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School Psychology - Psy.D.

The School Psychology Psy.D. Program is 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, through 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 online from the links below:

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.

Psy.D.  Graduation Requirements
The Psy.D. program requires the satisfactory completion of 105 credits, a comprehensive examination, the clinical competencies comprehensive examination, the PRAXIS II Examination, a doctoral dissertation, and a year-long internship.

Department Contact

Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Psy.D., Director
Marillac Hall, Room 409-E
[email protected]

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
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