populations. In addition, Dr. Aston is interested in Black female identity development and disproportionality.  Dr. Aston has extensive intervention experience and has published several journal articles on school-based interventions. In addition, she has presented at several national conferences and is currently a member of NASP and APA. Dr. Aston will be responsible for the coordination of practicum placements and will be teaching the Practicum Seminar.


Craig Rush, Ph.D., NCSP, Associate Professor

Dr. Rush graduated from the University of Alabama with a Ph.D. in school psychology and an Ed.S. in educational psychology-school psychology. He also earned M.S. degrees in rehabilitation counseling, substance abuse counseling, and vocational evaluation from East Carolina University. Before his faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology at Towson University, Dr. Rush was a member of the faculty in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama and the Department of Psychology at Barry University. His research interests are primarily focused on technological applications and alternative methods related to consultation, professional training, school-based disaster preparation and response, and various forms of intervention and assessment. Before working in academe, Dr. Rush worked in public rehabilitation agencies in North Carolina and Nevada. He holds the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential and is a Licensed Applied Psychologist in Virginia.