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School Psychology, Doctor of Psychology

PsyD School Psychology
105 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The School Psychology Psy.D. Program is fully APA-accredited, as of April 2007, by the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20002-4242, tel. (202) 336-5979. The School Psychology Psy.D. program is also fully approved/accredited, until December 2023, by the National Association of School Psychologists(NASP). The School Psychology Psy.D. program is also approved by the ASPPB/National Register.

The program offers both a general track and a bilingual track of study. A listing of program requirements for each track is accessible in Courses section below.

Read our frequently asked questions about the program, admissions, financial aid, and more within the Psychology Department.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Psychology faculty.

Department Contact

Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Psy.D.
Program Director, School Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
[email protected]

Diane Spitz
Academic Support Assistant
[email protected]


For admittance to the program, applicants must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree
  • Satisfy the department that his or her undergraduate preparation indicates a high potential for successful advanced study in psychology
  • Submit transcripts of undergraduate and any prior graduate work
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a laboratory course
  • Submit three to five letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the matter of the applicant's research potential
  • Submit two papers from psychology courses: one a laboratory paper and one a term paper
  • Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals
  • Submit acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (general)
  • Complete an interview process with the departmental admissions committee
  • Students currently matriculated for a master's degree at St. John's University who are interested in the University's doctoral programs must follow the procedure outlined for new applicants.
  • Students who have a Masters in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can apply for advanced standing status. 
  • The application deadline for the School Psychology Psy.D. Program is December 31.
  • Students accepted for admission to a doctoral program with any course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies prior to matriculation.

Prior to beginning required supervised clinical hours at the University Clinics and external clinical placement sites, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100.  For more information, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin.

Advanced Standing applicants, please note:

The Advanced Standing program is highly competitive and is for students who have already earned their master’s degree in school psychology. Only one or two students are admitted into this program per year, and in some years no students are admitted. Applicants may choose to apply to the full Psy.D. general track, 105-credit program. The vast majority of courses for students in the advanced standing track are taught in the late afternoon/early evening. Some specific courses (i.e., Statistics) have been taught earlier during the day. This is important for advanced standing applicants to consider when applying for the program.


The University awards some Doctoral Fellowships annually to qualified graduate students. Doctoral fellows are generally appointed to the Department of Psychology where they work eighteen hours per week in support of faculty research. Additional assistantships are available in both academic and non-academic departments throughout the University. The University requires recipients to maintain a full-time course of study, and work fifteen hours per week in their respective department. The assistantships provide tuition remission for a maximum of fifteen credits and sometimes, a stipend. Recipients are prohibited from outside employment for the duration of their contract with the University.

Interested students must complete the Application for Graduate Assistantships/ Doctoral Fellowships. Two letters of recommendation are required. Generally, Graduate Assistants have been selected based on academic achievement. Individual departments may have specific criteria for the consideration of assistants; the applicant should contact the Graduate Division of St. John's College for more information.

Applicants for assistantships must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application; both forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid.

For further information about fellowships and assistantships at St. John's University please view the Graduate Fellows and Assistants Manual.


Career Outcomes

In accordance with the Vincentian mission of St. John¹s University and the 11 stated training goals for the Graduate Programs in School Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in School Psychology specifically aims to prepare doctoral candidates to be:

  • Psychologists who can review the theoretical and empirical literature on a professional topic and draw conclusions concerning how research will drive professional practice.
  • Psychologists who can conceptualize psychological problems of children, and adolescents and their families, and construct professional assessment or treatment plans to resolve their problems.
  • Psychologists who can answer professional questions with the collection of empirical data.
  • Psychologists who can develop programs that meet the educational and mental health needs of children and their families.
  • Psychologists who can base all professional activities on sound scientific theory and data.
  • Psychologists who can perform all professional activities with the highest professional standards in compliance with ethical principles.
  • Psychologists who can be committed to service to the community.
  • Psychologists who can appreciate and consider the diversity of social and cultural experiences that influence human behavior.

For more information about who are school psychologists, please visit the NASP website.

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