The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in School Psychology prepares graduates to review the theoretical and empirical literature on a professional topic and draw conclusions concerning how research will drive professional practice and to conceptualize psychological problems of children, and adolescents and their families, and construct professional assessment or treatment plans to resolve their problems.
Graduates will be able to answer professional questions with the collection of empirical data, develop programs that meet the educational and mental health needs of children and their families, and base all professional activities on sound scientific theory and data.
Graduates will perform all professional activities with the highest professional standards in compliance with ethical principles, be committed to service to the community, and appreciate and consider the diversity of social and cultural experiences that influence human behavior.
The program will prepare graduates to:
Demonstrate effective consultation and collaboration skills, using consultative models for problem-solving.
Demonstrate efficient development of cognitive/academic skills.
Demonstrate understanding of student/client socialization and life skills development.
Demonstrate knowlege of cultural and linguistic diversity and its impact on the many functions of the school psychologists.
Demonstrate understanding of school and systems organization, policy development, and climate.
Demonstrate effective skills in prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health.
Demonstrate effective collaboration between school, home, and community.
Demonstrate skills in research and program evaluation.
Demonstrate an understanding of school psychology practice and development.
Demonstrate proficiency at the doctoral level