Dale Cusumano, Ph.D.

Director of K-12 Programs

Dale joined Helps Education Fund in January of 2022.  She shares that joining the Helps Education Fund team has put a spring in her step as she eagerly looks forward to collaborating on this important and rewarding work.

Dale earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Florida. Across her career, Dale has worked as a school psychologist at the school and district level where she has led initiatives to develop systems and practices to support use of evidence-based practices and data-based decision making in schools. Dale also served as a university faculty member in the School Psychology department at the University of South Florida and research faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she coordinated a federally funded school-based problem solving (Team-Initiated Problem Solving) grant.  Most recently, in her role as a Senior Implementation Specialist at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), Dale’s efforts were directed at developing state and district level leaderships’ capacity to design systems and practices to adopt, sustain, and scale effective educational practices. In this role, Dale also served as the Co-Director of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) center and Principal Investigator of projects in early childhood, child welfare, and education. Dale is very excited to not only share these experiences but also grow from the learnings of others in her role of Director of K-12 Programs at Helps Education Fund.

Dale lives in Charlotte with her husband.  She has two dogs and two cats who try to keep her from missing her two children who are in college and graduate school. Dale enjoys being outdoors, reading, working out, and is always looking for a new fun hobby!