Ph.D. in School Psychology
The Ph.D. degree program in School Psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA)* and aligned with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards. As such, the Ph.D. program graduates professional school psychologists who are broadly educated within the context of the scientific bases of general psychology and who are more specifically educated in the application and generation of knowledge in their specialized discipline aligned with NASP training standards and the program's APA goals, objectives and competencies.
The Loyola University Chicago Ph. D. Program in School Psychology is focused on the preparation of professional school psychologists and system leaders who engage in scientifically-driven practice within a social justice framework. The doctoral school psychology program supports the training of future school psychologist leaders who apply a social justice lens in the application of scientifically-based interventions in underserved environments and with disenfranchised groups. A social justice perspective on school psychology practice is the overarching umbrella. Within this overarching umbrella is a focus on training future psychologists who will engage in scientifically-based practice to meet the needs of children and families in diverse environments. An effort is made to develop an active community of learners and researchers. All students are required to become active participants on an established research team.
Students are prepared to take a scientific, problem-solving approach to their practice and to evaluate the outcomes of their work through response-to-treatment interventions and data-based decision making. Students are not only prepared to read and understand existing scientific research, but to also develop new applications-oriented knowledge through their own research and scholarship. This degree is conferred by The Graduate School.
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The School Psychology Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.
*The next APA accreditation site visit for the Ph.D. School Psychology program will be held in 2018. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org