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Welcome to the School Psychology Program at Penn State!

The School Psychology doctoral program is a scientist-practitioner program firmly grounded in both psychology and education. Students receive training in conducting research that is relevant to schools and education, interpreting the extant research literature, incorporating empirical findings into practice, adopting a scientific problem-solving approach to school-based problems, and using objective and scientifically grounded principles in assessing their own practice. Students' training in the major areas of school-based practice (assessment and diagnosis, intervention, consultation, program evaluation, and supervision) is accomplished through coursework and practica.

Students' training in the core areas of school psychological practice ensures that they are knowledgeable about best professional practices, research, and professional standards. Students are also expected to identify and pursue a special proficiency that further defines their professional area of expertise.

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The School Psychology doctoral program is a scientist-practitioner program firmly grounded in both psychology and education. Students receive training in conducting research that is relevant to schools and education, interpreting the extant research literature, incorporating empirical findings into practice, adopting a scientific problem-solving approach to school-based problems, and using objective and scientifically grounded principles in assessing their own practice. Students' training in the major areas of school-based practice (assessment and diagnosis, intervention, consultation, program evaluation, and supervision) is accomplished through coursework and practica.

Students' training in the core areas of school psychological practice ensures that they are knowledgeable about best professional practices, research, and professional standards. Students may also elect to identify and pursue a special proficiency that further defines their professional area of expertise.

The School Psychology Clinicians provides services to children, adolescents, and young adults at the Herr Clinic. 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 School Psychology Clinicians also use 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 Herr 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).

School Psychology Clinic

The School Psychology Clinicians provides services to children, adolescents, and young adults at the Herr Clinic. 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 School Psychology Clinicians also use autism-specific instruments as indicated. Also, clients may be observed in a variety of situations.

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