Dr. Shanna Sadeh, Ph.D., J.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Nationally Certified School Psychologist


(480) 390-4443

7940 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy #103

Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Dr. Shanna Sadeh earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota after an extensive career as a business trial lawyer in Minneapolis. She completed her residency by working as a school psychologist in Scottsdale Unified School District. She is an expert evaluator of student’s mental health and academic performance, skilled mediator of conflict, advocate for social justice, and consultant for school improvement. She has expertise in the intersection of law and psychology that facilitates high quality problem solving across diverse issues.

Dr. Sadeh is one of the founders of the Cohen Center for Student Learning and Mental Health, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Arizona’s schools and families (see www.coheninstitute.org).


  Sadeh, S. S., & Sullivan, A. L. (2017). Ethical and Legal landmines: Causal inference in special education decisions. Psychology in the Schools.
  Sadeh, S. S., & Sullivan, A. L. (2013). Navigating identification of emotional disturbance in practice: A brief Q&A. NASP Communiqué.
  Sullivan, A. L., Houri, A., & Sadeh, S. S. (2016). Demography and early academic skills of students from immigrant families: The kindergarten class of 2011. School Psychology Quarterly, 31, 149-162. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000137
  Sullivan, A. L., Kohli, N., Farnsworth, E.M., Sadeh, S. S., & Jones, L. (2016). Longitudinal models of reading achievement of students with learning disabilities and without disabilities. School Psychology Quarterly. doi: 10.1037/spq0000170
  Sullivan, A. L., & Sadeh, S. S. (2015). Psychopharmacological treatment among adolescents with disabilities: Prevalence and predictors in a nationally representative sample. School Psychology Quarterly. doi: 10.1037/spq0000105
  Kohli, N., Sullivan, A. L., Sadeh, S. S., & Zopluoglu, C. (2015). Longitudinal mathematics development of students with learning disabilities and students without disabilities: A comparison of linear, quadratic, and piecewise linear mixed effects models. Journal of School Psychology, 53, 105-120. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2014.12.002
  Sullivan, A. L., & Sadeh, S. S. (2014). Differentiating social maladjustment from emotional disturbance: An analysis of case law. School Psychology Review, 43, 450-471.
 Sullivan, A. L., & Sadeh, S. S. (2014). Is there evidence to support the use of social skills interventions for students with emotional disabilities? Journal of Applied School Psychology, 30, 1-25. doi: 10.1080/15377903.2014.888528
 Sadeh, S. S., Burns, M. K., & Sullivan, A. L. (2012). Examining an executive function rating scale as a predictor of achievement in children at risk for behavior problems. School Psychology Quarterly, 27, 236-246.
 Sullivan, A. L., & Sadeh, S. S. (2013). Special report: Special needs and early intervention among minority children. Foundation for Child Development.