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School Psychology

The Utah State University Psychology Department offers both educational specialist (EdS) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in School Psychology. The EdS Program prepares school psychologists who function primarily as practitioners in educational settings, whereas the PhD Program prepares professionals who can work in research institutions and practice in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice).

School psychologists work to support the behavioral/mental health and educational success of youth and their caregivers. Training focuses on developing scientific problem-solving skills as well as broad competencies in assessment, intervention, and consultation. Emphasis is placed on culturally-competent, ethically-informed, and legally-compliant practice in collaborative, interdisciplinary settings.

The School Psychology Program features accomplished faculty with expertise in the areas of school mental health, mindfulness-based intervention, autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, self-regulated learning, and parent training.

The School Psychology Program is part of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and housed on the Logan campus in the Education Building. Learn more about applying to the USU Psychology Department, how students are funded, and a week-in-the-life of students in our department.

Course Highlights

Introduction to School Psychology | Assessment of Autism and Related Disabilities | Behavioral and Mental Health Intervention in School Psychology

PhD

  • Admitted to work with a Major Professor
  • 5 years + 1 year internship
  • Full tuition award & assistantship w/ stipend
  • Training in scientific psychology, health service psychology
  • Thesis & dissertation projects
  • Extensive research lab experience
  • Several years of part-time practicum
  • Psychology internship
  • Employed as practitioners in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice) or as faculty at universities and research institutes
  • New program working towards APA-accreditation and NASP approval. 

EdS

  • NASP Approved
  • Admitted to work with a Major Professor
  • 2 years + 1 year internship
  • Out of state tuition waiver for year 1 + assistantship w/ stipend
  • One-year, part-time practicum in schools
  • Thesis project
  • Extensive research lab experience
  • School-based internship
  • Satisfies requirements for school psychology licensure/certification
  • Meets requirements for credentialing as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Employed primarily as practitioners in schools or other educational settings.

School Psychology Faculty and Lab Pages

The Self-Regulated Learning Lab | Greg Callan

The Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Lab examines the development of innovative measurement tools to examine processes, the development of interventions to foster SRL, and how educators and school psychologists can support the development of SRL.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab | Maryellen McClain Verdoes

The AND Lab is a research group that investigates Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, psychological and psychoeducational assessment and cultural and linguistic diverse student populations.

 

Gretchen Gimpel Peacock

Dr. Peacock's lab is only accepting students for mentorship in the School Psychology EdS Program.  

Tyler Renshaw | Research Page

Tyler’s lab focuses on the research of mental health, wellbeing, and mindfulness in schools.