School Psychology

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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; 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. Our training is designed to be sequential, cumulative, graded in complexity, and structured to prepare students for careers in academic, research, and applied settings. 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
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Oklahoma State University

In school systems, graduates typically hold leadership or administrative positions, depending on their interest. Our program adheres to the APA accreditation standards as well as training guidelines outlined by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Therefore, our program prepares students for entry into the profession of psychology and applied behavior analysis. Given the varied and changing requirements across jurisdictions, we cannot assure, nor is it our responsibility, that graduates will meet all requirements for licensure in all states or territories. You are encouraged to become familiar with state licensing laws and discuss your curricular plan with your major professor and DCT.

For information on psychology licensure in the state of Louisiana, click here.

For information on school psychology certification in the state of Louisiana, click here.

For information on licensure as a behavior analyst in the state of Louisiana, click here.

For information on psychology licensure in the United States and Canada, please visit the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

For more information on School Psychology, please contact Dr. Anna Long at

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Commitment to Diversity

We encourage applications from individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds. Baton Rouge is a racially diverse city and our work in the greater Baton Rouge community allows us to provide clinical services to and conduct research with racially diverse individuals in our community. We take great pride in this diversity. Furthermore, our program is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that supports cultural and individual differences and diversity. Additionally, “Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority” (see entire LSU Diversity Statement).