Dr. Ronnie Cunningham, Dean of Students and Educational Psychologist - Ronnie Cunningham has spent the past twelve years as a football coach, counselor, intervention specialist, teacher, and educational psychologist in Washington, California and Germany.
The proud father of two children, he completed a Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington in 2005, where his dissertation focused on the impact of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and exposure to violence in predicting outcomes of poor mental health in school-aged adolescents.
He has also worked as a School Psychologist for both the Edmonds and Seattle School Districts.
Ronnie brings tremendous experience in working with students of color throughout the Seattle area in programs such as Reconnecting Youth, the Seattle Children's Home, and the Nathan Hale Football Team.
In addition to his duties at Rainier Scholars, Dr. Cunningham works as an adjunct professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington.
Ronnie spent multiple summers working as a teacher with the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP), a summer enrichment program for gifted students of color entering high school.
As an alumnus of Lakeside, Ronnie
appreciated the opportunity to provide other young people with some of the same educational opportunities he
had as a younger man.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Occidental College, a Master's degree in school psychology and a doctoral degree in educational psychology both from the University of Washington.