School Psychology Services

Cedar Clinic Entrance

The School Psychology Clinic provides services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Every client is given an individually selected group of tests which could include intelligence, academic achievement, personality, interest, visual-motor, adaptive behavior, and social-emotional performance. The Clinic also uses autism-specific instruments as indicated.  Also, clients may be observed in a variety of situations.

The assessment process typically consists of a series of psychological and educational tests. Clients and/or their parents also are interviewed by a clinician regarding early development, health, educational history, and current social behavior.  For most clients, a full day is necessary; for others, only a half day is needed. If more time is needed, another appointment is scheduled.

At the Clinic, doctoral school psychology students gain experience in working with individuals with a wide variety of concerns. The student staff is closely supervised by certified school psychologists/licensed psychologists. The Clinic Coordinator is a professional licensed psychologist who has also been certified as a school psychologist (national and by the PA Department of Education).

Referrals

Clients seek school psychological services for many reasons. Parents of preschool children may want to know if their child is ready for kindergarten. Older students are often referred because they are having difficulty in reading, math or other academic subjects. Other students are seen due to behavioral problems or difficulty with school adjustment. Some students are referred to determine if they are intellectually or academically gifted. Autism-specific evaluations are also conducted.  Parents who are concerned about the appropriateness of a previous evaluation or special class placement can bring their child to the clinic for an independent evaluation. Referrals can be made for home- or school-related concerns.

Referral forms can be obtained from:

School Psychology Administrative Support Assistant
CEDAR Clinic

The Pennsylvania State University
125 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 865-1881
Fax: (814) 865-7066
Email: 

Service Fees

Parents or the referral source are expected to pay a fee, usually on the day of the appointment. However, it is our intent that everyone receives service. When it is evident that payment potentially poses a financial hardship, the fee can either be reduced (according to a schedule based on income and number of dependents) or waived completely.

Contact Information

Dr. Shirley A. Woika                                                                                            
The Pennsylvania State University                      
Coordinator, School Psychological Services                      
101A CEDAR Building                                           
University Park, PA 16802                                    
Telephone: (814) 863-2421                                   
Fax: (814) 865-7066                                              
saw194@psu.edu