Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

PhD in School Psychology

Overview

The PhD in School Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association* and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. As such, the PhD program graduates Health Service Psychologists in the practice area of School Psychology 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 the APA Standards of Accreditation and the NASP training standards. Therefore, the Loyola University Chicago School Psychology PhD program has three aims:

Aim #1:
To develop scientist-practitioners who have a professional identity as socially just school psychologists who are guided by the ethical and legal principles of the profession;

Aim #2:
To develop scientist-practitioners who understand and can implement evidence- based, assessment, intervention, and consultation practice from a social justice perspective; and

Aim #3:
To develop scientist-practitioners who can evaluate, produce, and disseminate research.

To achieve these aims, the program is scoped and sequenced to build students’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills such that they can enter the profession with the foundational and functional competencies needed to effectively to provide services.

The Ph.D. School Psychology Program at Loyola University Chicago is a full-time academic program. We use the scientist-practitioner Boulder Model of training with a focus on science to practice within a social justice framework. We expect that our graduates represent the scientist-practitioner ideal of a person who not only applies psychological knowledge within the context of their professional practice, but also a person who can generate new, applications-oriented knowledge through his/her research and scholarly activities and the application of such in the service of others through a social justice framework.

Program benefits

  • Engage in scientifically-driven practice within a social justice framework, working with underserved environments and with disenfranchised groups.
  • Graduate from a doctoral program accredited by NASP and APA, and that is aligned with ISBE standards.
  • Incorporate research and data into decision-making, as well as to conduct new research and scholarship.
  • Learn from respected faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Program outcomes

  • Understand the history of school psychology, as well as traditional and emerging roles as ethical and socially just decision-makers and leaders in practice and research.
  • Understand the historical discrimination and inequity on educational and psychological functioning, as well as the impact of individual differences and social/cultural influences on development and adjustment.
  • Conduct evidence-based, data driven approached to assessment, intervention, and evaluation of services from a social justice perspective. 
  • Conduct evidence-based direct counseling and mental health interventions, as well as indirect consultative interventions in applied settings. 
  • Critically evaluate research (i.e., designs, data analysis, and data interpretation) from a methodological, as well as ethical and social justice perspective.  
  • Apply research methodological skills and statistical expertise to successfully complete dissertation research. 
  • Present at psychological and educational conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication. 

Explore the program

The School Psychology Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the 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: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation