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The School Psychology doctoral program at LSU is fully-accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (APA CoA; Education Directorate, Program Consultation & Accreditation; 750 First Street, NE; Washington, DC 20002; phone: 202-336-5979; fax: 202-336-5978; apaaccred@apa.org) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402; Bethesda, MD 20814). Our program is both small and collegial. Each student has intensive and frequent contact with faculty members, particularly his or her major professor. Because the program has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 6:1, abundant opportunity is provided for students to learn directly about being a school psychologist instead of merely attending classes.

The program embraces a scientist/practitioner model of training and is designed to develop psychologists who use scientific problem-solving techniques in their research as well as their practice. The orientation is behavioral/ecological, with a focus on children as they function within family, school, and community systems. The program strongly emphasizes the training of school psychologists who are agents of change in children’s lives. The development of consultation, behavior analytic, and intervention/treatment skills is strongly emphasized.

The program prepares students to develop interventions for behavior and academic problems and offers a course sequence that has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to fulfill one of the requirements for sitting for the national board certification examination in behavior analysis. There is a strong focus on "hands on" work in schools, clinics, hospitals and institutions. Employment opportunities in these settings after graduation are now plentiful. Approximately 30% of graduates work in university settings.

The school Psychology faculty are nationally recognized scholars in their areas of inquiry and training. They have won a variety of awards for scholarship. They have served or currently serve as editor and associate editor of journals in Psychology and education. All of the school Psychology faculty have obtained grants to support their research and training work. The school Psychology program has been identified as among the top 3 in school Psychology programs nationally in scholarly productivity based upon a paper published in School Psychology Quarterly, the scholarly journal for school Psychology within APA.

Because faculty and students are active in creating new knowledge through research, graduate students can expect solid evidence-based training incorporating the most recent developments in the field. Graduates of the program are recruited heavily by schools, hospitals, institutions, and universities. Program graduates hold faculty positions at Utah State University, Marcus Center (Emory University), Miami University, University of British Columbia, the University of California – Santa Barbara, and Oklahoma State University. In school systems, graduates typically hold leadership or administrative positions, depending on their interest.

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LSU School Psychology Program Training Goals and Objectives

For more information on School Psychology, please contact Dr. Gresham at gresham@lsu.edu.

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